Ascent of Mount Democrat on 2007-10-12

Climber: David Foster

Date:Friday, October 12, 2007
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Democrat
    Elevation:14148 ft / 4312 m

Ascent Trip Report

Did the loop of 4 14er summits, starting and ending at Kite Lake.

The Buckskin Creek road was gravel, in pretty good shape, able to drive 20-25mph. Clear parking area with picnic tables and an outhouse at TH. $3 fee for parking.

Began with a road, then steep but well cleared trail to Democrat, Cameron Saddle at 13400. From here, there was 15 minutes of boulder hopping, then steep trail to near the summit, where trail flattened considerably. Lots of signs for trail closures for "restoration". Looks like one of these would have avoided the boulder hop, and may have been the trail as shown on usgs Topo maps.

Back to the saddle, dropping off to the south slightly, found a very good trail all the way to Cameron. The Cameron bypass was closed, so the remaining trail went nearly over the summit. Very flat, but actually summit mabye 50yds West. No marker nor registry.

Nice trail continued West towards Lincoln. Small patch of new? snow drifted in, enough to ski a few turns. Saddle between Cameron and Lincoln flat and smooth, very easy walking. Last few 100 yds to summit of Lincoln were good trail but fairly steep.

Back to just West of the Snowfield on Cameron, trail intersection for Bross. Another wide saddle on the way to Bross. About in the middle, there was a new sign saying "no public access to Mt. Bross". I assumed this was purely a maintanence issue. Found the remaining "trail" to actually be a road, very easy walking.

Descent from Bross was trickier. Quite steep, lots of alternate trails braiding every which way (most being newly signed as closed). Small rocks and gravel often rolled putting me on my butt. Poles were essential.

GPS track showed the entire route to be nearly identical to that available on Weather was beautiful, mostly clear. Occasion 5 minute bursts of a cold wind, then very calm. A perfect day for hiking. Met a 3 some from Breckenridge, SF, Dallas and a couple from North Carolina.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2148 ft / 654 m
    Total Elevation Loss:788 ft / 240 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.5 mi / 4 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2148 ft / 654 m
    Distance:1.9 mi / 3.1 km
    Start Trailhead:Kite Lake Trailhead  12000 ft / 3657 m
    Time:1 Hours 40 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:788 ft / 240 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 0.9 km
    End Trailhead:Democrat-Cameron Saddle  13360 ft / 4072 m
    Time:35 Minutes

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