Peak(s):  Mt. Lincoln  -  14,286 feet
Mt. Cameron  -  14,238 feet
Mt. Bross  -  14,172 feet
Mt. Democrat  -  14,148 feet
Date Posted:  08/12/2007
Modified:  08/13/2007
Date Climbed:   08/12/2007
Author:  dukex2x01
 The Circuit Standard Route  

We left for the Trail head at about 6:20 and after having to do quite a bit of path finding due to aton of signs saying "Trail Closed for Restoration" (which apparently I need to add that there were signs the whole way up with arrows pointing to the alternate trails. Sorry should have added that in there for the ignorant!) We summitteed Mt. Democrat at 7:25. After about a 15-20 minute break we ran down the side all the way to the base of the sattle in I believe 20 minutes. After that we of course started our ascent to Mt. Cameron. We reached the summit at 8:20ish and took a quick 10 minute break. Then left and ran to the base of the saddle between itself and Mt. Lincoln. As we ascended Mt. Lincoln my legs were feeling a bit shaky I didn't know if I would have enough in the tank for Bross. However once we summitted at 9:15 and had some cliff power gel and a 20 minute break we left for Bross at this point we had to slow for some hikers coming up so we wouldn't kick rocks on them but when that cleared we ran nearly half the saddle over to Mt. Bross. We took the road to the top a nice gradual incline and summitted at 10:22. We satyed for an hour or so and ran down to the base of the trail head. (not recommended I almost fell off the side like 3 times. alot of loose rock!) Enjoy!! Pictures coming soon.

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 Comments or Questions

02/05/2011 00:22
The peaks are closed. If they stay that way, you can be really proud of your little accomplishment.


and lamer
11/30/2010 17:28
Wow. Given your earlier stated intention to "take down" these peaks, the current status of the peaks, and the tone of this report, my concern is your lack of respect for these (and any) mountains.


Truly the lamest
08/13/2007 01:31
Your spelling in combination with your apparent inability to read ”Trail Closed” signs makes me want to regale you with insults aplenty. I thank you for trying to undo the work people have been trying to do to get these peaks re-opened.


11/30/2010 17:28
Kyle, I can really appreciate your enthusiasm and new found passion for the 14er hobby, but this is really distasteful, at best. "We left for the Trail head at about 6:20 and after having to do quite a bit of path finding due to aton of signs saying "Trail Closed for Restoration"

If the trails are closed, they are CLOSED! I'm disappointed that you think this is okay to violate. There are so many other hikes you could have done... I like you, and enjoyed meeting you at Willow Lake, so I hope you take this as constructive advice.


Bill, please delete
11/30/2010 17:28
This is not only a HORRIBLE trip report, but posts on these mountains only encourage more people to break the law. Duke, try driving a few extra miles and head for the Sawatch, there is plenty there to keep you busy until people's hard work can reopen these peaks instead of your selfishness hindering their efforts.


08/13/2007 04:31
Your utter disrespect for these closures and your actions will help keep them closed..

Gabe K

Trail Edicate Ignored
08/13/2007 14:21
As a former Interpretive Park Ranger for the National Park Service and SCA/Americorps Volunteer I am shocked and disappointed that someone who is into hiking, climbing, etc., such as youeself would ignore trail edicate and Leave No Trace principles for getting up to the top of the mountain. There are hundreds of volunteers who spend countless hours, days, years to maintaining and upkeeping these trails so that ALL can enjoy the hike in the future. Remember the Lorax? Perhaps there is a Onceler among us. I hope he learns from this experience and our comments.


08/13/2007 17:55
The peaks are closed. Grow up. Enough said.


Redirect Your Negativity Please
11/30/2010 17:28
I tend to agree that passing a sign that says trail closed is not kosher, especially with the politics that have been occurring here. I personally live in Alma, so I have access to some spectacular areas, not just the standard 14ers up there. I personally ran up to Kite Lake on Sunday and saw, and I am not kidding here, at least 100 cars up there. Yes, there are most likely folks accessing Emma Lake and other areas up there. But, instead of jumping on a hiker via virtual means maybe each of you that posted these negative messages should go up there and personally help redirect the hikers from not only making my quite road a highway, but also reminding them that until the access and liability issues are resolved then they should respect the hundreds of hours of work that is being done to reopen these areas. I will take a shift so please by all means stand up and help the cause and let me know when to be there.
There have been several other trip reports posted on these "closed" mountains this summer. Why exactly have I not seen these attacking posts on their reports? The trails were closed then as well.
I can tell you that I have traveled over almost every inch of the mountains in the Alma / Mosquito area off trail. I am quite experienced in mountaineering and off piste travel. There are legitimate reasons for the closure with regards to safety. The area around Bross alone is extremely dangerous with mine shafts so close to the surface. In fact, I have been in areas where I thought that I was safe and felt the ground settle. This is especially worrisome with the masses of people who are going up there with no knowledge of the area or what to look for with regards to the mines. This is also a concern in spring / fall conditions with the snow patches. It is virtually impossible to know what is underneath.
Again, I am not saying what occurred is correct. It is our responsibility to follow signs and be good ambassadors to get our areas accessible. But, I believe it is even worse to post things like this as a direct attack to this one individual. Who of us learn by direct attacks? Let's, as a group, refocus on educating the masses of people who come up here. Thank you for allowing me to post my two cents is a respectful and hopefully positive manner.


08/13/2007 20:04
Please refrain from hiking in Colorado again. People like you ruin my state. Thanks.


11/30/2010 17:28
Y'all need to get over yourselves. Did Duke say he ignored the signs that said 'Closed for Restoration'? No, he said he found trails that were not marked so, and that held him up for a while.

Thanks for the clarification Almagirl. Positive and informative posts are always preferred.


08/13/2007 23:47
jeans and t-shirts..sweet


Give me a break Almagirl
11/30/2010 17:28
There have been many folks on here all summer long that have been critical of people climbing those peaks.. It is this kid's cavalier attitude about the closures that has everybody even more ticked off..

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