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It was pretty from kite lake and the drive in was beautiful! It was a trail to the ridge line then when you go up to summit lots of scree and boulders but not terrible. Took us 5 hours.

did Democrat Cameron Lincoln bross and that order glad I did accept the trail coming down off bross is very narrow and all loose gravel not my favorite part of the trail and a little sketchy at times I would recommend going back over Cameron after summiting Bross for an easier descent back to the trailhead

Had a great time going solo on the DeCaLiBron yesterday. I would definitely recommend going up Democrat and down Bross- also bring trekking poles for the way down Bross to make falling less likely. Took me 6 and a half hours round-trip including stops at the summit and talking to a lot of people along the trail. So fun to hike above treeline too! Would definitely recommend.

We did the loop by going up Bross and started at 5:30am. We didn’t go to the peak of Bross, since it’s off limits. Most people did, though. I realize it’s hard to pass up, but it would be a bummer if that keeps the park service from securing official access.

Lincoln was our fave of the four, as it was less crowded and pretty easy once we were up Bross. It was also the only one where I could find a geologic marker.

Cameron was really nice, since it is so spacious. We actually encountered a group who took a full size cooler up and had taken games to play. I certainly hope Cameron gets official recognition at some point. If you are hiking up from Democrat, I would thiGoing down the other side of Cameron was a bummer knowing we were going to have to climb back up to Democrat.

All in all, awesome hike! Worth the work

The road up to Kite Lake was better than expected with some rutted out spots (it was dry on 7/14). I got to the Trailhead at about 8am and had to park along the road about 0.5 miles from the parking lot, paid the $3 fee and began the hike from Kite Lake to Democrat at around 8:40am. The trail was fairly busy, primarily at the beginning as many people decided to only summit Mt. Democrat, so the crowd died down by the time I summited Cameron. The stretch from the top of Democrat to the top of Cameron was the most challenging for me, but it was smooth sailing to Lincoln and Bross. The top of Bross is private property, but those who choose to summit and loop back to the parking lot should be aware that the “trail” down is loose talus and can be very dangerous. Overall, the hike was a blast! I’d say it’s a moderate hike since it begins above tree line with relatively low mileage, especially for the fit and acclimated.

Got to the trailhead at 6:30 am and there was a line of cars in front and behind me. We had to park on the street because parking was already full by the time we got there.

This was my first 14er(s) and I ended at 12:30 pm, spending time at each summit. I’m usually a pretty quick hiker, but I had to take this super slow and allow for multiple stops. This may be known as a good one for first timers, but don’t forget that it is a workout. I was surprised with how much my legs were hurting.

I went up democrat first and would recommend doing that, unless you bring a dog. Going down Bross was extremely challenging because it’s almost straight down/loose rock and very hard on the knees (don’t forget your poles like I did). Overall, the views are beyond worth it and to get 4 done in one day - it’s an amazing feeling.

Started with Democrat and descended down Bross. If you save Democrat for last you will be very tired climbing up to the summit. Going down Bross was rough on the knees. It will be challenging no matter what, just bring sunscreen, snacks, and water. We started at 6:30 and ended at 3:30.

Okay I'm going to write a real honest review for those novice people who suck at hiking. I waa thrown by the reviews, thinking it would only take us 5 hours. Nope. The people who say this was quick and easy are runners.
This was a hard trail. We started with Bross. The views from the top were nice, but I honestly expected a little more. We then traveled over to where the trails for Cameron and Lincoln split. We started to head toward Lincoln, and decided not to do it because we were already exhausted. So we went to Cameron and the views were insanely gorgeous! The way down took seriously forever to get to. We didn't even bother with Democrat, thankfully, because it started to rain. It took us 6 hours to do two mountains y'all. But I would definitely go back for Lincoln and Democrat.

Denverite here, did this hike with a friend and her pup. Started at trailhead around 7am, ended close to 3pm. AllTrails recorded our moving time as 6.5 hours. I love hiking, but I am notoriously slower than the pack. Overall it was strenuous, but doable. The ascent to Democrat was tough in spots, loose rocks and some false peaks. Getting down Bross was the worst. I opted to wear my trail runners that have great traction, and didn’t slip, but saw plenty of people take small falls on the loose gravel. If you have knee issues, bring support.

A couple of things to know for this hike:
1) $3 pay station, bring exact change. You put cash in an envelope.
2) Sunscreen! No coverage at all during this hike, so if the sun is blazing, your skin will be baking.
3) We learned along our way that the summit of Mt. Bross is privately owned land (possibly mining company) and there is a $500 fee for trespassing. Do that summit at your own risk.

Happy hiking!

This was definitely a workout hike with great views at the summit, but meh during the actual hike since you start above treeline. I disagree with the below review! I summited Democrat first and finished with Bross. Bross was a beast with the scree on the descent (it is very steep and ALL scree which does make it a bit treacherous) BUT at least you aren't losing ground for each step you would take to ascend it. Camped at the trailhead the night before and was on the trail by 5:15. Total time was 5:43 with minimal time spent on the summits because it was very windy. Not super crowded, but definitely a fair amount of hikers.

Was great. Come up bross side(signs say don’t but I did

Lovely hike and now it is definitely one of my favorite group of 14ers!
Started this morning at 6:30am and returned to the car at 12pm while still enjoying the views from the top!
There is a $3 fee per car so come prepared!

No one is mentioning that the actual trail for the summit of Mt. Bross is closed. You can ignore the signs and still summit but my understanding is it sits on private property and owners have not at this point given permission for hikers to summit. You can still do the loop but it falls just shy of reaching the top of Mt. Bross.

Excellent trip! The road in isn't nearly as bad as described. It's a little rough, but clearance shouldn't be an issue. I left the car at 5:30AM and headed counterclockwise. I think I may have gotten lucky that there was a little rain the day before. The trail up Bross was actually really nice! I think the rain made the trail a bit softer and the rocks seemed to nestle into the trail a little bit. I didn't have a problem at all with loose rocks on the ascent of Bross. I was the first on the summit of Bross and headed for the others on the loop. Getting from Bross to Lincoln and Cameron was a piece of cake. Fun hiking at high elevation, but staying in the saddles didn't make for much ascending/descending. I had a nice breeze that was welcoming and the views up there are great! No one talks much about the decent from Cameron to the ascent of Democrat. This was by far the hardest part of the hike for me and my pup. Maybe because I had already done quite a few miles, but I really think that this climb is the steepest. These two areas are mostly rock and the ascent of Democrat is only rock. Without these pushes, I would've considered it fairly easy. These push it into the moderate category for me anyways. I was back to the car at 10:00AM, but an afternoon obligation in Denver forced me to push a pretty high rate of speed throughout. Great way to knock out 4 peaks in 1 crack! Highly recommend!!

This was my first 14er(s) adventure-The gravel can be extremely lose in some areas and the larger rocks can prove more technical to get down for humans and dogs alike. Got to Kite Lake trailhead early and there were plenty of people there for a 6am ascent. I recommend starting as early as possible because that sun is blazing once it finally comes out. Make sure you have $3 for parking (cash or check).

Started with Bross and ended up on Democrat (the fourth and final sumit) in 4.5 hours which felt fast. Took our time at the top of Democrat and on the descent which was all rock.

Make sure you're prepared with plenty of water and snacks. If you're bringing a dog, put mushers paw or booties on them because it's far too easy to get cut up paws from the rock and debris.

It's definitely a good hike, just be sure to give yourself time and come prepared and you'll have a good time. Take your time and be safe.

Great day in the hills. Left the trail at 6:00 am, went up Bross first. I think either way would be fine. Lots of nice people on the trail( dogs too) Parking was definitely full but you can park along the road with no problems. Beautiful sunny day with incredible views. Great to get 4 14ners in one day. Got back to the car at noon and I did spend some time at each summit.

I went up the Bross trail first as recommended in these reviews - that is the way to go for sure. Very busy trails get to parking lot early. You will need $3 cash for parking. Friendly folks all along the peaks. Alma takes their speed limits seriously too!

Train for this one it takes a while but what a great experience to get 4 14ers in a day.

We camped overnight on Saturday (June 30) and started our hike at 5:45 a.m. We took the advice of starting the trek with Mt. Bross. It was chilly and windy but the views are tremendous at Kite Lake, particular at night with the stars shining and the moon illuminating the surrounding peaks. The hike up Bross was great. We definitely made note that climbing it first was to our advantage, as a decent at the end would have proven more treacherous. The summit of Bross was my favorite. It was quite cold at the top, but the views up got better with each step. From Bross, we made our way to Mt. Lincoln. It was incredibly windy along that stretch. At the top you can see Mt. Quandry. Mt. Cameron was next, and honestly, proved to be summit of lackluster appeal. No marker, no sign post, nothing but a small pile of rocks. The decent to the base of Mt. Democrat was fun and required some paying attention, as the rock changes here. By the time we climbed Democrat, the wind had been sucked out of my climbing partner and I somewhat and we had to pace ourselves up the final couple hundred feet to the summit. Granted, I live in San Diego and live at nearly 0 elevation. The locals and even their children bounded about like altitude was a rumor.

I'm so glad we attempted and completed this hike. It is a real feeling of gratification to complete four 14ers in one day. That brings my meager total to 5. Can't wait to do another. This hike is definitely manageable if you're in decent shape and acclimate to the altitude before. Make signs to post with your photos at the summit. There were only survey markers at Bross and Lincoln and only a sign on a cut piece of log at Bross. Maybe markers are getting stolen? Also, someone should invest in some trail posts (forget cairnes, they're useless in the rock landscape) for Democrat. We lost the trail going up so many times and had to overwork to get up. You can see the trail more clearly coming down, but it still would be nice if someone put up permanent trail posts.

Lovely hike! Stopped a lot along the way, and had a solid break at the top of each peak. Left car at 6 and was back just before 1. We did the counter-clockwise route, and was glad we did. Just be aware that if you want to hit all peaks, you still have Democrat to do after descending Cameron. I’d still choose this over having to descend Bross at the end of the hike.

Quick climb. Loose gravel and steep areas make for careful descent. Not as scenic, and quite windy at the summits, but descent views nonetheless.

This trail was great! Parts were a little slick due to loose rocks. The road to get to the trail head was quite rough.

Please oh please don't bring dogs down the Bross slope! It is nothing but rocks, many of which are sharp, and gravel. The few dogs I saw looked scared, tired, and had to be pulled down by anxious and regretful owners who didn't realize and felt really bad about it. Dogs MIGHT be ok ascending (but I still don't recommend this)- the rocks are still bad and some people had to put vaseline on their paws.

Other than that, this isn't the most scenic hike, but the views atop Democrat and Lincoln are great and the whole route is a fun challenge. We started at 8:00a and finished around 2:00p. Weather was perfect- clear and sunny the whole day. I still wore everything from a long-sleeve T-shirt to a winter jacket though depending on the elevation, so pack layers. I'd also highly recommend real hiking boots on this trail rather than trail running shoes (which I do everything except 14ers and steep trails in). That said, a lot of people were wearing trail shoes and even sneakers and surviving. There's no snow on the trail, so no need for spikes. Poles would be a great idea especially as the Democrat ascent/descent and Bross descent are steep.

Bring lots of water- there's no potable water at the trailhead. There are fast-running clear creeks there though if you have a water filtration system. There are also pit toilets at the trailhead.

Lastly, we got there at 8:00 and were able to park along the road, but the parking lot was full and there were a lot of people parking far down the road as we did.

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.

I went down Bross, kinda like a bobsled run as the scree flowed down what appeared to be trail and I balance myself with my poles... Obviously I had to empty my shoes at the bottom...

I went up Mount Bross first and glad I did. Fairly steep ascent with lots of loose rock felt kinda bad for the people who would be decending that way. Get an early start to avoid the weather and crowds.

Started at 5:45 am, was back to the car by 10:30. If you're looking for a simple way to bag 4 14ers, this is it! Went up Bross, and was glad I did - would have been a pain to go down. There were so many wildflowers! Snow was not a problem. It was a beautiful loop, but not the most beautiful.

Such a great day of tackling these incredible summits! Definitely glad we started counterclockwise with Bross and ended with Democrat - Bross has a ton of very loose, gravely scree that makes for a tough summit, but probably a WAY harder descend. Bross was very windy at the top, so we didn't stick around for long, whereas Democrat wasn't windy at all, which made for a good long break and time of celebration before heading back to the TH. Total time was 6.5 hours including breaks at the top of each summit. Super fun day!

We decided to climb counter clockwise to avoid the decent of Bross. Democrat and Cameron are extremely rocky so I don’t recommend anything other then boots if you choose to go counter clockwise. Descending Bross can be tricky with the loose rock but the rocks on the other side are no picnic either.

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