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

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The Decalibron: Mounts Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, and Bross Trail is a 12.2 kilometer 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: 12.2 km Elevation Gain: 1,030 m Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

hiking

nature trips

lake

views

wild flowers

rocky

scramble

snow

no shade

Note: $3 fee for parking. 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. The peak of Mount Bross is private property so please be respectful.

hiking
icy
no shade
private property
rocky
snow
2 months ago

We only made it a couple miles in because we couldn’t see any of the trail. Calf deep snow in 1/2 places other half knee and waist deep. Wasn’t a safe route once we summited the first mountain. Would try again though I want to complete it.

hiking
4 months ago

Started with Democrat and did the loop in 7.5 hrs. Not bad for 69 years. Only issue was coming down Bross. The trail takes a hard left at about 13,300 ft and, if it is marked, I missed it. So I went straight down the ridge line which was steep with scree all the way. It was actually kind of fun 'skiding' down in some spots but took a lot longer. Great hike, great views.

Really cool hike! Loved that you can see all the peaks and the trail from the top of each mountain. Looked so far but really wasn’t. Very exposed hike though. Both wind and sun - no trees. Jogged down the last couple miles. Also, I added another mile to the hike by parking my van a ways down the road since it was super gnarly to drive even that far in a vehicle definitely not built for it.

hiking
4 months ago

Awesome. Started with bross ended with Democrat. Sweet views and it’s nippy up there so bundle up!!

hiking
no shade
4 months ago

Winds were insane, but layered right it added to the fun. Fantastic community of people on the trails. Coming down Bross at the end? Lay your pride aside and bring trekking poles just in case. I was glad to have them.

Scree Scree Scree. False Summits Awesome

hiking
no shade
private property
rocky
4 months ago

Super cole and windy today which made it pretty brutal. Wouldn’t recommend when it’s windy. Overall, if it weren’t for the wind, this probably would’ve been an epic hike.

hiking
4 months ago

completed all 4 today...winds were brutal and freezing...started roughly at 6:30 and back at car at 3:15... definitely challenging walking with strong winds and took 2 nice falls coming down... feeling accomplished!

hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
4 months ago

downhill is a breeze

hiking
4 months ago

9/14 completed all 4 and felt so successful afterwards. Definitely tough. We went democrat to bross. Bross’ loose scramble on the way down was awful but I don’t think I’d want to do that in the dark. Got to the TH around 5:30 (started the incline and got a bit off track in the dark) and finished around 12. Stopped plenty of times to catch breath and eat.

hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
4 months ago

hiking
rocky
scramble
4 months ago

10/05/2019 Started 7:30am - Completed 1:30pm (6 hours) The wind made this hike almost unbearable. Extremely strong and extremely cold. Pack extra layers, bring lunch rather than snacks, and just keep moving. Highly recommend starting with Democrat - Cameron - Lincoln - ending Bross. Bross is tricky to descend due to how steep it is. Don't be afraid to bum slide down or pack some trekking poles. Total mileage for this was closer to 9 miles Yes - bring $3 to pay for parking ($12 for overnight) Yes - Bross is private property so be respectful. Overall the trail is in great condition, easily marked, and views make it all worth it!

hiking
rocky
4 months ago

9/14. Awesome hike to conquer 3/4 14'ers at once. Park along the road and hike up to the trailhead. Lots of hikers on the trail early to get the whole loop in. Steep decent coming down Bross back to the trailhead. Gorgeous views from the peaks! Definitely worth it!

hiking
rocky
scramble
4 months ago

Completed 09/28. Went up Democrat, Cameron Lincoln then Bross. The clouds were gorgeous! Beautiful hike. Windy. I recommend! Going down Bross was not the most fun, all loose rock and gravel. I’d still go up Democrat first though. My friend has bad knee and she had a tough time coming down Bross with no poles.

hiking
4 months ago

If you do this loop go left to right. Going up to Bross first in any condition would almost be impossible. A lot of loose rock. Democrat is the worst-straight up to the peak. Very taxing. Get done with that peak the others are cake. Very windy and cold.

hiking
4 months ago

Awesome way to knock out several fourteeners! Summited Democrat first, which was the best view on the hike. Democrat to Cameron had the most extreme wind I have ever experienced, but was still doable with several layers. The way down from Bross was actually easier on the knees than I expected, as I pretty much ended up sliding the entire way down.

hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
4 months ago

sick loop.. be careful going down bross (if you do) it's narrow and sketchy but all in all fun day!

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