The Decalibron: Mounts Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, and Bross Trail

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The Decalibron: Mounts Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, and Bross Trail is a 7.6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Alma, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and snowboarding and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 7.6 miles Elevation Gain: 3,412 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

hiking

nature trips

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

rocky

scramble

snow

no shade

The trail is accessible year round through the Kite Lake Trailhead. The road near the top is treacherous, but easy enough to park a half mile down the road before that part and hike.

hiking
1 day ago

Excellent hike! Democrat uphill was toughest part. The wind between Democrat and Cameron was INTENSE today. Not sure if that is the norm or just the luck of the draw. Hike to Lincoln was great as was the short walk to Bross. I decided last minute to down-climb Bross. My original plan was to summit Lincoln and then return down Democrat. Down-climbing Bross was not as bad as I expected. Not a walk in the park but not bad at all. Just stay aware of potential of slipping on the gravel and you’ll find it is very doable. There are still a few snow fields but I didn’t bring any traction or poles and had no issue.

hiking
bugs
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rocky
scramble
snow
4 days ago

This was an awesome hike. We had beautiful weather the whole day. Most of the snow is gone or will be gone in a few days. Going up Democrat is the biggest challenge after that the hike is still hard but gets easier. Be careful going down Bross as it is steep. Up democrat the trail is still hidden under snow and you have a lot of scrambling to do but it is worth it. Don’t let the challenge of Democrat deter you from doing the others. It’s well worth it.

hiking
5 days ago

Beautiful and awesome day. Did Democrat first while the snow was still hard and that worked great. Lots of scree on Bross but just took it slow when needed. Totally worth it and so amazing!

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rocky
scramble
snow
5 days ago

I traveled clockwise. It’s pretty rocky getting up Mount Democrat, then Mount Cameron isn’t too hateful. After that it’s a breeze up Mount Lincoln and not too bad over to Mount Bross either. Coming down Bross is rough though. Scree and loose rocks almost the whole way down. Traveling counterclockwise would prevent having to go down the scree on Mount Bross but it would also mean you’re climbing Mount Democrat last and that’s probably the toughest climb.

hiking
closed
no shade
scramble
washed out
9 days ago

DO NOT GO TO MT BROSS!! The mountain is way too dangerous due to the large amount of rock sliding that occurs when you attempt to follow the trail. That is why the trail has been closed to the public.

hiking
9 days ago

Tough hike lots of inclement and rock climbing come prepared and just take your time beautiful views from Democrat

hiking
muddy
no shade
off trail
private property
rocky
scramble
snow
9 days ago

Climbed on 7/9/19. Took ya 6.5 hours total, with ample breaks and resting time. Based on what we read below, we started on Bross, went to Lincoln, then Cameron, and did Democrat last before descending from Democrat to the parking lot. Bross was a little steep with some dicey areas of snow and loose gravel, but overall pretty smooth sailing - nothing crazy. The hikes from Bross to Lincoln and from Lincoln to Cameron were cake. Now Democrat - oh boy. Everyone we passed told us not to do Democrat because of the snow, and we should have listened. Even without the snow, the Democrat ascent is scary and very difficult - almost 100% scrambling over big rocks on very steep slopes. The snow - waist deep in some places and at least knee deep everywhere - made it that much more difficult. My waterproof hiking boots, socks, and feet were absolutely soaked by the end of the hike, as was my bottom from slipping and sliding down huge hills of snow. The snow is completely unavoidable in many areas. The descent from the valley between Cameron and Democrat was the worst part - HUGE fields of snow. If you can, avoid that part all together and go back down Bross. Unless you are EXTREMELY determined to summit all four (I which case I recommend poles, snowshoes, gloves, and a waterproof jacket to sled down on), I recommend skipping Democrat. I’d suggest going up the relatively snow-free Bross, summiting Bross, Lincoln and Cameron, and turning around the descend back down Bross. Save Democrat for next summer when the snow’s gone.

hiking
no shade
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rocky
scramble
snow
9 days ago

Completed July 10th, 2019 with our two dogs, no hiking poles, no spikes, but with waterproof hiking shoes. The path we took consists of Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, and Bross via the Kite Lake trailhead. There's a 3$ parking fee at the trailhead btw. The hike itself is pretty difficult from the beginning to the top of Democrat, which at this time still had a good field of snow and a tremendous amount of large loose rocks. There are many paths to the top and some can be dangerous if not careful. The path through the next 3 peaks are easier and much faster. Be advised you are above the treeline from the start and there is NO COVERAGE so have sunscreen. When you get close to Bross you will see multiple signs that say trail closed but if you stick towards the summit you will follow a pretty obvious path. Once completed, the trail continues down the side of Bross back to the trailhead where you began but there is Alot of loose rocks and scree for like 1.5 miles down. It does get steep enough to easily slide down the loose rocks. I wouldn't recommend completing Bross by ascending this path but you can descend slowly. Took approximately 8 hours to finish while stopping at each summit. Overall this was a beautiful hike with amazing views and plenty of scenery. For anyone interested me and my wife created a hiking video compressing 8 hours of hiking into 4 minutes of video with some music. This was created more for ourselves but I hope you can get a better idea of the hike with this. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvDkVqYU-J0&t=10s

hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
snow
10 days ago

As of Monday, July 8, there was significant snow drifts on Democrat which made for a somewhat difficult ascent, but still accessible with the right equipment and/or experience. I witnessed people trying to hike in tennis shoes and they were having difficulties and I think they had to trim back. There was also several snow drifts to navigate from Cameron to Lincoln and then on the decent from Lincoln towards Bross. It took us 7 1/2 hours to do the entire hike with lots of sightseeing along the way. We set out at 6:15 am and there were about 15-20 others heading out around the same time. The road to the trailhead was open and there is a $3 parking fee at the gate so bring some cash.

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