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View from Mount Lincoln

Lincoln Group
Tenmile-Mosquito Range, Colorado
August 31, 2006
Distance: 11.3 km (7.0 mi)
Cumulative Elevation Gain: 979 m (3212 ft)

Mount Democrat: 4312 m (14,148 ft)
Mount Cameron: 4354 m (14,238 ft)
Mount Lincoln: 4354 m (14,286 ft)
Mount Bross: 4320 m (14,172 ft)

The Lincoln Group comprises four fourteeners, including three that surround a cirque. It's not a popular destination, which is one reason why Dinah and I chose it. We encountered only three people on our trip. Although it's a short hike, we enjoyed the alpine scenery. The only challenge was doing all the peaks without placing ourselves in jeopardy of a thunderstorm. Two thunderstorms passed close by, but we only received a bit of rain.

Although the elevation gain was less than 700 m from the trailhead to the highest point, the total gain including losses over 50 ft was 1100 m.

We started up Mount Democrat in temperatures colder than normal for this time of the year. We followed the trail going to the saddle between Mounts Democrat and Cameron, but we soon left the saddle to scramble directly up Democrat. It was a chilly 5°C on the top. After a short stay, we dropped to the saddle and hiked up Mount Cameron.

Although Mount Cameron is over 14,000 feet, it's not considered a fourteener. According to the guidebook Colorado Fourteeners, it rises only 157 ft above a connecting saddle with another peak. To be an official fourteener a mountain must be 300 feet above the connecting saddle.

(For purists, the goal is not only climbing all the fourteeners but gaining 3,000 feet [914 m] on each one. In the case of Lincoln, Democrat and Bross one would have to start 1,000 feet below Kite Lake to bag just one of these peaks. And then do two more trips to bag the other two.)

From Cameron, Lincoln is an out-and-back trip. After taking some photos on the summit, we returned to Cameron and continued to Bross. The top of Mount Bross is even broader and flatter than that of Mount Cameron. We could see another storm coming in, so we hastened down the trail back to the car.

At the car, we talked to a woman and her son. He told us about a friend who had difficulty with the altitude when she arrived in Colorado from Australia. Instead of taking the time to acclimatize, she immediately went hiking. She became so ill that she ended up in the hospital hooked up to oxygen.

KML and GPX Tracks

Mounts Bross and Lincoln seen from the highway at Hoosier Pass

Mount Democrat from the trailhead. Trail leads right but we left it to ascend the right skyline ridge.

The orange scree is a mining scar. Mount Democrat is on the left.

Kite Lake takes its name after its shape

Pika sightings are far more common in the Colorado mountains than in the Canadian Rockies

Trudging to the summit of Democrat

Looking down the valley we drove up

Mount Bross in the background

Below the summit we got back on the trail. Mounts Lincoln and Cameron on the left.

On the summit of Democrat

Dinah tries to make sense of the summit register

View from Mount Democrat

Looking back at Democrat as we ascended Cameron

The top of Cameron hardly looks like a summit!

View of of Bross from Cameron

On to Mount Lincoln, the highest of the four peaks

The previous day, we climbed Quandary Peak using the south slope seen here

A worn trail leads to the summit

On the summit of Mount Lincoln

Heading to Mount Bross

Looking back at Cameron and Lincoln

Coming up to the summit of Bross

A windbreak occupies the summit of Mount Bross

The summit is incredibly flat

Looking back at all four peaks

Starting down from Mount Bross

Heading back down to the trailhead

We followed the trail back

We passed a small waterfall on the way down

Climax, Alma (7.0 mi, 14,285 ft, 2251 ft)

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