Mount Democrat, Mount Lincoln, and Mount Bross Loop

EASY 7 reviews

Mount Democrat, Mount Lincoln, and Mount Bross Loop is a 9.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Alma, Colorado that features a great forest setting. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking and nature trips.

DISTANCE
9.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4015 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

hiking

nature trips

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hiking
10 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

YIKES!! THIS DESCRIPTION IS INCREDIBLY MISLEADING

While skipping Democrat, I hiked the rest of this loop (and hiked 5 other 14ers). It is beautiful and challenging, but this is NOT AN EASY hike. Colorado 14ers are NOT easy.

Conditioning and preparation are required. It is a steep climb to the saddle and steep up to Democrat. It's also a steep descent down the slippery, scree-filled slopes of Bross.

"a great forest setting" - the trailhead at Kite Lake begins at 12,000 ft - above the treeline.

"The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking and nature trips." Oh please! all skill levels???? Those who are not used to extreme elevation or a class 2 hike should avoid. This is not a hike for beginners.

I'm not sure what "nature trips" may mean, but this hike is above treeline and rocky in places. Be careful descending Bross. It is steep, has plenty of loose scree, and should be attempted with poles.

Sadly, it's descriptions like these that can encourage beginning hikers to venture on to a trail that's over their heads. PLEASE ADJUST THE DESCRIPTION AND RANK AS HARD.

3 months ago

The Mount Democrat hike is really crowded. Tons of people and dogs marching up together. It gets crazy when crowds going in both directions are attempting to navigate the narrow, loose path. Lovely views from all peaks and the area between Cameron and Lincoln looks like Mars. But the worst part of the day by far is heading down from Bross. Super steep, loose scree for much of the way down.

hiking
3 months ago

3 months ago

Amazing hike and a great way to bag 4 14ers in one day. Took me about 5-6 hrs to do the full loop this morning. Lots of nice people all over the trail, so I felt fine doing it by myself. Coming down Bross was super sketch at times with parts where you're sliding down steep, loose, rocky slopes.
Otherwise, fabulous hike!!!

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

4 14ers in one go - you can't pass this up! Once you've climbed Cameron, you'll understand it is ITS own 14er!! Coming down Bross is hairy, but who doesn't like a challenge?! It took us 8 hours to do the entire loop, and it is crazy crowded, so he sure to start early!