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|2016-11-19||Route: Democrat loop
Info: Some snow is starting to build up on the trail below the saddle. Above the saddle the snow is hard packed. Before sunrise it was quite easy to hike -- on the way down after sunrise it got a little slick -- microspikes would have been helpful but not necessary. Pretty windy! We continued on to Cameron, Lincoln and Bross. Each peak was increasingly windy. One gust knocked me and my two adventure partners over! No significant on any of those peaks. The trail off bross has accumulated a little snow and is a little hard to follow if you don't know what you are looking for.
|2016-10-15||Route: from Democrat saddle
Info: perfect conditions on (sun-facing) south side; once on back side (facing west/nwest), and after 10:30'ish, stretches of slushy snow on the trail...it's packed, not deep yet just enough to be slippery.
Info: Snow on Cameron 8/30-icy rocks early morning
|2016-08-17||Route: Democrat-Cameron Saddle
Info: Conditions on Mount Cameron were very good- dry and without snow. This is a very LARGE summit with enough room to just about play a short game of flag football! The trail leading up to its summit from Mount Democrat is well defined including a few cairns to make sure you stay on-course. There are a couple of false summits, so don't get too excited too soon! I did not find any evidence of a USGS dated elevation marker, and there is no register at the top. There is, what looks like, a section of a lodgepole pine tree that's pretty weathered which shows Cameron's elevation that you can use in your summit picture to prove you were there.
|2016-06-26||Route: Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, Bross
Info: Summer conditions with maybe a few snow patches you can follow old postholes through. The hike from Democrat to Cameron is relatively easy. The peak on Cameron has 0 coverage (unlike some rock barriers on Democrat, Lincoln, and Bross) and we had an incredibly windy day. Wind was strong enough to nearly knock us over once or twice. Unimpressive peak with no coverage so we immediately continued to Lincoln from the Cameron-Lincoln saddle. Start early and be prepared for some fierce winds that make it cold regardless of sunshine.
|2016-05-28||Route: Mt. Lincoln West Ridge
Info: Snow is getting sloppy. Especially in the afternoon. Lots of small storms coming and going. Wanted to summit Lincoln & Bross as well but with the snow storms producing white out conditions decided to head back the way I came. I bivied at Kite Lake. Strong winds all night. Strong winds most of the morning. Snowshoed the whole way and back. Others there chose to post hole. I met someone that went toward Democrat. He said it was beautiful there. Not so over Cameron and Lincoln.
|2015-11-22||Route: Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, and Bross
Info: Climbed Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, and Bross on a sunny but blustery Sunday. There are two foot deep snow drifts on the road to Kite Lake. Stock 4wd vehicles won‘t be able to make it to the lake. We were in a 4wd small SUV and made it only 2.5 miles before we had to park. This added considerable mileage to our trip. We ended up hiking 14.25 miles (3.5 miles on the road to Kite Lake, 7.25 miles of the Combo route, and 3.5 miles on the road from Kite Lake back to the car). We didn‘t see a single soul the whole day. Get out there and you‘ll have the mountains to yourself. To help you plan your day... We started hiking at 8:00 am, reached Kite Lake at 9:30 am, summited Democrat at noon, summited Cameron at 2:00 pm, summited Lincoln at 2:30 pm, summited Bross at 3:30 pm, got back to Kite Lake at 4:50 pm, and got back to our car at 5:50 pm. Recommended gear: micro-spikes, ice axe (if you want to glissade down Bross). Optional gear: snowshoes (we had them but only used them a couple times). Don‘t bother bringing: crampons or avalanche safety gear.
|2015-10-24||Route: From Kite Lake
Info: Snow on most of trail from Kite Lake to summit. Boot packed trails to Cameron and Democrat. Postholing in some sections. Last 1.5 to 2 miles of road to Kite Lake snowy with sections which would need some clearance and 4wd. Sun melting some of snow off road so road conditions might be better.
|2015-08-01||Route: Via Democrat
Info: Excellent hiking conditions. No extra gear necessary.
|2015-07-10||Route: From Democrat
Info: Peak received a dusting of snow which makes it slick but no spikes needed. Was very windy this morning.
|2015-06-20||Route: from Democrat Saddle
Info: Trail is 80% clear. No traction required. Stay to the left (north) where the trail is, for most of the time. We came to the saddle, which we walked on snow until it got steep, then switched to crampons until the Democrat-Cameron saddle. The photo attached is from the saddle up to Cameron.
|2015-04-25||Route: Saddle to lincoln
Info: A lot of new snow. More on the way today and tomorrow. Snowshoes required the entire hike.
|2014-12-05||Route: From Kite Lake
Info: See my conditions report on Democrat. After I gave up on Democrat I went to Mt. Cameron. This is a straight forward easy hike from the Saddle.
|2013-10-19||Route: From Democrat (Kite Lake)
Info: Brutal. The wind was strong from the beginning at 7am...and all the way up. At summit, clear but wind was very strong. Drifts from saddle between Democrat and Cameron went up to 3 ft in some areas. The temp was around 20, but with the 60+ mph STEADY gusts for last half mile up, it was WELL BELOW ZERO.
|2013-09-26||Route: Kite lake to saddle
Info: Some snow on the trail from the saddle between Democrat and Cameron. Extreme wind gusts this morning.
Info: In off the top but a bit boney.
|2012-10-21||Route: Kite Lake to saddle of Democrat & Cameron
Info: Minimal snow on trail going up Cameron from the saddle between Democrat and Cameron (the snow that is there is easily avoidable). Very pleasant at the top...no wind, just soaked in the warmth of the sun!
|2012-06-01||Route: From Kite Lake
Info: The there are small stretches of snow drift covering about 1/2 the trail in some areas (easily avoided my staying to the outside of the trail). Overall the the trail is perfect and clear.
|2012-05-27||Route: From Kite Lake
Info: Mostly snow free, and the few snowy places were hardpacked and/or avoidable. We had microspikes in our packs and didn‘t bother to put them on. Some of the class two sections still have fairly loose rock and mud.
|2011-12-17||Route: From Mt Bross trail
Info: The trail from Mt Bross to Cameron has some snow in places but is easily passable without snow shoes. The East face of Cameron has a decent snow covering - enough to glissade down. Lots of bare sports making it an easy ascent. The trial from Cameron down towards Democrat is snow covered but not deep. I used micro-spikes all the way down.