Ascent of Mount Democrat on 2012-08-21
|Others in Party:||Eric Kassan|
|Date:||Tuesday, August 21, 2012|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||4x4 Vehicle|
| Elevation:||14148 ft / 4312 m|
Ascent Trip ReportSo for our first 14ers on Eric's 2012 Colorado trip, we chose the combo of Democrat-Cameron-Lincoln-Bross, known by hikers locally as "Decalibron" (not sure why it has an "n" at the end, go figure.)
We drove up a bumpy dirt road (some guy got his late model Nissan Sentra up there, so I guess it can be done in a standard car) to Kite Lake, and set up our tents then made dinner. It was cold and damp up there, but it had decent developed campsites and the usual pit toilet setup. It looked like it might rain. But while chilly and breezy, it fortunately stayed dry.
The next morning we began our hike around the east side of the lake on the nice trail amid a large number of others who had either camped out or arrived early to take on Decalibron. After passing a lake, the trail starts up the side of a cirque, gets steeper, and begins switchbacking its way up to a saddle. I was feeling great and felt like pushing myself physically, so I parted from Eric and Tim and started hammering up the trail, passing seemingly everyone in sight. I was one fire, and really enjoying the exertion. The summit was a typical rocky bump, with a little sign with the peak name someone had made and left for others to hold up during summit shots. I am pretty sure that anyone in Colorado who wants to hike a 14er and do so as easily as possible heads to Decalibron, or at least has it on a short list.
I quickly signed the register, took a few photos and ate a gel, then began hiking down the trail toward the saddle again. At the saddle, another trail joins here heading northeast and up the hill to Mount Cameron.
For the next part of the hike, please see my trip report for Mount Cameron.
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||2117 ft / 645 m|
| Elevation Loss:||726 ft / 221 m|
| Distance:||2.6 mi / 4.2 km|
| Grade/Class:||Class 1|
| Quality:||3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail|
| Gear Used:||Tent Camp|
| Weather:||Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy|
Cool and partly sunny
| Elevation Gain:||2116 ft / 645 m|
| Extra Loss:||1 ft / 0 m|
| Distance:||2 mi / 3.2 km|
| Route:||Decalibron Trail|
| Trailhead:||Kite Lake trailhead 12033 ft / 3667 m|
| Time Up:||1 Hours 18 Minutes|
| Elevation Loss:||725 ft / 221 m|
| Extra Gain:||1 ft / 0 m|
| Distance:||0.6 mi / 1 km|
| Route:||Decalibron Trail|
| Trailhead:||Saddle w/Cameron 13424 ft / 4091 m|
| Time Down:||26 Minutes|
|Ascent Part of Trip: Decalibron# (1 nights total away from roads)|
Complete Trip Sequence:
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