Hike the Decalibron Loop
Colorado › Kite Lake Trailhead
Added by Kyle Frost
Hike Mt Democrat, Mt Cameron, Mt Lincoln and Mt Bross (all 14ers) in a relatively short loop hike7.5 miles RTRoughly 3000 ft of elevation gain
Start your hike at the Kite Lake trailhead, where you can find overnight camping for a small fee, or park a bit down the road for free. The trail starts above treeline, so you'll avoid that usual pesky romp through the forest that so many 14ers begin with.
First, head up past Kite Lake to Democrat's east slope. The trail zigzags up to the saddle between Democrat and Cameron. You'll make a left turn here, at about 13,000ft and climb the rest of the way up Democrat's ridgeline to the summit.
Return the way you came, back down to the saddle, and continue straight on up the west ridge of Cameron. You'll climb quickly and reach the large broad summit of Cameron. It's "technically" not a 14er by some standards, but hey, it's a summit over 14k.
Continue heading northeast off the summit of Cameron on an obvious trail down to the Cameron-Lincoln saddle. You should be able to see most of the trail up to Lincoln from the summit of Cameron. Head up to Lincoln's summit, which is small and rocky, but maybe the most fun of the 4.
Head back the way you came towards Cameron, and take a trail veering to the south at the Cameron-Lincoln saddle towards Bross. Continue on this trail until a junction heads to the left towards the obvious high point. Head on up to the summit of Bross from here.
Head back the way you came and continue on the trail that heads down and west past Bross. The steep trail will cross the ridgeline and then take a steep downturn back to the Kite Lake trailhead.
All in all, an excellent short loop with fantastic views.
- Warm clothes. This entire hike is exposed and above treeline. It can get windy and cold.
- Expect to start early. There is little to no protection if a storm/lightning rolls in in the afternoon.
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The best bang for your buck 14er hike
Hitting four 14ers in under 8 miles is like a gift from the hiking gods! The summit of Bross is technically private property so proceed there with caution. If you're feeling especially trepidatious, the grassroots Kite Lake Triple mountain race is held over these four summits in September. You can bag 4 summits in 2-3 hours!
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