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Peak(s):  Mt. Democrat  -  14,154 feet
Mt. Cameron  -  14,248 feet
Mt. Lincoln  -  14,293 feet
Mt. Bross  -  14,178 feet
Date Posted:  07/20/2020
Date Climbed:   07/19/2020
Author:  RedRover18
 DeCaLiBron Loop   

Attention - This is my first trip report. I thought trip reports were a 'Journal ' of people's trips but in starting this report I was instructed to provide useful information to others. So I'll do a bit of both!

I took a lot of photos and did my best to weed out the bad (or non-useful) ones.

  • Total Distance: 8.62 miles
  • Total Time: 5.25 hours
  • Elevation Gain: 3,628 Ft
  • Calories Burned: ~ 1,500
  • Average Speed: 2.1 mph

And so it begins:

DeCaLiBron has been on my list for a while now and I planned on doing it sometime this summer. On Saturday my buddy hit me up to see if I wanted to do it. Of Course! Checked in with the wife and viola, we're on the road that afternoon with plans to camp out near the trailhead and start hiking at 4am Sunday morning.

Found a nice spot about .33 miles from trailhead

This 2.5 gallon water dispenser is perfect for short trips. I highly recommend getting one. Dinner Menu: Roast Beef, Cheddar, Lettuce, Tomato. I found that cutting SOME carbs out (such as bread or tortillas) improved my performance. Less weight and still fills you up.

Dinner at the Trail Head

My buddy and I walked up to check out Kite Lake in the evening. Ended up playing an intense game of KUBB with some friendly campers. In my experience, the people you run into at these places are typically very friendly and easy going because they are having a good time and stoked for tmw. It's a perfect place to meet new people with similar interests!

Primetime Colorado Camping


Saturday Night (Mountain) Fever

Woke up around 4am, made some INSTANT COFFEE MIXED WITH HOT CHOCOLATE, packed up and hit the Trail Head at 5am SHARP.

I'm not normally this punctual

About 5:30am and the cars begin pouring in. Pro Tip: "The early bird gets the worm" - If you plan on hiking a 14er in the summer, especially a popular one like this, get there sooner than 5:30am

Headlights Approaching the Trailhead. Glad I'm up the mountain already

Alpen Glow in the Clouds

Most of my 14er experiences have been clear mornings. Today there was light cloud cover which brought on amazing purple, orange, yellow, red colors from the sunrise.

Intriguing Sunrise Colors

Mountain Goat on Mt Democrat
Mt Democrat Summit

After summiting Democrat, the crowds began to build. I was so glad we started a bit earlier and found ourselves hiking around much fewer people.

Looking up after descending the steep part to Democrat
The masses on the approach

After knocking out Democrat we knew most of the elevation gain had already occurred. It's a great feeling to hike the saddles between peaks knowing you are already pretty high up there and won't have to deal with treacherous switchbacks.

Smooth Sailing to Mt Cameron
Lots of Space on Top of Mt Cameron
Looking at Mt Lincoln From Cameron

Climbing can be fun and hiking steep mountains rewarding, but I love taking long strides on these smooth treks between peaks.

The Saddle Between Mt Cameron and Mt Lincoln
Hiking Up Mt Lincoln

The cloud cover was amazing. When checking the weather forecast do not be scared away by "Slight Chance of Showers", "Chance of Rain", "Partly Cloudy"

Summit of Mt Lincoln Looking South Towards Mt Bross

We scoped out the route towards Mt Bross and headed that way to wrap up our hike.

On A Summit

The Way Down

Finishing the DeCaLiBron loop we saw a few hikers coming UP. I would NOT recommend doing this. Start with Mt Democrat and take the standard loop. This last part of the loop is filled with chunky loose rocks, it's steep, and there's hardly any scenery. I felt bad for the people coming up this way while we finished our hike.

The End of the Loop

When you do this hike you are required to pay a $5 parking (day use) fee even if you park below the main trail head parking lot. Think of it as a donation to the park system that makes this possible for us.

Weekends Here Are Packed

Overall, this was a really fun hike. The views were better than expected and the route itself was not super challenging but definitely required some effort. We saw lots of dogs, 2 mountain goats, fresh bodies of water, and many peaks off in the distance. The only thing it really lacked was trees, but surprisingly the hike was pleasant enough without them.

Fairplay, CO

Bonus Tip: After your hike get a burger and ICE CREAM!

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Comments or Questions
Who will
7/20/2020 1:04pm
do the honors

Camp Question
7/22/2020 1:01pm
Thank you! This was very helpful. Looks like you arrived early evening? Did you have to look for a spot or did you just grab the first one? I'm trying to get to Kite Lake Saturday afternoon to camp and wondering if I need to try to be there at 11am or if 2pm is fine?

Camp Answer
7/22/2020 3:27pm
Glad it was helpful for you! We arrived at about 6pm and there was a few spots (5 or 6) along the road within 1 mile of the trail head. The trailhead parking lot was full except for like one spot. So I would recommend getting there no later than 5 or 6pm.

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