Mounts Democrat, Lincoln, and Bross

Fairplay, Colorado 80456

Mounts Democrat, Lincoln, and Bross

Mounts Democrat, Lincoln, and Bross Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Hiking to the top of three of Colorado’s elite “Fourteeners” in one day seems like a major undertaking, suitable only for a seasoned mountaineer. The summits of this lofty trio, however, are close enough to one another so that a hiker of average strength and ability can do just that.

Linked together by relatively straightforward ridge walks, Mount Democrat, Mount Lincoln, and Mount Bross are the crowning jewels of the Mosquito Range, which rises between the towns of Fairplay and Leadville."

Mounts Democrat, Lincoln, and Bross Trip Reports

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7/17/2009
Visited on July 17th and there was lots of snow. The lake was beautiful and the views were beautiful; however could not complete the hike because we lost the trail since it was covered with snow. Would recommended it later in the season also there is about 6 miles of gravel (off-road almost) drive to the trail head would be helpful to have a high clearing vehicle.
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7/11/2008
Not as scenic as other 14ers in the region, but has great views nevertheless. Kite Lake is a nice looking place to camp. Old mining structures in the area make for interesting hikes too.
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4/24/2006
3 14ers in 1 day. Who could ask for more. The views from all 3 summits are mind boggling. Mount Democrat provides some great glissading for fast track to 12,000 feet. You can't peel the smile from you face on the hike to the car. Early season is great to beat the crowds and still have some snow to slide on. The trail is closed to snow about 2.7 miles from the lake until June because of snow. Mine owners are trying to close access do to trespassing. Get going while you have the chance.
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7/23/2003

This is a great trail and a great 14er experience. The trailhead is easy to find and the trail is easy to follow, so those are not things to worry about, however my hiking partners and I were shocked at how not "simple" the entire day was, as all of the books make it out to be. These were my 12, 13 and 14th 14ers, so I do have experience. live at 9,00 ft. and am in great shape, so handled it fine, but the average person reading words like easy and stroll in the description can be very misled, in fact we passed a few groups with folks not the least bit prepared. By 14er standard they are not trechorous, but since they are 14ers, the word easy can never be used. Also, since you are connecting on 2 saddles, the time spent at a very high altitude is much more than most 14ers that you summit, eat and turn around, this is hiking at over 13,000 ft. for a long time and can exhaust even the most experienced of hiker. This is not meant to discourage anyone from this trail, it is just a bit more reality than the books lead on. Enjoy!
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Trail Information

Fairplay
Nearby City
6
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
6 hours
Duration
July to September
Season
12,000 feet
Trailhead Elevation
14,286 feet
Top Elevation
Pike National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Climax, Alma
Local Maps

Trail Log