Mt. Bross - East Slopes from Mineral Park Mine
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|Difficulty:|| Class 1 |
Ski: Novice, D2 / R1 / II
|Total Gain:||2,900 feet|
|RT Length:||9.00 miles|
|County Sheriff:||Park: 719-836-2494
Take Colorado 9 to the town of Alma. In the middle of town, look for a small sign for the road to Kite Lake. Turn here and drive a bit through a residential area. Drive just under 3 miles up towards Kite Lake and take a hard right onto Forest Road 415. Drive 2.75 miles to a parking lot near the Mineral Park mine in Dolly Varden Gulch. This is a large, open gravel area with plenty of parking.
If the weather is good, this is an easy hike. See Photo #1 and Photo #2 for an overview of the route. Walk up the road a few hundred feet and pass the mining area. After another few hundred feet, there is a junction in the road - take the road to the right (east). (Note: Going straight up the other 4WD road will take you up the southeast face of South Bross - on the south side of Dolly Varden Gulch. This route is a bit longer, but it eventually crosses over to the north side of the gulch at 12,800'.)
Walk up the road and pass the Windy Ridge Bristlecone Pine area ( 39.32087° N, -106.08237° W). Above tree line, the road can be seen as it zig-zags up toward the summit - Photo #3 and Photo #4. Much of the route is visible from here. Follow the road for about 2 miles and, near 13,200', it will head left across the steeper terrain south of the summit. The road swings right again (Photo #5) and climbs above the Dolly Varden mine area ( 39.33021° N, -106.10017° W).
Pass the mine and follow the main road around to the east side of Bross - Photo #6. Continue north and then west on the road. On the Northeast Slope, the road heads northwest to reach the large saddle ( 39.33883° N, -106.11175° W) between Bross and Mt. Cameron - Photo #7 and Photo #8. Pass some mine structures on the final stretch of the road. From the saddle, turn left (south) and follow a smaller road/trail up to the summit ( 39.335060° N, -106.107376° W) - Photo #9.
If you ascend this route but would like to ski down to the Mineral Park trailhead, check out Mt. Bross Route #4.
Beware of 4WD vehicles on this road during the summer.
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