Peak(s):  Mt. Lincoln  -  14,286 feet
Date Posted:  07/20/2012
Modified:  07/21/2012
Date Climbed:   07/19/2012
Author:  Mooney Pilot
 The Road Less Traveled - Mt. Lincoln From the Quartzville Site  

The standard route to climb Mt. Lincoln is from the Kite Lake approach. But since I had used the Kite Lake approach to climb Mt. Democrat earlier this summer, I decided that a change of scenery might be in order. Also, the approach to Mt. Lincoln from the Quartzville site looked easier than the approach from Kite Lake. So I decided to take the road less traveled and approach Mt. Lincoln from the Quartzville site.

A 4WD vehicle is necessary to reach the Quartzville site. The Chevy Trailblazer that we were using handled the job quite capably. Here's the view of Mt. Lincoln from the Quartzville site trailhead:


The route from the Quartzville site is mostly a walk-up on a jeep road. Here's a view of the summit from around 13,000 feet:


And here's a closer view of the summit, from around 13,300 feet:


The jeep road ends at around 250 vertical feet from the summit. But there is a fairly solid hiking trail for the final summit pitch. The hiking trail is to the right of and parallels the snow field shown in this photo:


Looking back on the route, as seen from the 14,286 feet summit of Mt. Lincoln:


Another view from summit of Mt. Lincoln:


Mt. Cameron as seen from summit of Mt. Lincoln:


Although Mt. Cameron does not have enough "prominence"* to be "ranked,"** its summit was such a short hike away that I couldn't resist walking over to it. Here's the view looking back on my route up to the summit of Mt. Lincoln, as seen from the 14,238 feet summit of Mt. Cameron:


A few caveats to consider for this route: 1. Despite the explicit directions on the website, the Quartzville site is hard to find. I took several wrong turns both on the drive up to the Quartzville site and on the drive back. 2. I didn't make a note of the elevation, but well over half way up the jeep road from the Quartzville site there is a gate across the road. So don't plan on driving your jeep or ATV up to the final summit pitch.

*Let me try to explain this. "Prominence" is the height of a summit above the saddle connecting the summit to a higher peak. A summit must have at least 300 feet of "prominence" to be "ranked".

**A summit is "ranked" (included on the list of 14ers in order of elevation) by the Colorado Mountain Club if it has at least 300 feet of prominence. The CMC recognizes 54 mountains as 14ers. But how many 14ers there are is an intriguing and debatable question.

Thumbnails for uploaded photos (click to open slideshow):

 Comments or Questions

Quartzville is a happening place!!
07/21/2012 14:37
I went up that way awhile back, very nice pictures, so you are saying the gate is closed and locked. Another member posted a TR recently and he has a pic of the gate open. I guess someone is on to us using this road up to Lincoln, shhh!

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