Peak(s):  Mt. Bross  -  14,172 feet
Mt. Cameron  -  14,238 feet
Mt. Lincoln  -  14,286 feet
Mt. Democrat  -  14,148 feet
Date Posted:  10/15/2020
Date Climbed:   10/09/2020
Author:  brody31
 Reverse Decalibron Loop   

Sorry if this is not a trip report, but this is what I got.

We arrived to the TH @ 6:30 and there were maybe 10 cars in the parking lot. We paid our $5 parking fee, it’s on the sign most south of the bathrooms, you just pick up an envelope, put your money it, rip off the sheet in front, and put the envelope in a post thing. The plan was to do the reverse Decalibdron loop because my wife didn’t want to fall on her bottom a ton of times coming down Mt. Bross, so instead we went up it, which might not have been the best decision. It’s really steep and at some areas there are small rocks on the trail so when you take a step you slide down as you walk up which might use up more of your energy for the day. It can also be very windy starting with Bross depending on how the wind is flowing if it is, but if it is blowing from the west, then you have no coverage until you get to the top where there is a wall of rocks built and a nice place to rest. Even some logs are placed about to sit on something more comfortable. A log also has Mt. Bross with the height engraven in it which is great for pictures. Unlike many other mountains, the top is flatter and wider. We arrived to the top of Bross @ 9:30

Heading north there is a trail (the green one on the topo map) until it connects with a wider trail used to ATVs it looked like. After leaving Bross we felt like the trail was so much easier since we did most of the accent already. We took the trail that decending a little bit and then when near Mt. Cameron ascended. We continued on the trail past Mt. Cameron till we hit Mt. Lincoln. Arrived on Mt. Lincoln @ 10:30.

We then turned around and took the trail to Mt. Cameron and arrived around @10:50ish. The trail from Mt. Cameron down to the intersection of either going up Democrat or going back down to Kite Lake was a nice descending trail that for us was delightful. I split from my wife because she didn’t want to ascend up to Mt. Democrat. So I took the trail up to Democrat while she took the trail down to Kite Lake. I thought I felt good, but the trail up to Democrat was steeper and harder than I thought it would be. My legs told me they thought the uphill was all over and it took them a while to get going again. I arrived at the top of Democrat @ 12:00. I turned back around and went back the same way I came up. Where the trail breaks for Mt. Cameron or Kite Lake, I went south to Kite Lake. There was one small part when heading back where it was hard to tell where the trail went, because its through a bunch of big rocks (there’s a sign right above the rocks and one below all the rocks, so I just went toward the sign below without really knowing where the trail went. I arrived at the TH @ 1:15 just 10 minutes after my wife got to the TH.

I would say that Going up Bross was pretty hard, but we did it and my wife is a beginner with only Evans under her belt a couple years ago and being out of shape, so it can be done. There is a sign near Kite Lake that labels each trail, so don’t be nervous trying to figure out which one goes where, they are labeled well.

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