Hike the Decalibron Loop

Colorado Kite Lake Trailhead

  • Activities:

    Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Intermediate

  • Season:

    Spring, Summer, Autumn

  • Trail Type:

    Loop

  • RT Distance:

    7.5 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    3000 Feet

Lake
Scenic

Hike Mt Democrat, Mt Cameron, Mt Lincoln and Mt Bross (all 14ers) in a relatively short loop hike. 7.5 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.

Pack List

  • 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.
Read More

Reviews

Overall rating: 

Leave a Review

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!

8 months ago
8 months ago

Great way to start the climbing season with this loop. Being above 13,000ft for that entire loop is a good way to get acclimated to high altitudes for the summer!

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

Kyle FrostAdmin

Designer and Adventure Photographer based in Boulder, Colorado. I designed this site :) I'm @kylefrost pretty much everywhere.

Are we missing something? Suggest an edit

Nearby Adventures

Mountain Bike the Notch Trail

Colorado / Notch Trailhead

The trail is shared by mountain bikers and ATV users. The Notch Trail is located in the San Juan National Forest.  Photos: William Snow, Davey Nin, and Kent Kanouse

6 Saves

Hike the Hidden Valley Loop

Colorado / Hidden Valley Loop Trails

The trail is shared by mountain bikers, hikers, and trail runners. The Hidden Valley Loop offers amazing views of the Animas Valley, especially when the foliage changes in the fall.

12 Saves

Hike the Jones and Dutch Creek Loop

Colorado / Jones Creek and Dutch Creek Trail

The trail is well maintained and is dog friendly. Bring extra water if using this trail in July or August.  Photos: Chris M Morris and Daniel Weber 

14 Saves