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Ascent of Mount Bross on 2012-08-21

Climber: BMS 914

Others in Party:Eric Kassan
Tim Newman
Date:Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Mount Bross
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:14172 ft / 4319 m

Ascent Trip Report

For the description of the previous portion of this hike, please see my trip report on Mount Lincoln.

From the saddle with Mount Lincoln, I was finally warmed up again, and began heading up the trail on another moderate slope amid the packed talus. The main trail here branches off to the right/south, skirting around beneath the summit of Bross. Another trail/rough road bent to the left/east-southeast, to destinations unknown, but also skirting the summit. A use trail headed between the two established trails, heading right up the spine of the ridge toward the summit, which I took.

The summit is fairly uneventful, just the highest point of a long, flat area, with a semi-circular wind shelter ring, and a register (no sign this time I guess). After a couple of minutes, I decided to head across the flat area for about 0.2 miles to the south to see what else could be seen from there, which turned out to be decent views to the south and east.

I backtracked from there almost back to the summit, but veered to the west as I got close and dropped off the western side of the summit, eventually striking a use trail that started not far from where the official trail ended. There was a sign here warning about trespassing on private property and staying on the trail, but no trail leads up to the nearby summit.

From here, the use trail began to descend back down toward Kite Lake, and got pretty steep in places and was covered with a mix of loose scree and dirt that made for some entertaining talus skiing. One lady I passed obviously lacked experience on this kind of terrain and fell on her rump repeatedly, her male companion who had advanced further down the slope apparently not concerned too much with her struggles. When I passed him he asked if I had seen her and gave a description, and I told him she was falling down the slope as best she could manage.

After leaving a drainage, the trail firmed up, and eventually lead down to meadows surrounding the lake, with lots of flowers and little animals (pika) scurrying around. I made it back to the trailhead several hours ahead of Eric and Tim, and fortunately, I had access to the Xterra. So I took down my tent and packed up, shot some photos with my big DSLR camera, packed away Tim's tent and stuff when some clouds rolled in that looked like they might bring rain (they didn't.) The clouds cleared away, and I even took my shirt off and caught some rays. Eventually, Eric and Tim arrived and we headed off to find a campsite for the night.

This was a great workout hike, and I felt awesome and had fun.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:328 ft / 99 m
    Elevation Loss:2184 ft / 665 m
    Distance:2.7 mi / 4.3 km
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Gear Used:
Tent Camp
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Clear sunny day
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:294 ft / 89 m
    Extra Loss:11 ft / 3 m
    Distance:0.7 mi / 1.1 km
    Route:Decalibron Trail
    Trailhead:Saddle w/Lincoln  13889 ft / 4233 m
    Time Up:17 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:2173 ft / 662 m
    Extra Gain:34 ft / 10 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:Decalibron Trail
    Trailhead:Kite Lake trailhead  12033 ft / 3667 m
    Time Down:57 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Decalibron# (1 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDate
1Mount Democrat2012-08-21 a
2Mount Cameron2012-08-21 b
3Mount Lincoln2012-08-21 c
4Mount Bross2012-08-21 d
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