Mt. Bross - 14,172 feet
Mt. Bross - 14,172 feet
Arrived at Kite Lake 6:07 am
Started hike up Bross 6:40 am
Reached Bross summit 9:35 am
Reached Lincoln summit 11:02 am
Reached Cameron 11:28 am
Reached saddle below Democrat 12:18 pm
Back to car 1:40 pm
Distance per MapMyWalk: 6.39 miles
It was a seven hour hike, counting all our rest breaks and celebrations on the peaks.
I hiked with my friend Michelle today in the opposite direction than I did in a solo hike on August 18. Last time I did the De-Ca-Li and skipped Mt. Bross. Today we did Bross, Lincoln and Cameron, and skipped Democrat.
Whether you ascend or descend Mt. Bross, it is a challenge due to the talus and scree. I took a little better route this time, around the left (southwest side) of the ridge, rather than up the first trail that goes up a little more directly at the intersection close to the ridge.
A biker was pushing his bike up and reached the Bross summit at the same time we did. We lost track of him. It looked like he was going to ride/push down the S Gulley trail.
The worst of the hike was the ferocious wind on the west ridge of Mt. Bross, as we were heading for Mt. Lincoln. We hunkered down several times as gusts reached levels we had never known in our lives. There was also sleet on and off, which finally became more ongoing on the way down the Democrat trail. We much preferred sleet over the wind. Glad we didn't blow off the mountain!
We were going to just hike up Mt. Bross, but Michelle collected a couple more 14'ers!
Mt. Bross is my 9th 14'er. (Grays, Bierstadt, Evans, Quandary, Sherman, Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, Bross)
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