Peak(s):  Mt. Bross  -  14,172 feet
Mt. Cameron  -  14,238 feet
Date Posted:  12/18/2011
Date Climbed:   12/17/2011
Author:  wincoder
 Bross - Cameron loop  

Bross - Cameron Loop

I had decided to go up to Kite Lake and see if I could get some snow shoeing in. On arriving at the lake there was plenty of snow lower down but I decided that the Bross route looked clear of snow so I'd do that instead.

The trail from the parking area to the base of Bross has some snow cover but not enough to need snow shoes. The trail up the West side of Bross was bare of snow except for in the gully which had a foot or so in it. I really don't like this trail very much. Bross seems to be a pile of very small rocks and dirt which slides easily on the steep sections.

I liked the section from Bross to Cameron. It was a chance to amble along at 14,000 - not many places you can take a walk that high. The day as fabulous - not a cloud in the sky and quite warm except for a brisk wind over the saddle between Bross and Cameron. In total, there were about six people on the mountain. Three of us solo and one group of three (at least that's all I saw all day).

I stopped for lunch in the sun where the saddle starts to climb up to Cameron. Spectacular views from up here. I've given up trying to take compelling pictures of the mountain ranges. You really just have to be there to get the experience.

A little way up the side of Cameron there is some snow

Snow on East face of Cameron

The was a group of people heading up Lincoln

Mt Lincoln from Cameron

There is enough on the East side that you could get in a decent glissade from the top if you wanted to. One of the guys I met coming the other way had just done that. The hike up to the top of Cameron is an easy walk. I really don;t know why Cameron doesn't rate as a 14er. Sure it's close to Lincoln which is more spectacular but it's up there:


Here's the view of Bross from Cameron
Mt Bross from Cameron

The way down from Cameron towards Democrat was snow covered but easy enough in micro-spikes.

Sastrugi on Cameron

This was a glorious day out. The boring slog up Bross was easily made up for by the views from the Bross-Cameron saddle and the lack of the usual crowds.

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