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Sep 02 2020
DixieFlyer
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 Fountain Hills,
Four Score Trail - DeCaLiBron LoopSouth Central, CO
South Central, CO
Hiking avatar Sep 02 2020
DixieFlyer
Hiking8.20 Miles 3,519 AEG
Hiking8.20 Miles   7 Hrs   41 Mns   1.70 mph
3,519 ft AEG   2 Hrs   52 Mns Break
 
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I had been wanting to do this hike, so I decided to do it on day 3 of my Tour de Colorado.

I started and ended the hike at the Kite Lake TH, and did the loop clockwise.

The hike up to Democrat was basically a class 1 walk-up until you get to a saddle between Democrat and Cameron at about 13,400 feet. From there you basically rock scrambling up to the summit of Democrat, and for me the going was a bit slow both going up and coming down.

After returning to the saddle I had to regain about 800 feet to summit Cameron. The summit of Cameron was flat and I walked around a bit to make sure that I got the high point. From there, the descent down to the saddle between Cameron and and Lincoln was only a couple hundred feet, so the climb up to Lincoln was relatively short, and was on a nice wide trail. Even at this saddle, the elevation was over 14,000 feet.

It was an easy-to-follow and easy to hike trail going from Lincoln to Bross. In going from Lincoln to Bross you never get below 13,900 feet, so the ascent up to Bross isn't very long.

The descent down Bross is a doozy though -- it is very steep and slippery, and I certainly would not want to do it without trekking poles. I have a bad habit of falling on by butt on steep descents, and I took it very slow and managed to stay on my feet for the descent. As Bobby Bare might say, "that makes me the winner"!

There weren't nearly as many people on the trails as I would have thought, and it seemed like half the people out there were only ascending Democrat. I go to the TH around 6:30 and got one of the last parking spaces in the parking lot.

It was a clear day, although it got windy for the last 3 summits. There was not a cloud in the sky all day, and there was no sign of the smoke that had been in the area in the previous couple of weeks.
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Kite Lake 76-100% full 76-100% full
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Aug 20 2020
RedwallNHops
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 Tucson, AZ
Bross Lincoln Cameron Democrat, CO 
Bross Lincoln Cameron Democrat, CO
 
Hiking avatar Aug 20 2020
RedwallNHops
Hiking7.50 Miles 3,360 AEG
Hiking7.50 Miles
3,360 ft AEG
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Mark and I braved sustained 40 mph winds and hoards of crowds to knock off 4 pretty easy 14ers at once. Camped at Kite lake Wed night. Thought that maybe crowds would not be there during the week. People started pulling in as we were getting ready for bed. A lot more started pouring in around 4:15 or so. We started at 6am and got back to the car shortly after noon. DNR
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Aug 20 2020
Pivo
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 Joined Mar 01 2009
 Tucson, AZ
Bross Lincoln Cameron Democrat, CO 
Bross Lincoln Cameron Democrat, CO
 
Hiking avatar Aug 20 2020
Pivo
Hiking7.50 Miles 3,360 AEG
Hiking7.50 Miles   6 Hrs   5 Mns   1.36 mph
3,360 ft AEG      33 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
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Crazy crowds, like an ant hill, wicked haaard winds.
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Sep 14 2019
LindaAnn
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40 female
 Joined Dec 24 2007
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Decalibron, CO 
Decalibron, CO
 
Hiking avatar Sep 14 2019
LindaAnn
Hiking7.94 Miles 3,545 AEG
Hiking7.94 Miles   6 Hrs   34 Mns   1.42 mph
3,545 ft AEG      58 Mns Break
 
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This is one of the more difficult 8-ish mile hikes that I can recall doing. Got started around 6am. The parking lot was already packed; I had to park a short distance back on the road. The mountains were already covered in headlamps, some hikers got a very early start! I used mine for the first 20 minutes or so. Very windy, and 31 degrees at the start. The steady uphill kept me reasonably warm though. I took my time up to the saddle, where I was greeting by very strong winds and the first direct sunlight of the day. I stopped to put sunblock on the tiny bit of my face that wasn’t covered, then started up to Democrat.

The trail up is quite steep in a few places, but finally levels off a bit at the false summit. From there, it was a fairly easy hike up to the true summit. Lots of people up there today. Quick snack break for me, then I headed back down, slowly through the steep parts.

Once back at the saddle, I continued east and up to Cameron. Not quite as steep as Democrat, but still slow going for me. Very windy atop Cameron, so I took a few pictures and headed down to the saddle between Cameron and Lincoln. This section of the trail between the two is probably my favorite section of the entire loop. It has a moonscape feel to it, with great views.

The hike up to Lincoln is pretty easy, and I took another snack break at the top. Lincoln is my favorite peak on this loop. After that, I headed back down to the saddle, then south to Bross.

Despite the Bross summit being off-limits, I headed up to it along with everyone else. It’s a very broad, flat summit with lots of room. I only took a few pictures, then started the descent. Very, very steep—wow! But I stayed upright and never fell. Poles were essential as far as I was concerned. Partway down, there was a group of people clustered around a Lab that had shredded all of its paw pads. It took a few minutes for me to get around them while they were trying to tape socks to its legs and paws. Must not have worked, because I noticed about seven of them were trading off carrying the dog down the trail. I finished up around 12:30, which was good, because I was hungry.

I had originally thought about doing the loop counter-clockwise to avoid the Bross descent, but knew if I had to hike up Democrat towards the end of the loop, that it wouldn’t happen. Clockwise was fine, but that descent was very tedious. Not the friendliest hikers on this loop, and 90% of the downhill hikers will not yield to uphill. I finally started being a jerk about it on my way up Cameron. The road is fine for sedans most of the way, up until the two hairpin turns. After that, it gets pretty rough. Sedan drivers might want to park at the turns and walk the road the rest of the way.

Great hike, despite the wind and crowds!
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Jul 06 2016
sneakySASQUATCH
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 Joined Aug 23 2005
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Cameron Lincoln Democrat and that other one, CO 
Cameron Lincoln Democrat and that other one, CO
 
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sneakySASQUATCH
Hiking7.79 Miles 3,518 AEG
Hiking7.79 Miles
3,518 ft AEG
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Hike # 2 of the day. Dropped off Lee at the Biltmore I mean hostel. Met DallinW and we all chatted a bit. Then I headed out and drove up 1st Street in Alma to Kite Lake. I decided to do the loop and hit the 14ers in the area bringing the total to 5 for the day. The caveat is if there wasn't a summit selfie it didn't happen. Like Quandary the views were great here as well. Lots of people coming down as it was afternoon, but with zero precipitation forecasted and the weather looking good went for it. I had the summit to myself on virtually every Peak.
This must be Mountain Goat day because I saw pairs going up to Democrat, Cameron Summit, and Below the Summit of Lincoln.

Just an afterthought the ridge down below Bross is super slick and frankly treacherous. Although it was described to me as a clockwise loop starting with Democrat, I think it would be easier and probably less AEG to go up the ridge below Bross and loop it counterclockwise. I met one guy doing the loop clockwise everyone else was doing it the other way. Several people I met advised not going down the ridge.

Here are some videos of the local fauna as you can see in the first video off of Mt. Lincoln they seem to be employed by the mines.
youtu.be/pkuVrw5Jefs
youtu.be/akxit2h2yxo
youtu.be/cEFev8WfYNQ
youtu.be/zXKevcj_lz8
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Jul 12 2014
The King Reigns
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40 male
 Joined Jan 19 2015
 Gilbert
Four Score Trail - DeCaLiBron LoopSouth Central, CO
South Central, CO
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The King Reigns
Hiking7.00 Miles 3,422 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles   6 Hrs      1.17 mph
3,422 ft AEG5 LBS Pack
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Didn't see this route when I started. This is a top 10 hike for me.

The altitude was tough, but it was a rewarding climbing. This is the only hike I am aware of where you can climb four 14,000 foot peaks in one day.

You start hiking up to Mt. Democrat, then you hike along the ridge line to Mt Cameron and Mt. Lincoln. This is a common turn around point and the end of the line for people looking to follow the rules. Mt. Bross is on private property. If you are willing to hike a few more miles, Mt. Bross is on private property and the climb there isn't to bad. The climb down from Bross was through a scree field and was a little sketchy. It was my least favorite part of the hike. If I could do it again I would back track and extra few miles to avoid the scree field. All in all it is a very rewarding and beautiful hike.
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Aug 04 2012
BobP
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Camlinbrodem, CO 
Camlinbrodem, CO
 
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BobP
Hiking9.20 Miles 3,972 AEG
Hiking9.20 Miles
3,972 ft AEG
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Decalibron is a 4 14er loop. Nick and I did camlinbrodem. Which is the same 14ers but in a different order and more elevation gain. When I got to the Democratic saddle I noticed a sea of people. I looked towards Cameron and there were only 2 people. Easy decision. We motored up Cameron and then over to Lincoln next up was Bross then back up cam and we saw a mtn goat :y: Democrat was now free of people going up. Nick cruised while I tried my best to keep up. Finished up with beer and burgers. Great day with the Needle.
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Aug 04 2012
fricknaley
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 Tucson, AZ
Camlinbrodem, CO 
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fricknaley
Hiking9.20 Miles 3,972 AEG
Hiking9.20 Miles
3,972 ft AEG
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Mt. Sherman just whetted our appetites for more big mountains and the weather was holding up so beautifully, so we headed over to check out this loop and see if we could get up these peaks.

wonderful area with kite lake and running water everywhere surrounded by huge towering peaks. we went up to the saddle first and decided to hit Cameron and Lincoln first since it looked like there were tons of people on Democrat. good hike out to cameron, and really exceptional hike out to Lincoln where simply marvelous views await atop the relatively smallish summit. talked with a couple of nice guys up there, who told us Bross was in fact open. we decided to hike out to Bross then since we were so close.

the summit of Bross was windy but probably had the best views of the day. on the way bacl to Cameron, we both started to pumpkin out but once we hit the summit of cameron for the second time we saw a mountain goat very close and were both rejuvenated by that quite a bit.

coming down to the saddle we were forced to stare at the climb up Democrat, knowing how much it was gonna kick us in the pumpkin. we took a little break and went for it. hitting the summit of our 5th 14er of the day was a real treat and a very special experience for me...thanks for a world class first hiking day in colorado, hoppy bob :y: :y:
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