Lincoln, Mount (Decalibron Circuit)

elevation: 4,356 m.
height gain: 55 m. (from the Cameron-Lincoln Col)
area: Alma, Colorado, USA
map USGS 1:24,000 Alma,CO
         39106C1
2016-Aug-31


Ref: 14ers.com
mount lincoln


Heading to beautiful Mount Lincoln.
THE CLIMB  -West ridge  class 2

Hike: RT 7.0 (includes Mounts Democrat, Cameron and Bross); 25 minutes up from Cameron. As I hiked down towards Mount Lincoln, I couldn't help but to think this snowy peak would be my favorite of the four. It stood out and appeared to be more abrupt than its neighbours, I guess it was more like the mountains that I'm used to back home in the Canadian Rockies... or maybe, I'm biased because it shares the same name as one of my dogs! I was excited to discover my third objective of the day while the fine weather persisted. The descent from Cameron was quick and I started climbing Mount Lincoln on firm snow. I loved the ascent, the snow added a mountaineering feel even if the climb was really easy and all too short. Just before reaching the top I noticed a lone hiker on the summit of Cameron, turns out that person had bypassed the summit of Democrat to come this way. Once atop the mountain, I dropped my pack again but this time I allowed myself a longer break. The summit was sheltered from the wind and I could feel the warmth of the sun. The view was exquisite all around, it was great to see the summits I had visited this morning and the traverse to Mount Bross, my final objective and easy peasy exit. I also could see Quandary Peak, my first 14er! It was still very early in the day and I really didn't feel in a hurry; I enjoyed some food, took countless pictures including a couple of selfies. Just as I was slowly preparing to leave, the lone hiker showed up at the top. I stayed a while longer to chat with this person that actually knew a mutual friend from Colorado, small world!!! Jena decided to come down the mountain with me but continued her trek back over Mount Cameron as I veered towards Mount Bross. We exchanged goodbyes and continued our separate ways.



cameron-lincoln col

In no time I reach the Cameron-Lincoln Col.

steep snow slope ahead

After a short gradual climb, a steeper snow slope leads to the summit ridge.


nice summit ridge


Nice summit ridge.


nearing the summit


The summit is a just ahead.


looking back


Looking back on the snowy ridge.


benchmark at the top


Mount Lincoln has a benchmark!


north-western view


North-western view with Wheeler Lakes on the left and Quandary Peak, my first 14er.


montgomery reservoir


Montgomery Reservoir to the east.


mount bross


Mount Bross appears to be a mere walk in the park.


selfie


Selfie on Lincoln!


view south-west


View south-west along the previously visited summits.


leaving the summit


Leaving the summit for Mount Bross, the fourth and final objective on this circuit.


backtracking to the col


Backtracking to the col.


Continue on to Mount Bross
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