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Hiking Decalibron Friday Morning

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Hiking Decalibron Friday Morning

Postby michaellyons » Tue Sep 25, 2012 7:48 pm

I have recently joined the 14er club and hiked 5 of them this summer. Quickly loving this hobby, I wanted to do Decalibron this Friday. I will be keeping an eye on the weather and since I am pretty novice, it will need to be clear for me to do this. With that being said, I do not want to over analyze but do not want to put myself at risk. With the recent snow, I'm trying to get an idea of what to expect and gear that is a must have. Any advice greatly appreciated. Thanks all!!!

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Re: Hiking Decalibron Friday Morning

Postby SikYou » Tue Sep 25, 2012 7:56 pm

I have not been up there recently but a little snow is not a problem up in that area. The trail is pretty straight forward and I couldn't see needing more than just miro-spikes and trekking poles if there is a decent amount of snow. The only advice I really have is to not come down the south slope fo Bross if it is snowy, turn back and desend by going back over Cameron and then back down the standard route. That south Bross is a slippery mess even in dry conditions.
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Re: Hiking Decalibron Friday Morning

Postby GregMiller » Tue Sep 25, 2012 8:03 pm

Here's the weather:

http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?FcstType=text&TempBox=1&WeatherBox=1&PoPBox=1&textField1=39.339542&textField2=-106.139946&Submit=Submit&MapType=3&site=DEN&CiTemplate=0

I'd definitely count on snow and ice on the route - definitely second the microspikes and poles recommendation. Also agree with the recommendation to come back over Cameron, definitely would avoid going down (or up) Bross with the addition of snow and/or ice.
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Re: Hiking Decalibron Friday Morning

Postby michaellyons » Tue Sep 25, 2012 8:17 pm

Thank you very much for the advice! Will be taken!

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Re: Hiking Decalibron Friday Morning

Postby jmc5040 » Tue Sep 25, 2012 11:27 pm

We did this hike around the same time of the year last year and found conditions that would warrant micro spikes on the ridges. Depending on how much snow falls in the area this week you could encounter some deeper drifts so waterproof boots and pants would also potentially be needed. Waterproof gaitors would supplement non waterproof pants. At the Kite Lake trailhead you should be able to assess how much snow is in the area as you get a good view of what to expect.

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Re: Hiking Decalibron Friday Morning

Postby coloradokevin » Wed Sep 26, 2012 3:00 am

I was up there the weekend of the 16th, and the trail was pretty much entirely clear for the whole route (very slight amount of snow in a few shaded areas, but nothing that required any type of snow planning). There has probably been a bit of snow up there from this latest storm, but I still doubt that it is anything you'll need to worry too much about at this point. If the snow pans out the way the forecast is indicating, then you might consider some microspikes, as has been suggested.

I also agree with the post that mentioned the descent from Bross as being the sketchiest part with snow. It's a bit steeper and looser when you head back toward Kite Lake from Bross. But, it's still just a steeper section of trail, nothing technical.

I posted these shots in another thread on this subject, but in case you missed that one, here's what it looked like up there on the 15th of September:
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This was the snowiest area, near the top of Lincoln
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This shot shows Bross, and a slight amount of snow over there. It was also avoidable
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Here's a shot from Democrat's summit, showing Cameron, Lincoln, and Bross
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