ElevationAscent: 2,093' 638 m
Descent: -2,092' -638 m
High: 14,122' 4,304 m
Low: 12,029' 3,666 m
GradeAvg Grade: 21% (12°)
Max Grade: 80% (38°)
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“This moderate trail provides access to 14er Mt. Democrat and the DeCaliBron linkup.”— Tyler Prince
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.
From here, descend back to Kite Lake or continue along to the DeCaliBron linkup via the Democrat-Lincoln Trail.
The entire trail is above tree line and is completely exposed to quickly changing weather conditions. From the top there are beautiful views in every direction and the only peaks higher by a few feet, are other Colorado 14ers. This would be a good beginner introduction to climbing 14ers.
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Land Manager: USFS - White River National Forest Office