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Route #3) Mt. Bross - "S Gully"  


  • Notice! The summit of Mt. Bross is currently closed as the Colorado Mountain Club (CMC), Colorado Fourteeners Initiative (CFI) and other organizations work with private landowners to obtain access to the summit. If you decide climb all the way to the top please understand that you could jeopardize the opening of the summit.


Difficulty: Class 2, Easy Snow
Ski: Intermediate, D3 / R2 / I
Exposure: Mild exposure in the area but not along the immediate route.
Summit Elev.: 14,172 feet
Trailhead Elev.: 12,000 feet
Elevation Gain: 3,250 feet starting at Paris Mill
2,600 feet starting near Sweet Home Mine
RT Length: 9.5 mi starting at Paris Mill
6 mi starting near Sweet Home Mine
Trailhead: Kite Lake
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Author: BillMiddlebrook
Last Updated: 5/2014
 
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TH:  

Take Colorado 9 to Alma. In the middle of town and on the west side of the road, look for a small sign for the road to Kite Lake. Turn here and drive a bit through a residential area. Continue 6 miles to Kite Lake. The last mile of this road can be a bit more rough, but a good-clearance 2WD should still be able to make it when the road is dry. There are restrooms and some camping spots at the trailhead. You must pay a small fee to park/camp at Kite Lake. If you park below (no fee), walk up the road to Kite Lake.

Route:

This route is recommended as a winter/spring snow hike with optional ski descent. Your starting location depends on whether or not the road is still blocked (for winter) at the Paris Mill or how high you can drive if it has started to melt out. Hike, snowshoe or skin up the Kite Lake road. From the summer trailhead, turn right, enter a shallow gully and follow it north-northeast toward Mt. Cameron - Photo #1. The S Gully cannot be seen from the Kite Lake area and starts below the Cameron-Bross saddle.

Continue northeast through the basin to approximately 12,500‘ in a large open area. Mt. Cameron is ahead and Mt. Democrat is back to your left - Photo #2. Taken from the northwest, Photo #3 and Photo #4 show the location of the S gully. Continue east to the base of the gully (Photo #5), near 12,800‘. Enter the mellow, serpentine gully and continue hiking - Photo #6 and Photo #7. Taken at 13,700‘, Photo #8 shows the view of Mt. Democrat behind the route. Keep hiking as the gully gets steeper and turns right, near 13,800‘ - Photo #9. The snow will likely run out somewhere between 13,700‘ and 14,000‘. Intersect the standard, Kite Lake loop trail near 14,000‘, turn left and walk up to the summit.

Skiing?:

With continuous snow, this is one of the best ski routes on Mt. Bross. It's a long gully followed by wide-open basin ski leading down to Kite Lake.

Notes:   

Most of this gully gets a late sun hit.

 

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