This route is recommended as a winter/spring snow hike with optional ski descent. Your starting location depends on whether or not the road is still blocked (for winter) at the Paris Mill or how high you can drive if it has started to melt out. Hike, snowshoe or skin up the Kite Lake road. From the summer trailhead, turn right, enter a shallow gully and follow it north-northeast toward Mt. Cameron - 1
. The S Gully cannot be seen from the Kite Lake area and starts below the Cameron-Bross saddle.
Continue northeast through the basin to approximately 12,500' in a large open area. Mt. Cameron is ahead and Mt. Democrat is back to your left - 2
. Taken from the northwest, 3
show the location of the S gully. Continue east to the base of the gully ( 5
), near 12,800'. Enter the mellow, serpentine gully and continue hiking - 6
. Taken at 13,700', 8
shows the view of Mt. Democrat behind the route. Keep hiking as the gully gets steeper and turns right, near 13,800' - 9
. The snow will likely run out somewhere between 13,700' and 14,000'. Intersect the standard, Kite Lake loop trail near 14,000'.
Since 2007, the summit of Bross has officially been closed because the multitude of landowners have not given formal permission to allow hikers. 14ers.com doesn't condone trespassing but if you have permission or intend to gain the summit regardless, cross the loop trail and follow an unmaintained trail to the summit area.