|Peak:||Mt. Lincoln (14er)|
|Route:||Loop from Moose Creek TH|
|Date of Information:||12/16/2011|
Started at Moose Creek TH (Quartzville and Zink, should be reachable by most any vehicle) and headed due W toward Bross. The first 1/2 mile or so had maybe a foot of snow on the ground, so gaiters are recommended; snowshoes would be overkill. Once fully above treeline, Bross is effectively snow-free.
Cameron has a large patch of snow on its SE face, so it's best just to go straight up the ridge. Dropping down to the Cameron-Lincoln saddle involves either mostly avoiding that big snow patch on the L, or descending it. You don't need an ice axe for the glissade, but it's a poor glissade.
Lincoln from Cameron involved a bit of snow on the ridge just below the summit cone, but it wasn't sketchy and was easily barebootable. The summit cone itself has patchy snow, but the scrambling was definitely more fun than sketchy. Descending the other side of Lincoln involved some snow for 3-400', then mostly bare rock down to the Quartzville Road in the basin. The Quartzville Rd up to the site had a decent bit of snow on it, so I wouldn't recommend that trailhead unless you have a 4WD vehicle and are fairly experienced using it on snow.
90% of this route can be done without snow. Where snow exists, it's a mixture of solid slabs and powderly snow overlying harder slabs or ice. As long as you stick to this route, avy danger is effectively nil though.