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DeCaliBron

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7.0 mile 11.3 kilometer loop
64% Runnable
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Elevation

Ascent: 3,003' 915 m
Descent: -3,003' -915 m
High: 14,220' 4,334 m
Low: 12,025' 3,665 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 16% (9°)
Max Grade: 77% (38°)

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Trail shared by Tyler Prince

Summit four Fourteeners (Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, and Bross) in one fell swoop.

Tyler Prince

Features Lake · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Mt. Bross is on private property, so it cannot be legally summited. The trails and route shown here pass just below its summit and are on public land.

The land manager requires leashes for all dogs. You'll see many dogs and few leashes.

Overview

"DeCaliBron" (Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, Bross) provides an awesome way to do four Fourteeners in one easy day. The linkup involves a fairly steep run up Mt. Democrat, followed by a prolonged walk along several ridges.

Need to Know

Expect to be above 13,000 ft for the majority of the day, and bring plenty of water. Like with any other run at this elevation, be prepared for alpine winds and weather. This route isn't all that long or technical, but if you aren't well adjusted to altitude you're likely to feel the effects of acute mountain sickness (AMS) more on this than on other easy Fourteeners.

Runner Notes

While rocky and in some parts steep, DeCaliBron provides an excellent trail run for the sure-footed. Expect a 2.5-5 hr trip depending on your fitness and motivation.

Description

Get to Alma on CO 9, south from Breckenridge or north from Fairplay. From downtown Alma (the highest unincorporated town in the USA), drive west on the Kite Lake road. It is marked with a small sign and is right in the middle of town (which is only about six blocks long). Pass through a residential area and drive 6 miles on a good but washboarded dirt road to Kite Lake. 2WD cars should suffice.

Pay to camp at Kite Lake, or camp a few yards down the road along the stream and camp for free.

Starting at the Kite Lake parking lot, cross a small stream network on some rocks. Angle left and continue up a slight incline on an excellent dirt trail. After about half a mile the grade begins to kick up as the trail gets rockier and turns around some switchbacks. Once coming up the first headwall, the trail straightens out but remains rocky. After a few more switchbacks, reach the Democrat-Cameron Saddle at 13,400 ft. There is an abandoned mine shaft to the left right at the saddle.

Turn left here to continue to the Mt. Democrat summit. From here the trail is steep and rocky, but remains along the ridge and is easy to follow. Reach a plateau around 13,900 ft and walk about 100 yds before coming to the summit block. Continue about 200 vertical ft along some switchbacks to reach the summit. NOTE: at 13,600 ft there is a clear trail angling left before reaching the plateau mentioned above. This provides a less direct but more gradual alternative to the direct walk up the ridge, which is more popular with faster runners or if any snow is present.

Descend back to the Democrat-Cameron Saddle, this time staying straight and heading up the clear trail to Mt. Cameron. This will be fairly steep to start, but is less rocky than the trail up Democrat. Once it flattens out at 14,000 ft, it's hard to tell where the actual summit is - the summit is basically one big, rocky football field. After this summit, you're just about done ascending for the day.

From here, run down a gradual and clear trail before reaching the Cameron-Lincoln saddle. This is a slightly aggrandizing term, seeing as once you're here it's only about 200 vertical ft up over a rocky class 2 trail to the Mt. Lincoln summit. At 14,286, this is the high point of the trip.

Turn back down the trail from whence you came, this time angling to the left across a rocky flat area. Continue on a clear trail toward Mt. Bross. As this mountain is privately owned, the Lincoln-Bross Trail doesn't actually lead to the summit. Instead, it passes just below and to the south of the summit.

The descent from Bross is steep and unpleasant. Walk back to the Lincoln-Bross trail you were on, and continue to the right down towards Kite Lake. Walk along dirt trails covered with loose talus. As the grade gets steeper, you'll begin to run parallel to a drainage to your left. Eventually, the switchbacks will become more gradual as you approach Kite Lake. Once you're finished, you can relish the fact that you just summited four 14ers in a single day!

Flora & Fauna

Starting above tree line, you'll see some wildflowers and willows down low and pika and marmots up high. Despite its proximity to Quandary Peak and its friendly mountain goats, you won't see many here.

History & Background

Mt. Bross, despite being little more than a molehill off of Mt. Lincoln, is one of only two privately owned Fourteeners (the other being Culebra Peak). Like other mountains in the area, it has a rich mining history, with the land being passed down for generations.

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Sep 1, 2019
Jack Henstridge
Pretty great trail. Descent off Bross is a nightmare. Loose choss. Still a stellar loop and well worth it. 7.9mi — 3h 45m
Jul 17, 2018
Bryan M
All 4. Summered 4th in 2.5 7.3mi
Jul 7, 2018
Jason Campbell
Aug 29, 2017
Laura L.
8.4mi
Jul 30, 2017
Jen McMurtrey
Jul 15, 2017
Mr Singleton
7.2mi — 2h 15m
Nov 12, 2016
Becky Boyle
9mi — 4h 00m

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Long shot at 07:30 am from 12,680' looking down southeast towards the beginning of the trail up to Mount Democrat. This shot shows the progression from a smooth, wide trail to start, to a steeper and rockier climb forward. This is halfway to the summit.
Sep 26, 2019 near Copper…, CO
Mt Lincoln trail looking at Mt Cameron, Colorado
Feb 16, 2015 near Brecken…, CO
East towards Alma at halfway to the summit of Mount Democrat.
Oct 12, 2019 near Copper…, CO
Down we go
Mar 4, 2015 near Fairplay, CO
Beginning the descent from Bross with a nice view of Democrat in the background. The descent is nice and firm near the top, only becoming loose granite gravel toward the bottom.
Jul 17, 2017 near Fairplay, CO
GYGO! Colorado Fourteener Style
Mar 4, 2015 near Fairplay, CO

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