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 Peak(s):  Mt. Lincoln  -  14,286 feet
Mt. Cameron  -  14,238 feet
 Post Date:  06/04/2009
 Date Climbed:   06/04/2009
 Posted By:  dmccool

 Mt. Lincoln from Kite Lake   

I left Colorado Springs @ 2:30am and got to Kite Lake just before 5am. The road is in great shape. There are (were) a couple small snow drifts, but nothing that can't be driven through. I parked about 100 yds. from the Lake/Trailhead.

View of the main parking lot and restrooms.
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The basin and surrounding peaks got quite a bit of snow in the past couple days as there was almost no trail and a ton of powder. I'd say at least 6-10 inches. Even at 5am I post-holed the whole day.

Sunrise looking back through the pass.
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Here is the "trail" heading up the ridge.
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Instead of using the conventional trail (which was almost non-existent), I decided to head directly up the saddle between Democrat and Cameron. I'd done Democrat a while back, so I just headed to the right up the ridge.

Finally gaining the ridge after a tiring, post-hole filled 2 hours. The wind was howling to say the least.
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View over the saddle into the valley with Quandary Peak right of center.
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On Cameron's ridge looking back at Democrat and the saddle.
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Looking back toward Mt. Democrat as I Approached Cameron's summit.
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Summit of Mt. Cameron.
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Looking toward Mt. Lincoln from Cameron's summit.
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I summited Cameron at 8:10am and headed to Lincoln. Here is Lincoln's "hump" just before approaching the summit.
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Summit of Lincoln at 8:40am. The wind was so strong that I had to kneel at times.
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Looking back at Lincoln's ridge.
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My summit shot
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The route down was spectacular. As soon as I got back across Cameron, I started the most amazing series of glissades I've ever experienced. I was able to descend the entire ridge in two fast, powdered glissades. I got down to the basin in about 20 minutes and back to the car in 45 min.

Glissades from Heaven.
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Overall, it was a great day. The post-holing was frustrating, but I had a fun experience. Snowshoes would have helped tremendously...live and learn.



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