Mt. Democrat  
Condition Updates  
 
Route: Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, Bross
Posted On: 2021-01-18, By: sixlebsack
Info: Route is a solid boot pack from Kite to Democrat - Cameron - and Bross. Carried flotation but never used it. Wore spikes all day. Wind made the trip interesting. Diverted from doing Lincoln due to getting blown around a little too much for my comfort. Character building day with the wind.... 
 
Route: East Slope
Posted On: 2021-01-10, By: wintersage
Info: Previous conditions report is still valid, not much has changed despite the new snowfall on Saturday. Microspikes were helpful but my partner managed without, flotation wasn't needed either. 
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Route: Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, Bross
Posted On: 2021-01-09, By: askwjs
Info: Did the loop counterclockwise. No need for traction or flotation on the route. Was able to park at the gate closure 1 mile from the lake. Route was boot packed and easy to follow though sometimes drifted. A couple of sections were hard packed and sketchy, 1 section on the route from Bross to the L/C saddle and the other just below the false summit on Democrat. With the a little more snow on either, they will become avy risk. Windy in Bross Gully and on Cameron, otherwise manageable. 
 
Route: East Slope
Posted On: 2021-01-04, By: Verticality
Info: Nobody in our group used snowshoes. Everyone reached the summit. Microspikes were very useful for the upper ridge. Gate was closed about a mile beneath the summer trailhead. The snow mainly starts right after the trailhead sign, and a series of wooden markers poke out of the snow guiding hikers around the lake and up to the lower slopes. Most of the deeper snow covered the lower basin, but not deep enough to make post-holing a concern. Spikes can make the lower slopes trek a bit easier but definitely not a requirement. Winds picked up dramatically as the switchbacks turned off towards the Democrat-Cameron saddle. Gale force winds lash the saddle but fortunately the final ridge ascent stays just below. Easy hike with pretty views up the final switchbacks, but the wind and cold temps were enough to turn several parties around in front of us. The trail of packed snow disappears entirely about 200ft beneath the false summit. At that point a careful choose-your-own-adventure through the many rocks. Had a fairly clear moment at the summit. Spent about 10 minutes on top with some moderate protection from the wind. The hike down from the false summit likely requires the most concentration, but still not hard. Full trip report: https://www.14ers.com/php14ers/tripreport.php?trip=20912 
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Route: East Slope
Posted On: 2021-01-04, By: Coach Stack
Info: Road to gate not bad, spoke with the mine owner and he asked that no one ignore the "no parking" signs. He pays a truck $2500 a day and if it cant get by any cars he still has to pay the driver. He was a really nice guy btw. He also said he was planning on plowing up to the gate to help out. Used flotation half way up to saddle, not needed. No real trench to speak of but trail is easy to follow. There was a considerable patch of boiler plate snow below the false summit, highly recommend traction. Over all a nice bluebird snowflake of a day. 
 
Route: East Slope
Posted On: 2021-01-01, By: IanJSmith
Info: If you are worried about the recent avalanche warnings, you probably don't need to be if you stick to the packed trail on this route - at least until the next snow. The steep areas have some snow, but are mostly rock. The summer trail is usable to the summit (see photos). I used snowshoes and was glad to have them for the mile or so after Kite Lake, but on the way down there was a nice trench from other hikers with only mild postholing. Snowshoes not required after today. Spikes are helpful for most of the route and are almost required for a short and steep section of snow just below the false summit. I would even recommend an ice axe for this steep section, although most people didn't use one. Parking: I tried to park at the switchback near the gate and was told I couldn't (there were also signs). I did not ask if I could have driven further beyond the switchback to the gate (unplowed, but passable with 4wd). Instead, I was told that I needed to park about a half mile or so below the switchback at a sign that says "no camping near the river" at 11,300ft. This added maybe 20-30 min round trip. 
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Route: Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, Bross
Posted On: 2020-12-26, By: jbealer
Info: Windy but overall a great day for 4 new snowflakes and south bross! We could drive to the gate, brought snowshoes up to the bathroom and ditched them. We wore spikes the whole day, some places we could have taken them off but left them on. Snow was packed down in most places and others never sank more then ankle deep. Packed avy gear and ice axe but neither were needed. Conditions great right now for winter. 
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Route: Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, Bross
Posted On: 2020-12-17, By: headsizeburrito
Info: Gate to Kite Lake TH locked, adds about 3mi/500ft round trip, room for a few cars to park there. Lots of postholing from Kite Lake, ankle to occasionally knee deep, trail not always obvious with snow and no real tracks/trench. Hard going but not sure if worth carrying snowshoes all day for about half a mile of suck. Much better as you get closer to the Democrat/Cameron saddle. Put on microspikes partway up Democrat when it got steep. Saddle to Cameron was patchy and not deep, pretty easy to find a good path to the summit. Even less snow between Cameron and Lincoln and Lincoln to Bross, don't need traction for most of it. Descent from Bross snowy in places, took off my traction to avoid all the rocks but kinda wanted them again later on, probably easier to just keep them on. Very windy today once I reached Cameron, wind nearly knocked me over multiple times. Didn't see a single person all day, just a group of sheep. 
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Route: Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, Bross
Posted On: 2020-12-08, By: RossJ
Info: Warm temps, wind intermittent, gusting at higher elevation. Road is dry, little snow. Gate closed 1 miles below TH. All 7-8 parking spaces were occupied. Mixed hiking conditions: ascent to Democrat mostly snow up to saddle. More snow, some slipping on pre-summit and much snow on summit. Similar on traverse to Cameron. Almost no snow on this summit and Bross. Snow conditions on Lincoln similar to Dem. Very little snow on trail descent after Bross, exposed gravel, sand, talus. Used micro-spikes - recommend despite the light amount of snow. 
 
Route: Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, Bross
Posted On: 2020-12-07, By: LoveThisSite
Info: I did the loop in reverse. Beautiful day except for the wind. Bross - microspikes not strictly necessary, trail alternates between bare patches and soft bootpack snow. I put on my microspikes for the top 1/3 of the trail. Bross->Lincoln: I did not use traction at all. Felt pretty comfortable with just my boots. Soft bootpack snow in the final Lincoln stretch. Lincoln->Cameron->Democrat saddle: Same as above, I did not use traction. Soft bootpack snow from Cameron to the Democrat saddle. Democrat saddle->summit->trailhead: kept my microspikes on the entire time. 
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Route: East Slope
Posted On: 2020-12-06, By: KevinInFoCo
Info: The trail is well tracked and easy to follow right now. All snow, no bare spots. Parts are hard packed. In others, mostly the steeper portions, you're walking in existing post holes or semi trenches. Snow was powdery in the morning which made for a good deal of back sliding and slow going. No need for snowshoes. But I wouldn't try this right now without spikes, gaiters, and trekking poles. 
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Route: Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, Bross
Posted On: 2020-11-22, By: cmvdub
Info: Much of the trail is dry & bare. Some snow to navigate but no post-holing. Used microspikes above 13.8K on the ascent and descent of Democrat, otherwise no gear needed for the rest of the loop. 
 
Route: Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, Bross
Posted On: 2020-11-12, By: didjapelli
Info: Road freshly plowed to the closed gate. Snow very deep where it drifted and then you have big bare patches. Going up Democrat, you can be up to your armpits in snow or only sink boot deep, just depends where you wanna walk. Ground not frozen so all talus loose; this, combined with the snow, means be cautious in foot placement. Needed my base layers, hard shell, heavy puffy, hat, glacier glasses, heavy mittens. Traction and flotation not necessary today. 
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Route: Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, Bross
Posted On: 2020-11-08, By: MartyTheOneManParty
Info: DeCaLiBron was mostly dry today, with the exception of some snowy patches on the steep ascent of Mt. Democrat. Spikes were definitely useful here but not required. The descent from Mt. Bross was rocky but dry. Gate is closed, need to park ~1 mile down from the trailhead. 
 
Route: Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, Bross
Posted On: 2020-11-06, By: HeathenNation
Info: Gates closed at Kite Lake. Extra mile or so walk in to the trailhead. Not enough snow to warrant spikes or crampons. WINDY! 
 
Route: Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, Bross
Posted On: 2020-11-03, By: cmudroch
Info: Ranger was waiting to close the gate to the trailhead at the end of the day. Road to the trailhead is all clear. There is definitely still snow on the trail but mostly packed down and doable without spikes. Descending Bross may be easier with spikes and poles due to the snow. Beautiful day with little wind. 
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Route: Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, Bross
Posted On: 2020-10-04, By: russellfarmer18
Info: No snow on route spikes not needed, cold and very windy. road to trail head bumpy but low clearance cars can make it even without awd 
 
Route: Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, Bross
Posted On: 2020-09-23, By: ShakyLegs18
Info: Tackled the loop counter-clockwise today (Bross, Lincoln, Cameron, Democrat). Five hours total from start to finish. Doing it CCW afforded me solitary time on all four summits despite passing 50+ people. Only one other hiker went CCW as far as I know. Snow is a non-issue for now. On Democrat I found a jacket. If please PM on 14ers.com if you believe it is yours. 
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Route: Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, Bross
Posted On: 2020-09-22, By: DRCASE116
Info: Completed the "Loop" on 9/21/20. Road to parking lot is very rough. Many low profile vehicles pulled over and hiked up to the trail head. Some significant potholes and rocks are looking for an oil pan to munch on! Once at the trail head the routes are all clear and mostly dry except for a few spots on the North side of the trail where it get less sun exposure, there you will find some ice early that turns to slushy snow and mud as the day heats up. Early there is a bit of frost on the trail as well making some spots a little slippery...not bad at all though. All 4 peaks were clear and dry.and the day was a huge win. My wife's first ascent above 14,000 was really fun! NOTE: the descent from Bross is VERY CHALLENGING. Very loose scree and gravel most of the VERY STEEP trail down. Trekking poles are a HUGE help. Slipped a few times and saw most of the other climbers slip a time or 2 as well. Go slow and find sure footing on the way down to save a few bruises! Good luck and enjoy the stunning views from each summit! :-) 
 
Route: East Slope
Posted On: 2020-09-20, By: wazoheat
Info: Very little snow on the trail; spikes not required. There are several areas on the final approach to Democrat where the trail becomes ill-defined and forked. 

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