Hike Mounts Democrat, Lincoln, Cameron and Bross

Kite Lake Trailhead, Leadville, Colorado, United States

  • Activities:

    Photography, Hiking, Rock Climbing

  • Skill Level:

    Intermediate

  • Season:

    Summer, Autumn

  • Trail Type:

    Loop

  • RT Distance:

    8 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    3500 Feet

Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Lake
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildflowers

Bag four 14,000 + peaks in one eight mile hike!

Find your way to the Kite Lake trailhead near Alma, Colorado. The road up to the trailhead is suitable for most vehicals, if you have a low clearance vehical I would advise parking about a half a mile from the trailhead. 

This hike is best described by the word WOW. 

You'll find yourself immediately starting to climb after passing Kite Lake, the entire hike you will be above tree level taking in sights you've never seen before.

Democrat Mountain, has the most gain out of the four peaks and is recommend to do first, after in which you'll climb over to Cameron and Lincoln, hiking out another leg to Bross. After hiking Bross you'll make your way back down the trail the way you came - resulting in a loop. Also this hike is dog friendly!

Something to know, you will not find yourself alone on this hike. I would start as early as possible, and on a weekday if you can. If you show up on a Saturday morning at 7:30 am, you will be in a line of people on the trail the whole way. That being said - still worth your while.

To peep all the photos from this adventure, see here


Pack List

  • Backpack
  • Proper hiking shoes
  • Lots of water, 2-3 liters
  • Camera
  • Warm Jacket, yes - even in August at 8am it can be 40 degrees
  • Rain Jacket
  • Lunch
  • Smiles 
  • Friends
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The uphill and the views on this climb are pretty awesome. Democrat was a fantastic way to start and Lincoln is amazing as well. I'm not a huge fan of Bross (views or the downhill). Wanted to suggest if you do make it over to Bross that you back track to get down. The way down from Bross is a steep slippery scree section that almost ruined the entire hike for me.

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