Peak:  Mt. Lincoln (14er)
 Route:  Loop from Moose Creek TH
 Range:  Mosquito
 Posted By:  ChrisinAZ
 Date of Info:  12/16/2011
 Date Posted:  12/17/2011

Started at Moose Creek TH (Quartzville and Zink, should be reachable by most any vehicle) and headed due W toward Bross. The first 1/2 mile or so had maybe a foot of snow on the ground, so gaiters are recommended; snowshoes would be overkill. Once fully above treeline, Bross is effectively snow-free.

Cameron has a large patch of snow on its SE face, so it's best just to go straight up the ridge. Dropping down to the Cameron-Lincoln saddle involves either mostly avoiding that big snow patch on the L, or descending it. You don't need an ice axe for the glissade, but it's a poor glissade.

Lincoln from Cameron involved a bit of snow on the ridge just below the summit cone, but it wasn't sketchy and was easily barebootable. The summit cone itself has patchy snow, but the scrambling was definitely more fun than sketchy. Descending the other side of Lincoln involved some snow for 3-400', then mostly bare rock down to the Quartzville Road in the basin. The Quartzville Rd up to the site had a decent bit of snow on it, so I wouldn't recommend that trailhead unless you have a 4WD vehicle and are fairly experienced using it on snow.

90% of this route can be done without snow. Where snow exists, it's a mixture of solid slabs and powderly snow overlying harder slabs or ice. As long as you stick to this route, avy danger is effectively nil though.

 Comments or Questions

Thanks for info.
12/17/2011 20:27
Hey Chris,

I was considering this loop from Moose Creek for a winter ascent.

Did you happen to get an approximate milage/elevation gain for this route?

Also, how was the route finding off of Lincoln back to Moose Creek? I assume you descended into the Cameron Amphitheater, did you just follow the creek back to the road and then take the road back to Moose Creek or the more direct/off trail approach back to your vehicle?

Is it worth skirting Cameron and re-summiting Bross or just descending off of Lincoln?

Thanks in advance.

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