Peak(s):  Mt. Lincoln  -  14,286 feet
Mt. Democrat  -  14,148 feet
Mt. Cameron  -  14,238 feet
Mt. Bross  -  14,172 feet
Date Posted:  07/04/2009
Date Climbed:   07/03/2009
Author:  emcee smith
 Race against the storms  

DeCalLiBron 7/3/09

Trailhead: 7:45am
Democrat: 9:25am
Cameron: 10:50am
Lincoln: 11:25am
Bross: 12:15am
Trailhead: 1:34pm

General Thoughts: This route reminded us that "easy" is relative; definitely relates to getting 4 peaks. The hike up to Democrat is easy compared to other peaks, but the loop, with its ups and downs, is arduous. The trail gets easy on the way to Cameron once you reach the top of the first rise out of the Democrat/Cameron saddle, until descending from Bross. That was good for us, as this seemed a race against time. Albeit with a late start, we felt that with every summit, we needed to pick up the pace to beat the afternoon storms. By the time we came from Lincoln to Bross, we were walking/jogging at the time when we were pretty tired. Other than that, it was a very cool hike.

Trip Report:

Democrat, taken from low on the trail (on the descent). The route up is around behind the right side.

Looking up the trail, the true saddle is still beyond the "saddle" visible in the photo.

The trail winds up to the saddle, then turns left. At this point, a bit of fog rolled in and no photos until the summit. Although there is a false summit, once on top of the falsie, it is easy to get to the true summit.

Summit crowd

And looking back down toward the false summit, at the top left of the broad snowfield

From below the false summit, looking down at the saddle and up toward Cameron. I would say the steep hiking ends near the top of the picture (until the descent from Bross)

Looking back from about the point the hiking gets "easy". You can see the false summit of Democrat and the true summit (hidden in the clouds)

And up toward Cameron. The trail generally stays to the left of the ridge, and you can see a person (speck) to the left of the ridge at the top

Looking back from near the summit showing the trail

The very remarkable summit of Cameron. We spend a little time walking around to the hundreds of points that could be the true summit.

Looking over to Lincoln, showing the small bit of fun class 2 hiking near the summit

Looking back from Lincoln showing the broad saddle to Cameron, the small false summit, and the still easy trail

By this time, we felt the time pressure, and humped it over to Bross, not taking photos.

From Bross, looking to Democrat, showing the relative dip of that saddle

And from Bross, looking to Lincoln, showing the shallow dip of that saddle, and the medium dip of the Cameron/Bross saddle

4 the easy way

Coming down from Bross, below the summit the trail descends toward this ridge; this is looking down that ridge. The trial eventually cuts back to the left and joins the lower trail

Looking back up at the ridge

And finally back to the bottom of the basin, looking back up at the gully we came down. You can see the ridge, but not the summit of Bross.

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