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Trail

1.9 mile 3.1 kilometer point to point
Singletrack
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 2,113' 644 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 14,142' 4,310 m
Low: 12,029' 3,666 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 21% (12°)
Max Grade: 72% (36°)

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Trail shared by Tyler Prince

This moderate trail provides access to 14er Mt. Democrat and the DeCaliBron linkup.

Tyler Prince

Features Lake · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

The land manager requests dogs be leashed. You'll see many dogs and few leashes.

Description

Starting at the Kite Lake parking lot, cross a small stream network on some rocks. Angle left and continue up a slight incline on an excellent dirt trail. After about half a mile, the grade begins to kick up as the trail gets rockier and turns around some switchbacks. Once coming up the first headwall, the trail straightens out but remains rocky. After a few more switchbacks, reach the Democrat-Cameron Saddle at 13,400 ft. There is an abandoned mine shaft to the left, right at the saddle.

Turn left here to continue to the Mt. Democrat summit. From here the trail is steep and rocky, but remains along the ridge and is easy to follow. Reach a plateau around 13,900 ft and walk about 100 yds before coming to the summit block. Continue about 200 vertical ft along some switchbacks to reach the summit. NOTE: at 13,600 ft there is a clear trail angling left before reaching the plateau mentioned above. This provides a less direct but more gradual alternative to the direct walk up the ridge, which is more popular with faster hikers or if any snow is present.

From here, descend back to Kite Lake or continue along to the DeCaliBron linkup via the Democrat-Lincoln Trail.

Flora & Fauna

Starting above treeline, you'll see some wildflowers and willows down low, and pika and marmots up high. Despite its proximity to Quandary Peak with its friendly mountain goats, you won't see many here.

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Aug 19, 2018
Leah Rawdon
2.9mi — 2h 46m
Aug 18, 2018
Leah Rawdon
1.8mi — 1h 43m
Aug 17, 2018
Robin In Denver
I went to Mt. Cameron peak that is on the way to Lincoln. Less switchbacks than Democrat so it’s quicker. Spectacular views!
Aug 4, 2018
Sydney Draper
1.9mi
Jul 31, 2018
Heather Smallpage
Jul 28, 2018
Tim Lawler
Jul 22, 2018
Hannah Sellnow
Tried to do Decalibron but had to stop after Democrat due to storms. Next time start on Bross side.
Jul 14, 2018
Tucker Atwood
busy hike because of Mt. Cameron Awareness weekend 1.9mi

Trail Ratings

  4.5 from 8 votes

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in Park County

#4330

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#2

in Park County

#309

in Colorado

#4,330

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