Peak(s):  Mt. Lincoln  -  14,286 feet
Mt. Bross  -  14,172 feet
Mt. Cameron  -  14,238 feet
Mt. Democrat  -  14,148 feet
Date Posted:  06/22/2009
Date Climbed:   06/19/2009
Author:  rustynorman
 Crazy weather but a great day of climbing  

Got to the trailhead at 3:15am on June 19th, and snow started falling. I decided to wait until 4:30 or so, not wanting to climb in the dark with the wind and snow. Around 4:15, 3 other guys show up to climb the peaks and they graciously took me along.

Just before dawn- on the trail

The snow was soft down below but after 30-45 minutes of hiking we got to solid snow which was perfect for walking on- didn't need snowshoes the whole day, even though we brought them. Iceaxe came in real handy, especially for the glissade descent.

Heading up the ridge to Democrat summit

The weather the whole day was erratic; it would be windy and cloudy or foggy with a visibility of maybe 20 yards, and then a few minutes later the sun would come out or the clouds would blow away and we could see. It was hard to find the summit on democrat with the visibility so low. After some map and compass work, we summited around 6:30 or 7:00.

Up the slope to Cameron

We headed back down to the Democrat-Cameron saddle and then up the beautiful slope to Cameron as the skies began to clear up a bit.

Still ascending…

More snow near the top

Toward lincoln

Things seemed a lot easier with more visibility and Democrat behind us. We left Cameron at 7:30 and headed toward Lincoln.

Getting closer…

The snow was solid with plenty of grip, even without snowshoes.

Almost on the summit

Looking back toward Cameron

Lincoln summit

Back toward bross

We left Lincoln's summit around 8:45 and headed toward Bross.

Looking back at Lincoln

Looking at bross summit

By this time, the skies above us had completely cleared up- crazy weather!

Looking back at Lincoln summit

Democrat summit before we headed back down from bross

We were able to get a good look at the summit of Democrat before we glissaded down a beautiful couloir full of snow. We were back to the Kite Lake parking lot at 11:00 or so. Amazing day in the mountains!

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 Comments or Questions
Steve Dustin

Great report and pics
06/23/2009 05:36
I‘m heading up to do the same hike this coming wednesday. So, your report showed me just about everything that I wanted to know. Thanks!!


Nice TR
06/23/2009 12:28
Looks like you had a great time. I was just wondering what the wooden signs said in the picture you posted titled...
”Heading up the ridge to Democrat summit?”
I am heading out to Breckenridge Colorado next week and was hoping to do the same hike.


wooden signs
06/23/2009 15:41
The signs just say ”trail”, or ”entering private property- stay on trail”. Up near the top of Bross, they say, ”summit closed- stay on trail.”


06/25/2009 18:04
Nice trip report, my wife and I are headed that way this weekend. How was the decent from Bross? All snow? is an ice axe needed on this loop? Or can you get by with poles?


Ice axe
06/27/2009 15:14
The descent from Bross was great, but we needed an ice axe to glissade down. You could probably do a self-arrest with poles alone and walk/slide down, or you could follow the route the trail takes down Bross on less steep terrain. The couloir where we went was all snow, but the trail wouldn‘t even have snow all the way down. Anyway, I think you could get by without an ice axe, but I always like having one.

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