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Mount Bross, CO

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Difficulty 4 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance Round Trip 3.4 miles
Trailhead Elevation 12,021 feet
Elevation Gain 2,151 feet
Accumulated Gain 2,168 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 3 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 14.24
Interest Historic, Perennial Creek & Peak
Backpack No
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Photos Viewed All Mine Following
29  2020-09-02
Four Score Trail - DeCaLiBron Loop
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Cameron Lincoln Democrat and that other one
Author DixieFlyer
author avatar Guides 58
Routes 528
Photos 7,311
Trips 481 map ( 5,935 miles )
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Location Fountain Hills, AZ
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Preferred   Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep → Early
Seasons   Early Summer to Early Autumn
Sun  5:03am - 7:18pm
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Big Bross Man
by DixieFlyer

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Mount Bross (elevation of 14,172 feet and prominence of 292 feet) is a peak in the Colorado Rockies' Mosquito Range. It is generally hiked as part of the Decalibron Loop.

The entirety of this hike is above the treeline. Afternoon thunderstorms can pop up almost without warning during the summer hiking season, so it is best to start this hike early in the morning. Even with an early start, it is wise to check weather forecasts the day you are doing this hike.

Mount Bross is littered with old mining claims, and it is part of Colorado's rich mining legacy. Due to legal and liability issues surrounding the old mining claims on the summit, being on the summit is trespassing on private property. There is a sign near the trailhead stating that the summit is on private property, but there are no such signs along the trail to the summit.

Mount Bross is named for William Bross (1813-1889), who owned mining property in the area. Bross made an ascent of nearby Mount Lincoln in 1868. Legend has it, Bross was so exuberant about the summit views that he sang the Doxology with passion from the peak. As a result, local miners began calling Lincoln's south peak Mount Bross, and the name has endured.

There are five different routes to the summit of Mount Bross. This guide is only for the standard route up Mount Bross' west slope from the Kite Lake Trailhead.

From the trailhead, you'll go a short distance, and the trail splits: taking the left fork to the north goes toward Mount Democrat and Mount Cameron; taking a right goes east toward Mount Bross. Take the right fork to the east.

The trail is relatively flat for the first 1/4 or so. After that, the trail steepens and remains steep to the summit; much of the trail is on talus or scree that can be very slippery in places. The trail is mostly well-defined, but there might be a bit of route-finding in a few places.

The summit of Bross is wide-open and is at least the size of a football field. The summit is littered with old mining claims and hidden mine shafts, some of which are mere inches beneath the surface. Thus, it is advisable to avoid wandering around the summit.

If you wish to return directly to the trailhead, go back the way that you came. The descent will be steep and slippery, and trekking poles are recommended.

Note that few people do an up-and-back hike to Mount Bross only. Hikers generally either do a loop hike by including Mount Lincoln and Mount Cameron, or do the full Decalibron Loop by also including Mount Democrat.

Check out the Official Route and Triplogs.

This is a moderately difficult hike.

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2020-10-12 DixieFlyer
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    Map Drive
    FR / Jeep Road - Car possible when dry

    To Kite Lake Trailhead
    From the town of Alma (Hwy 9), head west on Buckskin Rd/County Road 8. It can be challenging to see the road, as it is not clearly marked. It is a dirt road just north of the Al-Mart, or south of the South Park Saloon. There may be a sign on the side of the road that simply says 'Buckskin.'

    Once on Buckskin Rd/County Road 8, continue to head west for about 5-6 miles. The road is nicely graded at first, eventually becoming rougher. Most vehicles can make it close to 5 miles. The road becomes considerably rougher at the two hairpin turns. Lower clearance vehicles may want to park here (and avoid the fee), but medium clearance should be able to make it to the trailhead. Parking fills up quickly. You may end up parking on the road anyway.

    From Denver (I-25 & I-70) - 2 h 3 min (97.4 miles)
    From Pueblo (I-25 & US 50) - 2 h 28 min (123 miles)
    From Grand Junction (I-70 & US 6) - 3 h 31 min (198 miles)
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