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Route #1) Mt. Lincoln - From Kite Lake  

Difficulty:  Class 2 
Exposure: Mild exposure in the area but not along the immediate route.
Summit Elev.: 14,286 feet
Trailhead Elev.: 12,000 feet
Elevation Gain: 2,600 feet
RT Length: 6.00 miles
Trailhead: Kite Lake New Update
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Last Updated: 2/2014
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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.


From the parking area, follow the blocked road past the lake. After the lake, begin the ascent out of the basin - Photo #1 and Photo #2. Near 12,200‘, pass a collapsed mine shack - Photo #3. At 12,600‘ (Photo #4), follow the trail up a rugged slope (Photo #5) to reach the base of Mt. Democrat‘s east slope - Photo #6. Near 12,800‘, the trail swings left (south) for a bit before turning right and heading north across the east slope, toward the Democrat-Cameron saddle - Photo #7.

From the saddle (Photo #8), turn right and follow the trail along the right side of Mt. Cameron‘s west ridge - Photo #9 and Photo #10. After some hiking below the ridge crest, the trail swings left to regain the ridge near 13,500‘ - Photo #11 and Photo #12. Continue along the ridge to 14,000‘ where the steepness eases and you can see the remaining hike to Cameron‘s summit - Photo #13. Pass a bump on the left side and walk up to the top of Cameron - Photo #14.

Photo #15 shows the next leg of the hike over to Mt. Lincoln. Leave Cameron and descend northeast to the Cameron-Lincoln saddle - Photo #16. Follow the trail up past a bump (Photo #17) to see Lincoln‘s summit - Photo #18. Walk over to the final pitch (Photo #19) and hike up through some Class 2 terrain to reach the summit - Photo #20.




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