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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 Elevation: 14,286 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 12,000 feet
Elevation Gain:2,600 feet
Round-trip Length: 6.00 miles
Trailhead: Kite Lake
USGS Quad.: Alma
County Sheriff: Park: 719-836-2494
National Forest:  Pike
Author: BillMiddlebrook
Last Updated: 2/2014
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: 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 ( 39.34171° N, -106.13224° W) - 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 ( 39.346844° N, -106.118576° W) - 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 ( 39.351391° N, -106.111404° W) - Photo #20.

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