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Mt. Bross Closure

Postby TravelinJoe » Wed Feb 03, 2010 11:38 pm

Hello climbers!
Can anyone tell me if Mt. Bross is still closed to public access?
Thank you
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Re: Mt. Bross Closure

Postby Jim Davies » Thu Feb 04, 2010 9:53 am

The summit is still closed, officially. In reality, hundreds of people visited it every weekend last summer.
http://14ers.org/peaks_Mosquito_Bross.php
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Re: Mt. Bross Closure

Postby summers » Tue Mar 02, 2010 6:22 am

Colorado 14ers Initiative (CFI) and Volunteers of Colorado (VOC) are working this summer to reconstruct the trail to the summit of Mt Bross in hopes that it can be re-opened to the public this fall. The link below gives more information on this project.

http://www.voc.org/index.php?option=com_hwdcourses&Itemid=114&func=details&did=71

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Re: Mt. Bross Closure

Postby AnyaByers » Tue Mar 02, 2010 11:24 am

CFI, VOC and Wildlands Restoration Volunteers (WRV) are working to repair a section of trail (on Forest Service property) near a stream crossing on the lower approach to Mt. Bross in summer 2010. The process of gaining legal access across private property on the summit of Mt. Bross is completely separate. Although access is being pursued, the organizations involved cannot guarantee that it will be successful by a certain date. In the mean time, hikers are asked to stay on the legal trail, which allows them to summit Mts. Democrat, Cameron and Lincoln, and stay on the "Bross Bypass" route that skirts below the Bross summit before descending to Kite Lake. Hikers that choose to summit Mt. Bross illegally (intentionally ignoring the signs, and disregarding the hard work that has been required to re-open access to the rest of the route) jeopardize legal access in the future for all of us. It's worth pointing that out to other hikers you encounter up there. And, of course, it's still worth volunteering for those trail work projects!

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Re: Mt. Bross Closure

Postby spack225 » Fri Sep 02, 2011 5:03 pm

does this closure affect the combo four route, and what i mean by that is, can you still get back to the trail head going that way, even it it means not submitting Mt. Bross

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Re: Mt. Bross Closure

Postby Doctor No » Fri Sep 02, 2011 5:04 pm

You can return to Kite Lake (on trail) without trespassing. See the site's route description for details.

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Re: Mt. Bross Closure

Postby gdthomas » Fri Sep 02, 2011 5:08 pm

AnyaByers wrote:CFI, VOC and Wildlands Restoration Volunteers (WRV) are working to repair a section of trail (on Forest Service property) near a stream crossing on the lower approach to Mt. Bross in summer 2010. The process of gaining legal access across private property on the summit of Mt. Bross is completely separate. Although access is being pursued, the organizations involved cannot guarantee that it will be successful by a certain date. In the mean time, hikers are asked to stay on the legal trail, which allows them to summit Mts. Democrat, Cameron and Lincoln, and stay on the "Bross Bypass" route that skirts below the Bross summit before descending to Kite Lake. Hikers that choose to summit Mt. Bross illegally (intentionally ignoring the signs, and disregarding the hard work that has been required to re-open access to the rest of the route) jeopardize legal access in the future for all of us. It's worth pointing that out to other hikers you encounter up there. And, of course, it's still worth volunteering for those trail work projects!


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Re: Mt. Bross Closure

Postby MUni Rider » Fri Sep 02, 2011 5:21 pm

Bross? Closed? Whaaaat? When the hell did this happen!!?? I guess I'll have to repeat Shavano and Tabeguache tomorrow instead.
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Re: Mt. Bross Closure

Postby ChrisRoberts » Fri Sep 02, 2011 5:51 pm

I know I'm being an a**hole by saying this, but even if they couldn't secure legal access to Bross, who cares?! People are climbing it now without much trouble, so yeah its a nice gesture to work diligently with landowners to open the summit, but whats the rush? I climbed Specimen Mountain in RMNP which is closed to the public last weekend all paranoid that I would get caught by the imaginary summit police and the sheep researchers that dont exist. No one is watching.

I climb private peaks all the time. Dont trash the summits, LNT, be respectful of the fact that it isn't a public peak...but for gods sake dont let the law hold you back. You're not committing murder, and if the landowners don't see you, would they ever know/care?

And if you're a good honest little little climber (who would never dare step behind the signs) about to chastise me, yes, you are better than me.
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Re: Mt. Bross Closure

Postby ClimbandMine » Fri Sep 02, 2011 5:52 pm

Its a good thing I climbed Bross before the entire mountain was in danger of collapsing from adits that have been there over a hundred years.
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Re: Mt. Bross Closure

Postby edhaman » Fri Sep 02, 2011 6:45 pm

I've been hearing for nearly a decade about how progress is being made and the "negotiators" hope to have Bross open "this fall," "this spring," "this summer." I would imagine that at least some who have been staying away out of respect for private property, and not wanting to jeopardize getting it open, have decided they are just getting too old to wait any longer.

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Re: Mt. Bross Closure

Postby MarkVB » Fri Sep 02, 2011 7:54 pm

TravelinJoe: Here is a link to info about Mt. Bross on the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative website: http://14ers.org/cfi/peaks_mosquito_bross.php

I know I was asking about Mt. Bross earlier this week since I am going with a group of guys to hike Mt. Democrat, Mt. Lincoln and Mt. Cameron. Was told it was still closed even though many people seem to ignore the signs and go to the summit anyway. There may be guys in our group who go to the summit, but I think I will abide by the rules and go around it.

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