Mt. Lincoln  
Condition Updates  
Route: Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, Bross
Posted On: 2022-08-03, By: Tallowpot
Info: All routes open. Kite lake CG is beautiful right now. Road to it is not really that bad. Was busy all day. We started from camping overnight at 5am hiking. Finished at 1:45pm. Was my 14yo son and I. Kept a snails pace to ensure we made it so we both knew we could conquer a lot of work. Summit times as follows: Democrat-8:15am Cameron-10:30am Lincoln-11:15am Bross bypass(we did NOT summit) 12:30 pm Democrat was busy, and cold/windy past the false summit on up. Didn't stay more than 3 min. Back to the saddle and up towards Cameron was only about 1/4 as busy. Again, we kept a tortoise pace, so much of the crowd probably had passed us. Cameron was better at the top, but still a bit windy and cool. By the time we hit Lincoln the sky was mostly blue, the sun warmed us and it was that brief period of almost no wind. (We did pass friendly mountain goat Ralph) Long trek over to the Bross bypass where we got close and counted the summit, but neither of us had enough steam even if it was open to the public to climb. Coming down we both made comments that at that point in our energy, anyone who wanted to go up Bross on that trail was crazy lol. Stopped by the waterfall near the end of the trail to enjoy the views, and made it back to the tent early afternoon to sun and warmth (almost too warm!) I was proud we both managed to finish. It's not technical by any means, but a lot of work as any 14er is. 
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Route: Lincoln Amphitheatre
Posted On: 2022-07-03, By: Split_the_FR
Info: Left my car at 6:45 and was immediately greeted by the intimidating approach to the amphitheater. The ascent required some exposed scrambling up small rock shelves and wet dirt. Once up the waterfall , going through the valley required mostly rock hopping. The route is almost fully cleared of snow besides a few small snow fields. No traction is needed. Once I got above the amphitheater, ascending very loose rock and scree, there was a large rockslide in the valley I had just crossed. This slide was adjacent with where I had just been ascending. It was extremely loud and even though the slide was mostly out of sight, there was a cloud of debris and the sound of boulders tumbling down the mountain. If you take this route beware of rockslides as noted in the route description. Once the amphitheater came into view, after the falls - it was very clear that this danger is real here. Photos 3, 4, 8 show the zone the slide occurred in. Got to the summit at 9:05, I hadn't seen anybody until then. The route down was very difficult and the waterfall section was very fun but technical. This route consists of tough route finding and scrambling but is very fun. Would recommend with an emphasis to be aware of the rock slides in the valley. 
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Route: Lincoln Amphitheatre
Posted On: 2022-06-20, By: TheSpaceForce
Info: This route had some fairly wet spots, but is a great, challenging alternative. Some snow near the ridge and summit of Lincoln (Decalibron standard is dry, except for 100 feet on Democrat… we completed a LiCaBroDe route). At the rock glacier, several rocks as large as beach balls are very loose (left ascending/south side). We saw zero other people until the summit of Lincoln. 
Route: Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, Bross
Posted On: 2022-06-01, By: flyzapper
Info: Did the CaLiBron loop on 5/31. Overall lots of snow cover still. The summit of Cameron and below-summit trail of Bross are both bare. The gate is closed ~1 mile and 500 vertical feet below Kite Lake, but the road is completely clear of snow. Ascended to the saddle between Democrat and Cameron at 13,400 and decided to skip Democrat, then continued along the loop. Final summit of Lincoln was fun and provides amazing views. Lincoln summit is snow-free for the final part. Used microspikes the entire way (except the glissade descent). We used the Bross S Gully to descend via glissade with ice axes. Fun and safe way to descend if you know what you are doing and have experience. 
Route: Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, Bross
Posted On: 2022-03-21, By: Eli Watson
Info: Summitted "DeCaLiBro" from winter parking at private property below Kite Lake TH. Parked approx 1.8 mi shy of Kite Lake TH. Some cars were parked right at the sign at the edge of private property. I chose to park a few hundred yards down the hill where there's an obvious pull off area off the road. I wore snowshoes shortly after the gate and was glad to have them on until approx 12,800'. I bobbed and weaved through the Kite Lake bowl and upper Democrat slopes to avoid avy terrain or wind drifts. I'm probably around 200 lbs with gear and pack, and the strong wind gusts out of the NW were not fun. There's a lot wind drifts that make for really variable snow conditions from bulletproof wind hammer to sugar that made for a more frustrating day than expected. Wore spikes from the summit of Democrat all the way back to the car. The Bross "S Gully" is tempting to want to take down, but it doesn't look ready and I wasn't prepared to have to climb out of it if the snow was too sketchy. I honestly think descending Bross with snow is preferable to dry. Saw 7ish other hikers out today. A group of them summited Democrat without snowshoes, but I was glad to have mine on. I could have put them on the road walk out and avoid sinking down a bit, but it would have been more effort than it was worth to switch again. 10.95 mi, 4260', 6:50 Car-to-Car Splits: 5:55 AM Parking 6:25 AM Turn off from Kite Lake TH Rd (0:30) 8:48 AM Democrat Summit (2:23) 10:15 AM Cameron Summit (1:27) 10:40 AM Lincoln Summit (0:25) 11:20 PM Bross Summit (0:40) 12:45 PM Parking (1:25) 
Route: Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, Bross
Posted On: 2022-01-31, By: gmarcotte
Info: We did 3/4 of the Decalibron (the Calibron?), going Bross -> Lincoln -> Cameron and descending from the Democrat/Cameron saddle. We parked 1.5mi from Kite Lake, where the private property starts. There are lots of no parking signs from there to the road closure, as well as some deeper snow and signs of cars getting stuck, so we figured it was best not to risk it. Snowshoes were only helpful in the Kite Lake basin -- on the approach to Bross ridge and the return from the base of Democrat. You could probably do without them, depending on your tolerance for postholing. Microspikes were helpful in numerous places, particularly the Lincoln ridge, the descent to the D-C saddle, and for crossing one angled snowfield between Bross and Cameron (there was about 20 feet of surprisingly hard snow where we managed to kick shallow steps, but would have actually been best handled with crampons). Avy risk on the descent from Democrat seemed minimal. The steep upper slopes are mostly scoured, not enough snow left to slide. The lower snowfields do have a solid 2-3 inch top-layer slab with weak stuff underneath, but the angles are pretty shallow and the snowpack is not very deep yet. 
Route: Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, Bross
Posted On: 2022-01-17, By: ScottLovesRMNP
Info: Easy drive to within 1.5 miles of Kite Lake for any vehicle. Snow isn't very deep on most of the route and avoidable altogether on several substantial stretches. It took me about 7 hours to do the ~ 11 miles. I should've been faster, but the winds were very, very strong and frigid, especially near the summits of Cameron and Lincoln. Many thanks to cbonk11 for the recent and very accurate conditions report for this loop -- conditions are still pretty much the same as of today. 
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Route: Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, Bross
Posted On: 2022-01-16, By: cbonk11
Info: There are some soft spots in the approach, but flotation is not necessary. I found spikes to be helpful, especially on Democrat which contained the most hard-packed snow. There is some hard-packed snow close to the top of Lincoln and below Bross. Tops of Cameron and Bross were dry. 
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Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2021-12-22, By: BillShatner
Info: Road to trailhead dry to the locked gate. Trail is still very easy to follow. Route is about half dry and half packed snow. The snowiest part is the last 500-1000 before the saddle between Cameron and Democrat. Most of the ridge is dry or solidly packed snow. I went without traction, but it definitely would have helped at times, especially on the descent off the saddle. The snow layer is mostly thin and at times icy. Super breezy today. 
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Route: Lincoln Amphitheatre
Posted On: 2021-11-29, By: 123tqb
Info: Used spikes up to the falls and inconsistently on the east ridge, otherwise the route is bone-dry. Windy as always. 
Route: Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, Bross
Posted On: 2021-10-17, By: KevinInFoCo
Info: Did the full loop counter clockwise. Most of the trail is covered with snow, enough that we just left our spikes on the entire time rather than remove them repeatedly. I wouldn't try this without them. Post holing at times, especially at the bottom of the trail leading up to the Dem/Cameron saddle. Not really worth packing snowshoes though IMO. Spectacular bluebird day, hardly any wind. Only encountered about 20 other hikers on the loop. 
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Route: Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, Bross
Posted On: 2021-10-02, By: Troyister
Info: Road to trailhead is good till the sign-in/fee area then it most likely needs a higher clearance vehicle up to the lake. Subaru's can make it to the lake taking it easy. Skiff of snow at the lake at dawn, and gone by the time I returned at noon. Above 13,000 the trails were all snow this morning. Lots of people so the trails are easy to follow. Will get icy in areas in the coming days with melt and freeze. Great morning, cold and sunny once in a while, and NO WIND! 
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Route: Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, Bross
Posted On: 2021-09-11, By: kimbuk2
Info: 7.21 miles RT, hiked counterclockwise with Bross first and finishing with Democrat. First .10 mile was a bit muddy, but rest of trail in summer conditions, dry. Encountered heavy winds on Bross saddle at 7 am ~ but sunny and clear skies after that. Straightforward trail, parking is wild, early start recommended. Gear (women's): Trail runners (La Sportiva Mutants), RAB lightweight tee, Fjallraven Abisko sun hoodie, Fjallraven Abisko trekking tights, Patagonia R1 layer, light gloves, trekking poles, rain jacket. 
Route: Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, Bross
Posted On: 2021-04-10, By: Jennanney82
Info: Completely dry road up to where you park (1.7 miles from TH). Booted it on the road and up Bross and over to Lincoln. Put Spikes on after Cameron heading towards the saddle and used them up and down Democrat. There was no need for snowshoes in my opinion and we did no postholing on the walk out. Very windy day but beautiful and totally worth it. Get after it! And don't forget, it's calendar Spring lol 
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Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2021-04-01, By: Araujo38
Info: Ulyana and I were able to drive to 11,180' on the road to Kite lake on our Jeep Cherokee. Any high clearance 4x4 should have no trouble making it to that spot. Round trip from this spot to the summit of Lincoln and back was just under 10 miles. It was 1.8 miles snowshoeing to Kite Lake. Snow conditions were excellent all day. We broke trail all day but there were only a few spots where we sunk more than 6 inches or so. We used Snowshoes up to 13,600' on Cameron/Lincoln's west ridge and then just hiked the rest of the way in mountaineering boots. The ridge is pretty nicely wind blown above 13,600' so it goes nicely without too much effort. Avalanche danger seemed minimal today on our route. 
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Route: Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, Bross
Posted On: 2021-03-07, By: shapovalovm
Info: The whole Decalibron is pretty well-packet, no snowshoes needed. Used spikes for descent. Bross barely has any snow, so we went down a summer trail. The road is almost dry till about 1.5 away from Kite Lake. 
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Route: Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, Bross
Posted On: 2021-03-04, By: Clint the climber
Info: Did the entire Decalibron Loop + South Bross on Tuesday. Booted the road. Beyond the bathrooms at the summer trailhead, there wasn't much snow. Never used microspikes or floatation although some may find microspikes helpful on Democrat. 12 miles rt. 
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Route: Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, Bross
Posted On: 2021-01-11, By: daway8
Info: Echoing Geo's report and adding pictures: there will never be an easier set of snowflakes than what this hike is at this particular moment - road is open and almost dry 2 miles past the normal winter closure, gets you to within 1.1mi of the summer trailhead. Conditions so mellow it almost doesn't seem fair to count as snowflakes. Went up Bross which is MUCH, MUCH better than going down. Shocked at how little wind there was. Had been -1F at the trailhead when we started at 5:45am but 36F when we finished at 2:03pm (felt more like 86F at that point). NOW is the time to get Decalibron if you want some "easy" winter summits. Almost no avy danger at the moment due to very little snow - the few slightly suspect patches around Democrat are trivial to avoid. 
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Route: Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, Bross
Posted On: 2020-11-27, By: brauda02
Info: Climbed the DeCaLiBron today. The gate is closed, but the road is clear up to Kite Lake. There are pockets of 1-2ft snow drifts throughout the loop. The most snow is on Democrat. I did not use snowshoes or microspikes, and I only took my ice axe out on one firm traverse under Cameron. My friends did the entire loop in trail runners today. Not recommended lol. 
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Route: Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, Bross
Posted On: 2020-10-20, By: pucksandpeaks
Info: Windy whoooooosh! Hiked from 11am - 5:15pm. Hiking on a Monday meant I only encountered three other parties all day (though I started late). Trails were completely dry. The wind blew pretty much all day and was strongest on the summits of Cameron and Bross as well as the ridge from Cameron/Lincoln to Bross. Whoever helped build the rock wind shelter on Bross gets a cookie. 

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