Mount Lincoln via Lincoln Amphitheater

HARD 3 reviews
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Mount Lincoln via Lincoln Amphitheater is a 4.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Alma, Colorado that features a lake and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, rock climbing, and nature trips and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3,372 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

lake

views

rocky

scramble

off trail

no shade

This trail is gorgeous with seasonal wild flowers as you hike up through tree line. Take the trail at the end of the reservoir road—cross the grated bridge and walk from there. The trail splits a lot -if you are not sure which was to head remember that “up” is the right direction. Once out of tree line, you may not see any definitive trail markings, and end up bouldering along the left side of the gulley/drainage. The majority of the climb is up step skree, which poses a major challenge as you slide down. Coming out of tree line, stay low in the drainage if you can, because that’s where you may be able to find the trail on the way back down- the “trail” may be a bit packed down and offered better traction overall. The last 1,000’ up are tough, with several false summits, but the views are obviously worth it. It is an exhausting and hard hike. Go prepared for a long and challenging hike, not only because of elevation, but because of terrain and navigational challenges. Definitely not a 14er for a beginner.

hiking
8 days ago

This is definitely a "hard" 14er. Going down might be more difficult than going up. On the way up, you'll see a false summit ridge for most of the hike. Once you get past that, you can see the actual summit and then it's only about 20 minutes to the top.

What makes this hike so difficult is its steepness. Due to the sharp incline, some rocks are prone to sliding down the mountain. Look for steady rocks to step on in this hike's many rock fields. The loose rocks make the descent tiring and painstaking. Take your time on the way down and be prepared to use your hands at times.

This is clearly not the primary route up Lincoln, but still provides the spectacular views. On a summer weekend day, we saw about 15 people at the summit of Lincoln, none of which had taken this trail. If you can handle a very steep incline, this route is a good way to find solitude on a 14er.

hiking
2 months ago

Not sure how to sum up our day on Thursday (6/28/18)—It was gorgeous with all the wild flowers as we hiked up through tree line. We took the trail at the end of the reservoir road—crossed the grated bridge and got on there. While the trail splits a lot and we weren’t entirely sure where to go, we figured “up” was the right direction.

Once out of tree line, we didn’t see any definitive trail markings, and ended up bouldering along the left side of the gulley/drainage. (We did find more of a trail on our hike down later)

We started the hike late (2:30pm), but the weather was clear and set to be clear al day, which it was. The majority of the climb is up step skree, where we felt like we would lose three steps for each “one”.

Coming out of tree line, we suggest staying low in the drainage if you can, because that’s where we found the trail on the way back down. And the “trail” was a bit packed out and offered better traction overall.

The last 1,000’ up were tough, with several false summits. But the views were obviously worth it. And getting up there at sunset (7:45pm), made for some spectacular scenery.

We were able to “surf” the skree on the way down, which turned into a lot of fun. And we made great time coming down. It got dark for us just before we reached tree line, and we had a hard time finding our original trail in the dark. We knew that if we could get the stream on our right, we’d be in good shape. And once we did find the trail, it was pretty quick work to get down and out. We managed to be off the trail at 10:30pm as the orange moon peeked up over the horizon, casting beautiful, shimmering light on the reservoir water as we drove out.

It was an exhausting and hard day. So I suggest picking friends you know can handle it with a good sense of humor. Otherwise, if I didn’t have that, I might’ve had a major breakdown, ha!

All in all a solid day. But definitely not a 14er for a beginner.

hiking
Tuesday, September 17, 2013