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 Peak(s):  Mt. Democrat  -  14,148 feet
Mt. Lincoln  -  14,286 feet
Mt. Bross  -  14,172 feet
 Post Date:  07/26/2009
 Date Climbed:   07/26/2009
 Posted By:  filfisher

 Kite Loop Questions Answered   

First time poster here so I apologize if this post should be elsewhere. But I wanted to answer a few questions that I had about this route before climbing it today:

1) The road - the road is actually fine. We made it up in an AWD minivan without any difficulty whatsoever. It rained heavily the night before but the road drains well and aside from about 4-5 groupings of deep potholes, we made it smoothly. One could probably make it up in a 2WD car, as we saw a few in the parking lot. But it won't be pretty on your chassis (i.e., I wouldn't drive a brand new 2WD car up there if you care about it).

2) Time - As previous trip reports on here state, the place is a zoo after 6:30/7:00am. You won't be one of the "lucky ones" and maybe miss the crowds if you get there after 7:00... there are tons of people. We got there at exactly 6am and ended up being the 2nd party to summit Democrat. So if you want to wake up a little early you can miss a lot of the madness. Also, we descended Bross and arrived at our car at ~11:30 and an hour or so later it was absolutely pouring. Starting early at a popular place like this definitely paid off.

3) Trails - Most of the climb is very straightforward but there are 3 somewhat tricky spots. On the descent from Lincoln to Bross you should take the road that is clearly visible on your left. Do not re-summit Cameron and then descend to Bross. Second, a couple hundred feet below Bross' summit there's a fork in the road and a sign that says "closed trail". Take the fork on your right and just follow it up. It's a less direct route but it's also the "legal" way up (supposedly). Finally, on the descent from Bross you do NOT need to go back down the road you came in on (as some people on the summit with us thought). When you reach the summit simply look towards your right and you will see a cairn that marks the trail down.

4) Descent back to the lot (from Bross) - I was worried it was going to be rough but it actually ended up being slippery but ok. Just take it slow and I highly recommend using poles. I typically don't use them myself but they were invaluable to me on this descent.

5) Scenery - Last but most important, the scenery was absolutely stunning. There's a reason why so many people climb this route and it's not simply because you can bag 3 (4?) 14ers fairly easily. I've spent a fair amount of time in the mountains and the scenery on this climb was amongst the best I've come across.

Good luck to you all and happy climbing!

 


  • Comments or Questions (1)
mspalding

Thanks for the Answers     2009-08-05 20:14:53
Thanks to your report I‘ll take my wife‘s car (4wd) and leave earlier.



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