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Route: North Couloir
Posted On: 6/3/2024, By: Jcinco
Info: Climbed the Amphitheatre, skied the couloir. The couloir is skiing beautifully right now with excellent coverage for the most part. On the ascent, I used crampons for one short very firm section by the icefall, but it can be done without. I went up considering the Russian couloir as a possibility but my view from above suggested that it was most likely melted out. Hard to tell from the summit, but I wasnt going to drop in without being sure. Glad I did the north couloir, which offers 2700 of vert to the valley floor. The cloud cover kept things from getting too cooked, so the skiing was excellent for the full length. Take some time to scout out the cliff section at the bottom. You shouldnt have to do any moves harder than 3rd class to get down. Probably for the best that I forgot how much I dislike walking the Wheeler Rd. 
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Route: Via Bross bypass
Posted On: 4/15/2024, By: mlipinski
Info: Parked approx 2.5 miles from Kite Lake. Bross bypass required crampons after the turn off for bypass. Regular trail to closed Bross peak looked to be clear of snow and ice. Also highly recommend crampons for small section of trail from Bross to Lincoln. On the return, flotation needed about a .5 miles before Kite Lake when coming from Democrat saddle. All in all tough 14 mile climb but beautiful day. Never saw anyone else. 
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Route: Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, Bross
Posted On: 12/30/2023, By: alex_herbert
Info: Hiked 12/29/23. Road is still open to the gate ~1 mile below the TH. Didn't use snowshoes; we had some deep postholes in the willows down near the lake, but not enough to merit wearing them, and the snow was supportive in the morning. Everything else just spikes/poles. We weren't sure what the coverage was like on the upper slopes of Democrat and with CAIC report we decided to go up the Bross side first to get a better look. Took the summer trail up. There was a small cornice/wind loading where the trail crosses over the gully and gains the ridge which gave me a little pause, but the rest of the trail through Bross Bypass to Lincoln and Cameron was minimally covered or clear of snow. We ended up bailing on Democrat due to time and coming back down Bross side (which is much nicer when it's frozen/snow covered). Included pic of East side of Democrat if anyone is looking to go that way. Overall very manageable winter conditions... at least until the next storm. 
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Route: Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, Bross
Posted On: 12/30/2023, By: starfishprime
Info: Hiked CCW, spikes not needed, but could be useful. The last mile into Kite Lake descending from Democrat has deeper snow, I postholed up to my knee a couple times without floatation. 
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Route: Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, Bross
Posted On: 12/22/2023, By: Willhf1011
Info: Copied from Democrat: Road closed at lower gate, ~1mi from Kite Lake. Road is pretty clean though, easy hiking. Kite Lake up to Democrat has the most snow of the route, snowshoes would be nice but not necessary. Once up to the saddle the standard routes are pretty good, just snowy. A little bit of snow loaded above the standard route up Democrat but its thin, well consolidated, and SE facing. Saddle between Cameron and Lincoln is bone dry and Bross is also quite dry. Some nice cornices forming in the chutes on Lincolns south face. Spikes were helpful on Democrat thru Lincoln, not really needed for Bross, though there are some steep snowy parts of that descent. 
Route: Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, Bross
Posted On: 11/14/2023, By: Da Legit Master
Info: The road leading to the Kite Lake Trailhead is closed at a locked gate 1.1miles back from the trailhead at around 11,500'. There is enough room to park three vehicles here. There is hardly any snow on the road, but starting at the trailhead there is snow on most of the decalibron loop. There was not a lot of ice, but I would still bring poles and spikes. Crampons are probably a little overkill right now. 
Route: Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, Bross
Posted On: 10/27/2023, By: jackstraw
Info: Slightly windy, but overall nice for the entire day. Gusts around 30 mph maybe. Summited Bross, Lincoln, and Cameron, which were almost completely clear of snow and ice on the trail. 
Route: Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, Bross
Posted On: 10/23/2023, By: corkypeavy
Info: almost no snow warm throughout the whole day - I wore a light hoodie 90 % of the time, but carried a heavy coat which I appreciated a LOT about 45minutes - but they were important 45 minutes! :-) Pretty high winds for about 45 minutes. Sunny almost all day. About 15 people were out climbing. 
Route: Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, Bross
Posted On: 10/23/2023, By: Slim_Rick
Info: Did Decalibron on 10/20. Did not need spikes due to very small amount of snow in the peaks(could maneuver around easisy) Great day for it, winds around 10-20mph Get those 14ers in before winter!!! hehe 
Route: Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, Bross
Posted On: 10/7/2023, By: jfm3
Info: There is some packed snow on the north side of the small bump just west of the summit. The rest of the mountain is dry. No need for spikes. 
Route: Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, Bross
Posted On: 9/23/2023, By: backcountrybrodes
Info: Democrat was nice and then 70+ mph winds at 14k on Cameron, Lincoln, and Bross. OOF. 
Route: Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, Bross
Posted On: 9/13/2023, By: Hiker_04
Info: Hiked counterclockwise and the trail until we reached the saddle between Cameron and Democrat was covered in snow, at some points about 4-5 inches deep. It was all fresh snow and was only icy at the summit of Lincoln but was challenging to hike through at some points. 
Route: Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, Bross
Posted On: 8/9/2023, By: Willy the Kid
Info: Just like the rest of the group, it was very windy today. I don't want to say the exact mph, but it was enough to lean most of your body weight onto at parts. I was mostly fine with a few light layers, but I saw a guy summit in shorts. Probably wasn't that pleasant. Otherwise, summer conditions. 
Route: Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, Bross
Posted On: 7/31/2023, By: robochick84
Info: So glad to have these peaks accessible again - sign the waiver and get it done! FYI - when approaching Bross from the DeCaLi- side there were no signs posted. With the Lemmings streaming up the variety of paths/roads to the Bross summit, we had to pause and really gather our bearings to determine which paths were permitted and which ones were trespassing. If 14ers.com has contacts at CFI and/or direct contact to the Bross landowners - more signage might keep more people off of Bross. 
Route: Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, Bross
Posted On: 7/28/2023, By: timelessodyssey
Info: Summer conditions. Sign the waiver and get on the DeCaLiBron loop! 
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Route: Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, Bross
Posted On: 6/9/2023, By: Dancanbk
Info: Came in from Canada to tag some 14ers. Access to Kite lake and apparently the summits of the 14ers in the group from any direction are CLOSED. Out of respect for a country and it's laws that I'm visiting, I did not contravene these rules. Being in the "land of the free" and being denied access to climb mountains is a strange experience though. 
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Route: Lincoln Amphitheatre
Posted On: 4/15/2023, By: milesmorris
Info: Did not climb, parked at Montgomery Reservoir and walked up the drainage to see if there was a skiable line from the top of Linclon. There was not, glory hole did not go from the top. 
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Route: Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, Bross
Posted On: 2/12/2023, By: kyrawhitworth
Info: We found snowshoes useful on the road and into the basin. Carried them the rest of the day and switched to microspikes past the saddle heading up Democrat (quite dry up high). Excellent day—NO WIND! (I'm still in awe). 
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Route: Brolincam
Posted On: 2/7/2023, By: tefensmom
Info: Traction seemed pretty essential today. Used microspikes most of the day. Didn't carry or use flotation and I got by okay. Would've been helpful but not necessary. I parked 2 miles from summer trailhead. Didn't see evidence of any recent avy slides. Beautiful bluebird day with almost no wind. Saw one other person all day- thanks for leaving my hat on my car! 
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Route: Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, Bross
Posted On: 2/3/2023, By: AndrewJCraigie
Info: DeCaLiBron today - warm and winds weren't too bad, at least compared to the past few weeks. Rocked snowshoes until the Democrat / Cameron split as I was breaking through some sections of snow - didn't put them on again until I was at the trailhead and walking to my car. Would def bring microspikes - several slick sections of hard snow. Regarding the road / trailhead: A few miles from the trailhead there are several windblown piles of the snow on the road. I made it over the first few in my Subaru Outback, and then got stuck. Spent 40 minutes digging my car out - not the greatest way to start a hike. Learn from my hubris and park a few miles down. Not worth pushing through, as you'll eventually hit bigger and bigger piles. Trail was easy to follow - only issue I had was going to Bross, the last mile or so. Wasn't too bad going down the scree with a bit of snow, but still slipped around a few times. Didn't see any signs or warnings of avy activity - not much snow going down Bross. Start 7:15 Trailhead - 8am Democrat - 10:15 Cameron - 11:15 Lincoln - 11:45 Bross - 1pm Finish - 3:15 
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