Peak(s):  Mt. Democrat  -  14,148 feet
Mt. Lincoln  -  14,286 feet
Date Posted:  07/13/2010
Date Climbed:   07/02/2010
Author:  Jazzman1925
 Nice Hike on Democrat, Cameron, and Lincoln  

-Total Distance: ~6.5 miles
-Elevation Gain: ~ 3,500 feet
-Trailhead Time: 5:15 am
-Summit Times: 7:30 am (Democrat), 8:15 (Cameron), 8:30 (Lincoln)
-Completion Time: 10:30 am

A very nice day on the mountain. Starting temperature at Kite Lake was around 40, and it was around 55 at the summits, not including wind chill. On the summits, the wind was a significant 15-20 miles an hour, with some gusts to 30 or so. For most of the day there were quite a few clouds. However, the UV wasn't too intense.

Hike Report
It'd been a while since I'd done a climb, so I really went out of my way to plan this one out. Arrived a bit late at the trail head, but from the there the trip went very well. Overall, the trail was in good condition, and there was little snow. Also made some decent time going up to Cameron. One of our party came down with altitude sickness, and could only manage Democrat before returning to the trailhead. Managed to get to Cameron and Lincoln in the lesser part of an hour. I tried to get to Bross, but there were reports of very loose rock and even a few small rock slides on the closed trail.
After 10 am the weather began to take a turn for the worst. Less than 10 minutes after leaving the trail head, the entire mountain was hit by a sudden and severe front. That aside, the hike was wonderful and pretty relaxed.
Great day overall!
Above Kite Lake, about 45 minutes into the climb
All of us on top of Cameron
Looking out west while climbing up Cameron
Looking back down on Kite Lake while coming down Cameron
The sudden storm front moving onto the mountain.

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