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Mt. Bross Trail

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 2.6 (5)

A steep, rocky, arduous trail down from DeCaliBron.


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Map Key

1.6

Miles

2.5

KM

Point to Point

13,996' 4,266 m

High

12,025' 3,665 m

Low

0' 0 m

Up

1,971' 601 m

Down

24%

Avg Grade (14°)

55%

Max Grade (29°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Lake · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Mt. Bross is on private property, so it cannot be legally summited. This author will not express his views, but will inform readers that some areas of this hike are excellent for trail running. This trail is entirely legal as it is mapped here - the summit is technically off limits.

The land manager requires leashes for all dogs. You'll see many dogs and few leashes.

Description

The descent from Bross is steep and unpleasant. Head left down the summit towards Kite Lake. Walk along dirt trails covered with loose talus. As the grade gets steeper, you'll begin to hike parallel to a drainage on your left. Eventually, the switchbacks will become more gradual as you approach Kite Lake. Once you're finished, you can relish the fact that you just summited four 14ers in a single day!

To those using this trail in the other direction: what are you doing? Mt. Bross is the worst 14er of DeCaliBron. Either do them all or just do Mt. Democrat East Slopes!

Flora & Fauna

Up high, there's not much other than rocks, marmots, and pikas. As you approach Kite Lake, however, things get scenic again, with wildflowers and a nice lake near the parking lot.

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Tyler Prince

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  2.6 from 5 votes

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in Park County

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Photos

Beginning the descent from Bross with a nice view of Democrat in the background. The descent is nice and firm near the top, only becoming loose granite gravel toward the bottom.
Jul 17, 2017 near Fairplay, CO
Down we go
Mar 4, 2015 near Fairplay, CO
GYGO! Colorado Fourteener Style
Mar 4, 2015 near Fairplay, CO
View of the trail up to Mount Democrat. Kite Lake Trailhead, 12,040'. September 3, 2019. That highest looking peak is the false summit.
Sep 19, 2019 near Copper…, CO
Stream to Kite Lake
Mar 4, 2015 near Fairplay, CO
Mt Bross summit
Mar 3, 2015 near Fairplay, CO

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