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2018-09-21  
Mt Democrat-Cameron-Lincoln, CO
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Mt Democrat-Cameron-Lincoln, CO 
Mt Democrat-Cameron-Lincoln, CO
 
Hiking avatar Sep 21 2018
LindaAnn
Hiking7.48 Miles 3,295 AEG
Hiking7.48 Miles   7 Hrs   29 Mns   1.26 mph
3,295 ft AEG   1 Hour   34 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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Second hike of the trip. I got to the trailhead around 7am, 27 degrees and clear, and it was already busy. My legs were pretty tired from the previous day, so I had already decided not to go over to Bross since I didn't want to make that descent, and had just decided on a 'T' across the top to hit the other three peaks. I managed to offend some vegans at the trailhead who were telling me that I just HAD to eat at some green eating restaurant in Buena Vista, while I was standing there taking sausage sticks out of my pack to eat for breakfast. As I took my first bite, I told her I ate a giant burger the night before and she kind of stomped off. I started chatting with another hiker who had walked up at the end of that exchange, and he asked me if someone were to hike to only one of the peaks as their first 14er, which one would be best. I told him I didn't know for sure, but that I thought Lincoln would have the best views. I told him what I was planning on hiking for the day, and he seemed to be interested in following me up and down the mountain, so we headed up together. At the saddle, we took a break, then headed up towards Democrat. The trail was pretty steep in a few spots, but mostly easy to follow. Lots of hikers everywhere, but we had the summit to ourselves for about fifteen minutes. Great views with the clear weather, and since I like to see mining remnants, I was loving the trail so far--old mines and building ruins everywhere. Back at the saddle, we headed over to Cameron and Lincoln. The hike over to Cameron was slow, but not as steep as Democrat. Even though Cameron isn't considered a true peak, it was really cool; just a broad, flat summit that looked like a moonscape. After that, we continued over to Lincoln, which may be one of my favorite 14ers so far. It's a cute little summit, with great views of course. We had another snack and took a break until the breeze started to get chilly, then headed back down. Getting back over Cameron was easy, then it was all downhill back to the trailhead. Didn't see much wildlife, mostly pikas and birds. Around 65 degrees at the finish, but again, it felt warmer. I liked these peaks enough to consider doing them again at some point.
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