Mt. Democrat  
Condition Updates  
 
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. 
 
Route: Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, Bross
Posted On: 2020-09-28, By: averysayshi
Info: The trail was busy and well maintained, but there were only a few other people at the summit when we were there. There were a few slushy patches higher up, but nothing that normal hiking boots can't handle. The wind was relatively low, but I would bring warm clothes for the top. The parking was kind of crazy, but there were spots in the lot, as long as you keep going pass the line of cars! We went later in the day (11), but there were no storms. A little bit of snow fell. It was a super fun hike! Enjoy it! 
 
Route: Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, Bross
Posted On: 2020-09-19, By: askwjs
Info: Did DeCaLiBron counterclockwise. The ascent up Bross is not as bad as I had remembered. The scree field was easily manageable. Some snow and mud on the saddles and pitches. The most unavoidable snow was on the final pitch to Lincoln. Would recommend spikes if doing in the early morning as these areas may ice over. Approaches to Cameron and Democrat were mostly snow free or avoidable snow. Smoke was minimal causing some haze but nothing that caused any physical problems. 
 
Route: Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, Bross
Posted On: 2020-09-08, By: CoSpringsHiker
Info: Just climbed the Decalibron: 1) Parking was horrible. Arrived around 6:45am and the whole lot was full and the roadside parking was full all the way down. People were hiking a long distance to the trailhead. 2) Warm and hot at the bottom and cold and very windy at the top. Everyone put on coats, gloves, and winter hats. 3) Climb times (you will have to do the math). These are the actual watch times so they include all stops, breaks, snacks, pictures.... I am in fair/medium shape. 50 years old. Don't work out. Walk and bike with the kids in the neighborhood. These were my first 14ers. Start: 6:57am Saddle: 7:56am Democrat peak: 8:40am Back to saddle: 9:20am Cameron Peak: 10:12am Lincoln Peak: 10:36 Bross Peak: 11:36 Back to car: 12:51 The trip down Bross was the worst part - everyone fell multiple times. Brutal. Don't turn left early at the broken trail sign - those people regretted it. Used 2L of water. Trail shoes. Snacks. Warmer clothes at the top. Trecking poles (huge help) 
 
Route: Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, Bross
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: 2020-08-23, By: dean20170
Info: Great conditions on Decalibron today! The smoke had abated at least a little, the sun was out, and there was very minimal wind...something I hear is rare! Like everyone says, the descent off of Mt. Bross is slow and slick, and that's even if you follow the directions and go down the ridge as far as you're supposed to. But WAY too busy of a hike...I took the last parking spot at 5:25am, my guess is I saw 150-200 people today (a Sunday), and I counted 80 cars in the lot and on the road at noon when I finished. 
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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 Photo 1: Kite Lake from Democrat summit. Photo 2: Democrat from Cameron trail. Photo 3: Bross from Cameron summit. Photo 4: Looking west from Lincoln summit. Photo 5: Democrat from Bross. Photo 6: Democrat while descending Bross. 
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Route: Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, Bross
Posted On: 2020-08-15, By: DenverMountainGoat
Info: Great conditions for my loop yesterday morning. Definitely smoky and hazy in the morning due to the wildfires but once you reach ~13,000 you pretty much clear it. Super windy about the whole way, one fellow climber said he estimated around 40-50 mph winds in some places. Started around 5:15 in between the group of early birds and the 6am starters, but definitely pretty heavily trafficked. Headlamp necessary until around 6:15. My poles were the real MVP of the hike, as Bross descent is in rough shape. The previous tips about staying on the ridge at the point where you can veer left down into the gully are spot on, stay straight! It eventually drops in, but there's at least more traction on the ridge than what appeared to be present dropping in right away. Would have been miserable without poles. Start to finish about 6.5 hours. Even saw a mountain goat on Cameron summit! 
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Route: Buckskin ridge
Posted On: 2020-08-09, By: VeraUndertow
Info: Climbed Buckskin, a centennial 13er before heading over to Decalibron via the connecting ridge. I had read a very detailed trip report on this ridge and felt confident my dog and I could make it together. There was only one obstacle that my dog struggled with and really needed my help on, I think they called it the two towers in the trip report. You basically have to go through the towers and there is a wobbly triangular rock on the north side that made it hard for my dog to get over so I picked her up in a semi awkward position for myself and set her on the other side. Other than that all the class 4+ towers were easily bypassed on the west side of the ridge, usually on some medium loose talus which we are used too. Definitely a lot more fun then the standard summer route and didn't see anyone until we got to the Democrat summit. 
 
Route: Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, Bross
Posted On: 2020-07-20, By: jclhiker
Info: Started around 5:15am, taking the clockwise route. Overcast but nothing concerning, until we were halfway to Bross from Lincoln. At that point, we saw a pretty dark looking rain cloud forming above Bross around 10:30am, which was surprising given the forecast said no rain expected until late afternoon. Thankfully, this was more of an optical illusion - the cloud was further away than it looked, and was moving away from Bross. When descending Bross around 11am, though, that's when the weather started to get very sketchy. A hazy cloud formation moved in from Democrat to where we were on Bross. When it came over us, it began hailing and we saw / heard several lightning strikes, which we estimate were within 1 mile of us. We ditched our hiking poles (aka lightning rods) and began running down the mountain, which was tricky given the steep screen on Bross. Was quite scary given the descent of Bross is very exposed. Saw a couple of pairs of hiking poles on our descent. Hope everyone else stayed safe; we saw many parties above us who were even more exposed. One important thing to keep in mind: when you're at the top of Lincoln, you're very far from safety in terms of lightning, at least a 2 hour descent no matter the direction you go. Anyone else have stories from the lightning storm around Decalibron on Sunday? 
 
Route: Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, Bross
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. 
 
Route: Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, Bross
Posted On: 2020-07-07, By: eudyke
Info: Did the entire circuit from Kite Lake (Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln and Bross) in just over 7 hours. The conditions were exceptional on all four mountains! The trail markings are inadequate or non-existent. Not really an issue until you get to Bross. 14er.com says the top of Bross is closed. That may be the official position, but it was a very easy and safe climb to the top. Biggest problem comes once you leave Bross heading back to the lake. One bad turn (again because of no signage) and you wind up descending a 60 degree skree field which is very dangerous! I'm an experienced climber and had to be extremely careful. Inexperienced or feint of heart need to be sure to stay on the correct trail, which is difficult to find. If they end up on the skree field there will be problems as there is no way to backtrack! 
 
Route: Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, Bross
Posted On: 2020-07-06, By: jhalee4
Info: Pretty much all dry except for one snow patch right before the summit, but it's easy to traverse. 
 
Route: Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, Bross
Posted On: 2020-06-25, By: Sambvaughan
Info: Democrat has a couple snowfields left to cross, one at the false summit. My group made it without spikes easily, but it could get slippery and sketchy later in the day. The other three peaks in the Decalibron are summer conditions - there is no snow crossings once Democrat is summited. We got lucky with minimal wind as well. It did snow a tad while we were on the saddle between Cameron and Bross, but I don't know if that intensified over the evening. 
 
Route: Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, Bross
Posted On: 2020-06-22, By: CougarOwl+53
Info: My teenaged daughters and I set out from the Kite Lake Trailhead at 5:30 am. We were targeting Democrat only as it was the first 14er for my daughters. We took the slow but steady route and summited in 2.5 hours. A couple of things to note. Don't always believe the 14er weather report. It said 15 mph winds, which were more like 20 to 40 mph during much of the morning. The prediction of "clear" was spitting rain at 5:30 but it was quickly over. The trail is in "summer conditions" with the exception of a few big drifts that you can negotiate around. This was a wonderful hike to share with my daughters....top of the world! 
 
Route: Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, Bross
Posted On: 2020-06-21, By: gneissone
Info: Snow almost the entire way, but the bottom half had already melted out by the time we came back down. Had to kick some steps during the steepest section and many people were glissading down (only about 30 ft). 
 
Route: Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, Bross
Posted On: 2020-06-20, By: aldsw
Info: Lots of snow on the entire route. I had poles but wish I had micro-spikes. Coming down Bross was especially difficult. 

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