Ascent of Mount Democrat on 2012-08-21

Climber: BMS 914

Others in Party:Eric Kassan -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Tim Newman
Date:Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Mount Democrat
    Elevation:14148 ft / 4312 m

Ascent Trip Report

So 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
    Total Elevation Gain:2117 ft / 644 m
    Total Elevation Loss:726 ft / 220 m
    Round-Trip 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
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2116 ft / 644 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2115 ft / 645 m; Extra: 1 ft / 0m
    Loss on way in:1 ft / 0 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:Decalibron Trail
    Start Trailhead:Kite Lake trailhead  12033 ft / 3667 m
    Time:1 Hours 18 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:725 ft / 220 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 724 ft / 221 m; Extra: 1 ft / 0m
    Gain on way out:1 ft / 0 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route:Decalibron Trail
    End Trailhead:Saddle w/Cameron  13424 ft / 4091 m
    Time:26 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Decalibron# (1 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Democrat2012-08-21 a2117 ft / 645 m
2Mount Cameron2012-08-21 b818 ft / 249 m
3Mount Lincoln2012-08-21 c227 ft / 69 m
4Mount Bross2012-08-21 d328 ft / 100 m
Total Trip Gain: 3490 ft / 1063 m    Total Trip Loss: 3490 ft / 1063 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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