Mt. Bross  
Condition Updates  
 
Route: Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, Bross
Posted On: 2020-09-17, By: lauradaughtry
Info: *NOTE: I did not climb/summit Democrat, so I can't entirely say what the condition of it was beyond the saddle connecting it to Cameron* Got to the trailhead at 7am (on a Thursday) and the lot was mostly full. Other than a few patches of packed down snow near the summits, the trail was completely melted of snow. Microspikes aren't needed at all; but trekking poles, snow or no snow, are invaluable for the descent down Bross. Clear day with light wind, but low visibility due to the wildfires. Sadly, I saw a lot of people not keeping to the trail. (This shouldn't be an excuse as the trail was in great condition and is very well marked/visible.) People contributed it to not using a map/AllTrails, etc. or the trail appearing "less easy" than the eroded pathways nearby. I even saw some people descend down the iron/ore section up to the summit, which is NO WHERE near the trail. Please, PLEASE stick to the marked trail! The fragile environment thanks you for it! 
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Route: Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, Bross
Posted On: 2020-09-06, By: kgkcomt
Info: Hiked the full DeCaLiBron loop, started with Democrat. It was a beautiful day, not a cloud in the sky. Air conditions were clear. Everyone in my group was a beginning-intermediate hiker, and the loop was the perfect level of challenge for us. The descent down Bross is not for the feint of heart- definitely a few scary points, but it is doable. Take your time and use 3 points of contact when necessary, and you'll be fine. Took us well over an hour to descend. 
 
Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2020-09-05, By: kingshimmers
Info: Smoke is gone - had a beautiful day with no wind. Route is dry. Starting to get some fall color up in there. 
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Route: Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, Bross
Posted On: 2020-08-22, By: Eli Watson
Info: Posting for smoke conditions on DeCaLiBro > "S Bross": The air was pretty bad this morning. My eyes were watering upon arriving at Kite Lake after pedalling/hike-a-biking from Paris Mill. Other hikers had to stop to cough consistently. By the time I reached the Democrat-Cameron saddle my throat was raw. The air quality improved considerably after noon, especially on the Bross side of the loop and the haze in front of Democrat had noticeably lessened. By the time I was back down to Kite Lake, the air was much better than it had been that morning. Less than 10 min spent on all 3-5 summits combined (depending on how you count), since I didn't feel inclined to spend much time up there. Splits for reference: Paris Mill 8:48 AM Kite Lake TH 9:30 AM Democrat-Cameron saddle 10:10 AM Democrat summit 10:30 AM Democrat-Cameron saddle 10:50 AM Cameron summit 11:19 AM Lincoln summit 11:32 AM Bross summit 12:02 PM "S Bross" summit 12:15 PM Bross trail junction 12:36 PM Kite Lake TH 1:16 PM Paris Mill 1:30 PM To avoid clutter with a bunch of the same photos, see my Democrat report for pics. 
 
Route: Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, Bross
Posted On: 2020-07-27, By: Outcropping
Info: Regarding the Bross descent: it is a well worn single track trail 95% of the way. It is not steep. It is mostly dirt/gravel, except for a short section that follows a solid rocky ridge with a drainage on the left. The trail eventually leaves the ridge, crosses the drainage and continues on the opposite bank, back on dirt/gravel. The turn across this drainage is what is in question. You can see the trail on the opposite bank and everyone is just heading straight for it, leaving the rocky ridge early and creating a steep path full of loose debris. Don't do it! Don't cut the corner. Follow the ridge another 50-100 yards, then go left. It is a much gentler grade, and obviously the route when you look back up at it from below. This was our first time on the route and our party cut the corner like everyone else. It looked bad from the get go and I knew we had made a mistake. 
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Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2020-07-13, By: bryanthomaslamb
Info: ***!!!Mt. Bross Alert!!!*** If you are descending, at half way down the spine / ridge, people have taken an abrupt left turn down a 60* slope of skree with little ground. This is incorrect. the correct route continues down the spine and then cuts back left to connect to the other side. There is visible wear on the correct trail, on stable ground. Completed the loop in excellent fashion Sunday 07/13/2020. 
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Route: Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, Bross
Posted On: 2020-06-12, By: madmattd
Info: One minor, not-long-to-live, snowfield on the traverse below Cameron's summit when going between Bross and Lincoln. Otherwise dry to the summit and 98% of the descent. The lower sections around the fields near the trailhead are still under snow. Snow is collapsing near the stream, so beware. The scree-filled descent of Bross is as miserable as advertised. 
 
Route: Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, Bross
Posted On: 2020-06-10, By: runupatree
Info: Gate is open and road passable with 4WD/AWD. Snow and ice on trail going up Democrat from TH: mix of ground cover, shin deep, and holy-snow-patch deep. It's doable without extra traction, but take extra care; deep patches to and above the saddle were sketchy/impassable without someone else creating a path/steps beforehand. Some snow/ice ascending Cameron and Lincoln, easily passable or avoided other than the first pitch from Dem/Cam saddle. Bross is almost clear of snow until halfway down the descent, whereupon it's shin deep or more in large patches. Parts of trail are hidden under snow. Last pitch to the creek is primo for glissading! Deep snow over creek is collapsing in places, so be warned. 
 
Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2020-05-29, By: djj2504
Info: Gate still closed ~1.5 miles from the trailhead but saw an excavator headed up later in the day presumably to finish up clearing the road the rest of the way. Headed up Bross from the trailhead to do the loop counterclockwise. Trail up Bross is clear of snow/ice all the way to the top. Partner started to feel pretty crappy on the way to Lincoln so we decided to just head straight over Cameron and back down. Snow on the descent from Cameron but could be partially avoided and probably won't continue to hang around too long. Still seems like a good bit of snow on the trail back down to Kite Lake from the Democrat/Cameron saddle. Managed to catch a few glissades but then ended up post holing back to the trailhead. 
 
Route: "S Gully"
Posted On: 2020-05-17, By: Trotter
Info: S Gully is still in, barely. Bottom and top are good, middle has pinched out, but only need to climb the melted out scree for about 20 yards to get back onto snow. Sunlight doesn't hit the gully until 2 hours after sunrise, so no hurry to get on it. Snow goes almost to 14,000. Summit area of bross is snow free. Snow in basin below decalibron got super postholey by 11 am. 
 
Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2020-05-07, By: jsnbabcock
Info: The gate to kite lake is still closed for the season. The road leading up to it was snowed in about a quarter mile ahead. On my way out, I noticed the mining company had blocked any access past their premises, so parking further up the road may be necessary. Flotation was helpful between kite lake and the car once the snow had softened. Beyond this point though, regular traction should sufficed as almost all of the snow had melted away by the time I was done. 
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Route: "Dolly Varden Gully"
Posted On: 2020-04-05, By: JephgonnaSteph
Info: Parked at Paris Mill. The road is well packed all the way to Mineral Park TH. The gully holds snow till approximately 13600 ft. Snow was mostly windblown. From 13600ft to summit we chose to hike on rocks. Overall good condition for hiking. 
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Route: "S Gully"
Posted On: 2020-03-19, By: dummycode
Info: No snow coverage 600 feet from the summit. Variable conditions in S Gully. Kite Lake also variable and wind blasted. Road closed at Paris Mill - but skiable .2 miles from mill to lake. 
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Route: "Dolly Varden Gully"
Posted On: 2020-03-17, By: ClimberSkierDave64
Info: Started skinning at 7:30 from just below the Paris Mill. We did the 3.5 miles to the Mineral Park Trailhead in around 1:30. There were snowmobile tracks up the road but once we got to the gully, there were no tracks since at least the last storm. Snow conditions in the gully varied from having a wind crust on top to having soft recycled powder. Underneath the top 3 inches of soft snow from the last storm, there is a solid consolidated base. Going up the gully, avalanche danger was almost non-existent except for 1 or 2 small steeper slopes that funnel into the gully shown in the upper part of photo #1. Snow conditions above 13,200 were sastrugi with chalky snow in between.The snow extends to about 13,600 and the upper portion from there doesn't quite have enough snow to make a descent from the summit. The ski down was fairly creamy except for places with the wind crust and the lower portion even started to change to corn snow. The road out is slow and takes a lot of skating. All in all a great day! 
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Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2020-03-05, By: davebobk47
Info: Snowshoes worked best up the road. Stashed them just past Kite Lake TH. Carried microspikes but never used them. 
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Route: "S Gully"
Posted On: 2020-01-26, By: Posthole Pete
Info: Was able to drive up to 11,100 when the road became blocked by wind drift. A car had attempted and failed to pass the wind drift so this where I decided to start. Was quite windy down low but just lots of gusts and not too much sustained. Very easy finding the mouth of the gully. Once in the gully the wind died down. Snow was easy to climb on my split all the way up until about 13,450. Ditched the split there and hiked dry rock and scree all the way to the summit. Had a fantastic ride from 13,450 all the way back to my truck. 
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Route: "Dolly Varden Gully"
Posted On: 2020-01-26, By: srtaylor1317
Info: Parked near Paris Mill and snowshoed to Mineral Park trailhead. There were 3 or 5 inches of fresh snow, and I was making fresh tracks at 7am (photo 1). The gully is easy to find, and you just keep going up (photo 2 is of mineral park trailhead area). There were a couple places down low with deep drifts to plow through, but snow was mostly consolidated once in the actual gully. Photo 3 is looking up from maybe halfway. Snow is continuous until around 13,500', and then it's rock-hopping (scree) to the summit. Photo 4 shows the elevation at which the snow finally gives out to rock. Snowshoes or equivalent flotation are a must-have, and ice axe recommended for easy self-arrest on the return trip (I glissaded/slid around 800 vertical feet in all, near as I can tell). I brought microspikes and never used them. Never having taken this route to the summit, I was nervous about the description of the gully and only being fun with good snow coverage. I suspect the conditions right now are basically perfect. Definitely recommended! Also, there is no risk of avalanche at present. The slopes above the gully are wind-swept and bare, even though the gully has plenty of snow coverage. 
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Route: Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, Bross
Posted On: 2019-12-23, By: CaptainSuburbia
Info: Did full loop starting with Democrat. Conditions for the most part same as previous report. Another mostly windless day until I got to Bross. Wore microspikes for entire day, snowshoes could be useful for road but not neccessary. Not another soul out there. I was surprised not to see any other snowflakers on such a great weather day. 
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Route: Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, Bross
Posted On: 2019-12-22, By: dwoodward13
Info: Did the loop today starting with Bross. Bross is mostly windblown once gaining some elevation out of Kite Lake. There are 1 or 2 snow slopes, but you could bypass them on rock if you wanted. Route to the base of Cameron is dry. The trail bypassing Cameron is starting to load up a bit in spots. Might be better to go over Cameron both ways after the next storm. Trail to Lincoln is a mix of snow and dry rock; similar story for the trail from Cameron down to the Democrat Saddle. Snowfield on the upper reaches of Democrat can be avoided. Heading back down to Kite Lake, we followed the trail until it started down a headwall near 12,500 and stuck to a rock rib. The trail crossed a loaded slope and the party that put in a booter from Kite Lake up to there sidehilled some steep slopes, with steep slopes above it. We followed the old mining road back down to the lake thats just to the east of the summer trail on a rib. Brought spikes, crampons, and snowshoes and only used the snowshoes from 12,500 back to the car. Shockingly windless for most of the day today! 
 
Route: Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, Bross
Posted On: 2019-10-26, By: Wentzl
Info: Did BroLiCa yesterday, 10/25/19. Cold and windy. Started up Bross. Some deep soft snow on the flats leading to Bross. Once on the mountain, not bad. Circuit to Lincoln Cameron and Democrat, carried axe and crampons but didn't need either. Too worn out to finish Democrat, bit snow coming off from the Democrat/Cameron saddle was the worst for postholing all day. 
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