Hello 14ers.com! Although I have know climbed a few 14ers this is my first trip report so bear with me here. I'll try and do the best I can to live up to some of the other fantastic reports I have read on here through the years.
This was my Dad and I's 3rd attempt at bagging Lincoln Bross and Cameron (if you can really count it or not). Our first attempt was botched after summiting Democrat because of some pretty nasty weather upon returning to the saddle. The second attempt alluded us due to the annoying leaks that have sprung up along the road to the trailhead.
Fortunately for us our third attempt was a huge success!
We got up at 4 a.m. this time around, which was much earlier than any other time we had ever gotten up for a hike. Despite the early start it felt good to get everything going so much earlier and I knew we would have a much better chance of avoiding any weather by starting earlier.
Along the way as we neared Fairplay we spotted a black bear along the side of the road running up a hill. This was the first time either my dad or I had ever seen a bear in the wild. We tried to get a picture but he had already booked it out of there so we didn't get a chance. Nonetheless that was a very cool start to our day.
By the time we were all set and had paid the parking fee it was 6:45 and so far the weather seemed like it was gonna hold out well so we set off. We set what seemed to me to be a pretty decent pace, brushing off all the terrain we had already seen and passing by a few groups of people. That didn't stop a couple with a dog from blazing right by us
Our First goal for the day
This little guy stopped by to say hello
Even though I've been here before the views get me every time
Amazing how different something can look from another angle
We continued to trudge on, only taking an extended break at the saddle to get some nourishment. We finally summited Cameron at 9:12 am, only to then find Lincoln out in front of us.
Now you can never really tell from pictures until you see if all for yourself, but I imagined Lincoln being closer than it looked at first. My dad upon summiting Cameron right behind me asked "Ok, so wheres Lincoln?" upon pointing to it he incredulously said "Seriously?! I thought it was closer than that?!"
Turns out it wasn't very far off at all. After a little break we headed over to Lincoln and it was about 9:37 am when my dad summited behind me. Upon reaching the final little hop up to the summit I was initially a little worried because I'm afraid of heights. However I had no troubles at all and actually found it all to be quite fun so I feel like I've definitely conquered a lot of my fear in the past couple of years climbing 14ers. Once my dad arrived we got some Summit shots, which included a pic with the Wich-wich bag (that gets me a 2nd free wich-wich! Yes!)
As we were getting ready to head off we encountered a group of guys from Texas being led by a 2 friends from Colorado. They were hollering when they hit the top and we sat and helped them get some group photos and just enjoyed the company of some friendly folks. They were pretty cool and congrats to them on hitting all the summits that day, that must've been tough going for them.
We quickly headed for Bross and despite the fact that you aren't supposed to go to the summit we did anyway. On one hand I felt bad because you clearly aren't supposed to go up there but at the same time we hadn't come all that way only to not get all the summits.
So we went up to the top and quickly got our pictures and left. It had been an hour since we left Mt. Lincoln.
The Mars like landscape of Mt. Bross
More Amazing Views
We started down pretty quickly and I knew up ahead we were going to have to deal with the loose gully and slope back down to Kite Lake. However I didn't anticipate it would be as loose as it was. It was never difficult and we were always comfortable, but its definitely not terrain you want to really go fast down. And I can tell you for a fact I would NOT take that route up Bross. That would be such a pain I would think.
Looking back up at most of the slope and gully
After such a long day we were really hurting, especially my dad, and a number of times he nearly twisted an ankle or had to stop because his legs were shaking. I kept giving him encouragement and we were soon onto much easier terrain right down near Kite Lake. What I found to be really cool was the waterfall, which in the quietness of the surroundings could be heard from a long way off.
We finally made it back to the car at 12:25, almost 6 hours after we started. I don't know if thats a good time for those 3 but we felt pretty proud of ourselves for finally getting those peaks checked off the list and behind us. It had been a rough day but it had also been a great day up in the mountains getting to spend some quality time with my dad. We began the long journey back home, but only after unpacking and eating some delicious sandwiches. Man I swear those sandwiches never taste as good as they do after finishing a long fantastic day of hiking!
Thanks for reading!
These are some other pics I liked:
Almost to Cameron
Cool cloud shot
Dad and I
Looks like I'm on the edge of the world or something haha
Another waterfall pic
Columbines along the trail