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|2016-09-09||Route: democrat, cameron, lincoln, bross
Info: Some snow on the trail to Lincoln (and also Bross), but 100% avoidable. Rock was fairly solid except on the final descent back to kite lake, where it was quite loose and slippery. Winds on all peaks were 10-20 mph above the forecast. Autumn is creeping in; temperatures stayed quite cool despite uninterrupted sun. Bring warm clothes and wind layers despite forecast.
|2016-08-31||Route: West Ridge
Info: Did Cameron and Lincoln yesterday. Do-able without microspikes, but I (an older hiker) put them on at about the 13,800 ft level as a precaution, especially for where the trail goes to the left (west) of the summit ridges. The snow was hard (I was back to the TH by 10:30) which meant good traction (while it was still cold). The route up Democrat (as seen from the Democrat-Cameron saddle) appeared mostly snow-free, except hikers I talked to reported some snow on the summit. Bross had snow maybe starting at 13,600 or so as seen from Kite Lake.
|2016-06-26||Route: Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, Bross
Info: Easy, short descent from Mt. Cameron. Summer conditions. Not particularly steep or loose. Summit was incredibly windy which made it quite cold, so dress in layers even though it was hot during the hike.
|2016-06-05||Route: East Slopes
Info: Could ski down from the summit just to about the trench above Lincoln Ampitheatre. There was a short hike over to the ridge where you could ski down all the way to Putnam Gulch.
|2016-06-04||Route: West Ridge
Info: No trail conditions to report as I couldn't get there. Just some info on the road. I was in a very low clearance vehicle today and couldn't get beyond some snow across the road about a mile from TH
|2016-05-05||Route: Russian Couloir
Info: Skied the east slopes of Lincoln yesterday after realizing that the Russian Couloir was not in for a ski. Even with all of the recent snow, the choke had thin coverage. Oh well, the east slopes had plenty of corn.
|2016-02-21||Route: Lincoln Amphitheatre
Info: Solo'd Lincoln Falls Scottish Gully (WI3) up into the amphitheater. From there it's casual rock hopping or snowshoeing (climber's choice) to near the Diamond Couloir. From there I veered hard right (north, which deviates from the standard Amphitheater route) and got up on the east ridge via an obvious scree/choss slope, and then on to the summit. While windy, cold, and at times snowy, the route is fairly wind scoured and good to go. Micro spikes were worn through most of it. Snowshoes advised. EDIT: Crampons for the ice...
|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.
|2015-10-18||Route: Combo Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, Bross
Info: Weather was decent from 9:40 when I started until about 12:30 when I started the summit to Mt. Cameron. The snow from the previous day wasn‘t a factor. The climb up Mt. Democrat was nice. No wind. The North side of Cameron had some snow build up. Only about an inch on the trail but the trail was still half gravel. The back side of Cameron had a decent coverage of snow. Coming down and heading to Mt. Lincoln was slightly dangerous. There was a sheet of snow about 100‘ long 1-2" deep. On my ascent to Lincoln it started to snow. About 50% of the trail up to the summit was already snow covered. The snow happened to be the heaviest when I got to the top but then started to taper off. By the time I got back to the Cameron/Lincoln saddle it had pretty much stopped. Heading to Mt. Bross, it was fairly windy. The trail just before the leg that illegally goes up the the Mt. Bross summit had snow coverage and it did all the way around until the decent on the western face. I did have my hiking shoes on but wished I had better traction on some of the snowy parts. One more snow and I would not attempt that again.
|2015-08-01||Route: West Ridge
Info: Excellent hiking conditions. No extra gear necessary.
|2015-07-10||Route: West Ridge
Info: Peak received a dusting of snow as well and there are several snow fields that need to be crossed. Some ice as well but not enough to warrant traction.
|2015-06-27||Route: East Slopes
Info: Hiked up Lincoln on the jeep trail. No major snow until the peak itself. We went up from the SE and there was a lot of deep postholing. After summitting we learned that it would have been easier to hike up Lincoln from the NE. This side had a much smaller and less steep snowfield. We went over to Bross with no major issues. We then hiked down from the Cameron Bross saddle down into Cameron Amphitheater. There was a lot of scree and it was fairly stable, we had to zig zag to avoid a number of snowfields. We brought microspikes, but didn‘t feel like we needed them. Our shoes did get soaked going up Lincoln. Another couple of weeks and these peaks will be essentially snow free. We had a view of Democrat and there appeared to be continuous snow from the Cameron saddle all the way to the peak. Cameron also still retained quite a bit of snow.
|2015-06-21||Route: Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, Bross
Info: Carried snowshoes and ice axes but never took them off the pack for the full four peak circuit, we certainly regretted the extra weight though. We hiked Democrat in the morning (starting at 5:30AM), definitely do this one early. There was lots of snow cover, but firm enough in the morning that microspikes and trekking poles were sufficient. We then did the ridge loop to hit Cameron, Lincoln, and Bross and bare boots were fine the whole way. Some patches of soft snow (60‘s degF) on the ridge, but easy enough that we didn‘t bother to put the snowshoes on. Ridge trails are mostly dry.
|2015-06-20||Route: West Ridge
Info: Walked on snow from Kite Lake, and used Crampons ascending toward the Democrat-Cameron saddle. Climbed Democrat first, then Cameron. Ascent to Cameron was in boots, very windy and warm. Water is melting fast, but there‘s still a a couple weeks or more of snow up there. To Cameron was 80% dry. From Cameron, there is a large drift to the due east, but to the north east (more left from the due line to Lincoln) it is passable in boots. Trail to Lincoln is 90% dry.
|2015-05-09||Route: Russian Couloir
Info: Skied Cameron yesterday but passed right under Russian. Pics...
|2015-04-30||Route: Lincoln Amphitheatre
Info: Lincoln "cabin run" from Mont. Res. is in for a summit ski. I was on the steeps at 8am and wouldn‘t have wanted it to be later than that. Fat white lines abound in the Tenmile.
|2015-04-23||Route: East Slopes
Info: Continuous snow coverage on Lincoln‘s east shoulder, Cameron Amphitheater, and Kite Lake Pictures taken from a loop of Lincoln, Cameron and Bross from Lincoln‘s east shoulder with ski descent of Moose Gulch from Bross. Was able to ski directly back to the Moose Gulch TH described in Roach‘s book Pic 1: Lincoln‘s summit hump from ~13,300‘ Pic 2: Bross from Lincoln‘s summit Pic 3: Cameron and Democrat from the summit of Lincoln Pic 4: Kite Lake Pic 5: Lincoln from Bross Pic 6: Democrat from (South?) Bross Pic 7: Cameron from South Bross Pic 8: Base of Moose Gulch
|2015-04-12||Route: West Ridge
Info: Road closed at Paris Mill. Short patch of snow for 1/4, then road is bare for about 3/4 mile. Can ski some of it on side of road. Snow from 11,000 to 13,000, then mostly talus.
|2015-04-11||Route: Lincoln Amphitheatre
Info: The steep part of the climb below the amphitheater is well covered in snow that softens quite a bit in the afternoon. I found crampons and an axe necessary here. The amphitheater, which is the middle section, is mostly dry with lots of scree. The upper section towards the 4WD has some grassy sections and is half exposed, half covered. The peak itself is covered in snow. In the morning not too much postholing, although in the afternoon snow shoes could be helpful in the upper section. And climbing up on the snow is easier than on the scree.
|2015-03-18||Route: East Slopes
Info: Snow hike from the 4x4 turnoff. Intermittent snow and snow fields the entire road/route, however, route was bare of snow on many parts of the road/route. Snow was very hard and consolidated and snowshoes or spikes were not needed all the way to the summit. Avy risk was minimal or non-existent. Cut and paste the following link to see pics. http://www.jackieandalan.com/mtlincoln.html