Peak(s):  Mt. Democrat  -  14,148 feet
Mt. Cameron  -  14,238 feet
Mt. Lincoln  -  14,286 feet
Mt. Bross  -  14,172 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.

20394_01
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.

20394_02
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!

20394_05
Primetime Colorado Camping


20394_03
KUBB!!


20394_04
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.

20394_06
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

20394_08
Headlights Approaching the Trailhead. Glad I'm up the mountain already


20394_10
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.

20394_11
Intriguing Sunrise Colors


20394_12
Mountain Goat on Mt Democrat
20394_13
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.

20394_15
Looking up after descending the steep part to Democrat
20394_16
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.

20394_18
Smooth Sailing to Mt Cameron
20394_19
Lots of Space on Top of Mt Cameron
20394_20
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.

20394_21
The Saddle Between Mt Cameron and Mt Lincoln
20394_14
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"

20394_26
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.

20394_28
On A Summit


20394_29
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.

20394_31
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.

20394_32
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.


20394_33
Fairplay, CO

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





Thumbnails for uploaded photos (click to open slideshow):
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 18 19 20 21 22 23 26 27 28 29 31 32 33


Comments or Questions
BoardingHiker
Who will
07/20/2020 13:04
do the honors


coclimber2

Camp Question
07/22/2020 13:01
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?


RedRover18

Camp Answer
07/22/2020 15:27
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.



   Not registered? Click Here


Caution: The information contained in this report may not be accurate and should not be the only resource used in preparation for your climb. Failure to have the necessary experience, physical conditioning, supplies or equipment can result in injury or death. 14ers.com and the author(s) of this report provide no warranties, either express or implied, that the information provided is accurate or reliable. By using the information provided, you agree to indemnify and hold harmless 14ers.com and the report author(s) with respect to any claims and demands against them, including any attorney fees and expenses. Please read the 14ers.com Safety and Disclaimer pages for more information.




© 2021 14ers.com®, 14ers Inc.