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Ascent of Mount Lincoln on 2010-08-15

Climber: Lee Newton

Date:Sunday, August 15, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Lincoln
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:14286 ft / 4354 m

Ascent Trip Report

The description I had from summitpost suggested the last mile or two of the access road would be a challenge with 2 creek (stream) crossings. Actually summer work had recently improved the road, bridging the creeks. Although the road is still dirt for 10km and rough in places, several people had made it to the Lake in "normal" cars. However, I was still glad I had rented an SUV with high clearance. Parking was 3 dollars at the lake, where it was also possible to camp, at an altitude of over 3600m!

The temperature was close to zero centigrade as I set out, noticably colder than on Elbert the day before. At the ridgeline I had to put on a windproof as an icy wind was blowing out of the northwest.

I noted that the usual footwear for hiking in Colorado (cross-trainers) were not really adequate for the roughness of the path and didn't feel so out of place in my trusty Meindl mountain boots as I had the day before on the well-groomed Elbert trail. There were also many people with in adequate clothing who had to turn back (with wind-chill it was below zero, I wore a balaclava from halfway up Cameron to the top of Lincoln to stop my cheek freezing painfully.

The change of weather had also brought crystal clear skies, with cloud far below over the plains leading out towards Kansas. Pikes Peak appeared out of the cloud sea looking much closer than it really was and the views all around were stunning. Grays peak and Torrey Peak looked particularly fine to the north, as did Elbert and Massive to the southwest. Mount Silverheels, directly across the Hoosier pass road proffered a shapely ridge in my direction, and I briefly toyed with climbing it in the afternoon.

The descent by the same route was uneventful, and I headed back to my base in Frisco to work on my presentations for the week ahead. This was after all only a snatched weekend in the middle of a business trip! After Pikes, Elbert and Lincoln I had made the most of my chance, and I still planned a quick (almost drive-up) ascent of Mount Evans, on my way to the airport in the morning.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2548 ft / 775 m
    Extra Gain:131 ft / 39 m
    Distance:5 mi / 8 km
    Route:over Mount Cameron
    Trailhead:Kite Lake  12000 ft / 3657 m
    Weather:Cool, Windy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:2 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:1 Hours 30 Minutes



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