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Mosquito Quad - Mt Decalibro

Decalibro Hike

DISTANCE: Approximately 12.5 Miles Roundtrip (due to road closure)

SKILL LEVEL: MODERATE TO STRENUOUS (Not for Beginners!)

ELEVATION: 12,000' – 14,286' (3,700’ Elevation Gain)

ALL MEMBERS MUST JOIN THE WAIT LIST TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS HIKE... Members will be added based on my own and/or the groups past hiking experience with members and other factors. RSVP and no-show history will be considered as well. If you do not make it on the attending list for this hike, we will see you on the next one! :)

THE PLAN:

This will be a single day, loop hike covering 4 different 14ers in the Mosquito Pass Mountain Range. There is a fee to park at the trailhead/campsite, but there is an area before the campsite that is free to park. We will hike from the Kite Lake trailhead to Mount Democrat to Mount Cameron to Mount Lincoln to Mount Bross then back to the trailhead. For those of us who bring sleds, we will take the "S" Gully and shave probably an hour off our hike. The hike will take approximately 10-11 hours and then we will eat dinner at Breckenridge Brewery and Pub.

CARPOOL: 6:00 is the carpool time, NOT the trailhead time!

For those interested in carpooling from Denver, I suggest meeting at the Wooly Mammoth Park-n-Ride (Section BB, across from the Conoco) in Morrison at 5:50 and leaving no later than 6:00. I will not be at the carpool location, but will meet attendees at the trailhead. For those planning on meeting at the trailhead we will leave no later than 8:00 (yes, it is about a 2 hour drive without traffic).

DIRECTIONS:

Kite Lake Trailhead (GPS Coordinates:[masked],[masked]) is located south of Breckenridge, CO. From I-70, take exit #203 and head south on CO-9 for 27 miles, then take a right on Co Rd 8. Take Co Rd 8 all the way to Kite Lake Trailhead.

TRAIL RESTRICTIONS:

Dogs Allowed: Yes, but must be leashed at all times (no exceptions)!

TRAIL DESCRIPTION:

Depending on snow conditions, we may have an extra 2.5 miles (5 mi RT) of hiking to the trail head. Starting from Kite Lake, the first ascent to Democrat is a rough 2 miles with a 2,150’ climb up to 14,148’. The next part of the loop is a smoother 2 miles to Cameron, then continuing on to Lincoln; all while staying up around 13,500’-14,000’ with a little class 2 scrambling near Lincoln. Then another smooth 1.5 mile hike to Bross. Unfortunately the summit to Bross is still closed due to issues in land rights with nearby private landowners, but we can still walk the loop back. Then the remaining 1.5 miles is the descent back to Kite Lake, which has some class 2 scrambles. Or else, we can take the “S” Gulch Snow trail back (2.2 miles, game- time decision)… Then beer.

EXTRAS:

Should bring emergency headlamp, snowshoes, micro spikes, hiking poles, extra warm gloves & clothing, face mask, and goggles. I highly recommend hand and toe warmers for the winter months. Also, bring extra water and plan for what to do in case your Camel back water tube freezes. Don't forget food and snacks. I highly recommend bringing a GPS, even if you know some members of the group are already bringing theirs. Do yourself a favor and avoid walking 10 miles out of your way waist deep in snow.

Note: Although it is not as long as some of our difficult hikes and is smooth in areas, this hike has some very rough terrain which will drain your energy very quickly. Also, this is probably the coldest part of the state and we will be up around 13,500'-14,000' for a long time. Expect wind speeds up to 50 mph. Pack accordingly.

By signing up for this hike you acknowledge that you are solely responsible for your own safety and will do the necessary research to understand the conditions of this hike and the gear you will require.

APRES HIKE:

Breckenridge Brewery and Pub

600 S Main St, Breckenridge, CO

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Great people, great hike. Looking forward to more hikes with this group.

    1 · March 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Really fun group, challenging hike, great times sledding! Loved it :)

    1 · March 30, 2013

  • Krista

    Great hike even though we did not accomplish the four peaks...Had a great time, met some new people and had a blast sledding down the mountain!! :)

    March 30, 2013

  • Krista

    My sled was just delivered....it is so cute... hope it holds up!! LOL

    March 27, 2013

    • Adrienne R.

      Sled!!!?>

      March 28, 2013

    • Matt H.

      I ran across some roll up sleds while I was at sports authority today. If anyone was still looking for some

      March 29, 2013

  • Krista

    Hey everyone..I won't be at the carpool location and as far I know Matt, Nicolas, Mark, Brent & Adrienne will not be either.. If I am incorrect please correct me, but that will leave Steven, Alex and Richard going to the carpool. Just didn't want you guys waiting for us if we weren't showing up there. See everyone in the morning!! :)

    March 29, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sounds right. Krista, do you mind calling me?[masked]? Thanks!

      March 29, 2013

  • Brent

    Anyone interested in carpooling from C470 & I-25 area?

    March 25, 2013

    • Brent

      Why yes, I think u know how 2 reach me directly 2 coordinate more details.

      March 29, 2013

    • Brent

      MaRk & I will c the rest of u guys @ the Trailhead

      March 29, 2013

  • Matt H.

    Ok then, getting to the trailhead from Alma i believe you turn onto Buckskin Rd. There should be small wooden signs that say " Kite Lake --> ". There are people living on that road, so it is plowed (for the most part) up until a little ways past the Hobbit House (you'll know it when you see it). There is a small parking area on the left before they stop plowing (probly enough for 5 cars).

    Use the GPS coordinates I provided for your navigation if you can (it is easiest)

    See you all bright and early tomorrow!

    March 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will anyone be driving from/through the downtown Denver area? Don't have a car at the moment and would really appreciate a ride. Can chip in for gas, too. Let me know!

    March 24, 2013

    • Adrienne R.

      I'll be driving from Cap Hill area too[masked]

      March 28, 2013

    • Adrienne R.

      I will not be meeting at Dino lots. I'm staying in Summit Friday night, meeting at trailhead in the morning.

      March 29, 2013

  • Adrienne R.

    I will be meeting at the trailhead Sat. morning, crashing in Frisco Friday night.

    March 28, 2013

  • Richard B.

    I'll be meeting at Wooly Mammoth PnR.

    March 28, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I will as well. I can drive if anyone wants to chip in for gas :) Only thing is my car doesn't have 4wd or high clearance, so I doubt I'll make it far up the road to Kite lake if it is snowy.

      March 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have to back out :( Such a bummer...was really looking forward to this :(

    March 25, 2013

  • Jason

    That damn thing we call a job is calling on me..... sad:-(

    March 25, 2013

  • Krista

    Nicolas...buy a cheap rollup sled if you can!! Jen and I ordered ours yesterday from amazon and the expected delivery was for Thursday!

    March 25, 2013

  • Matt H.

    If anybody wants to sled down the "S" Gulch snow trail, it would probably shorten the hike from 30 mins to 1 hour. Plus, ya know, it's super fun too ;) . I will be bringing mine.

    Here is a link to some lightweight roll up sleds on amazon if you want to take a look.

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/s/ref=is_s_ss_i_0_9?ie=UTF8&k=roll+up+sled&i=sporting&n=3417661&sprefix=Roll+up+s&page=1&ao=7

    1 · March 24, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Boom! purchased :)

      March 24, 2013

    • Krista

      Just bought mine! Matt... it looks like you are going to have company this time sledding down...LOL

      March 24, 2013

  • Matt H.

    I drove the road up to the road up to the trail a few weeks ago on the way back from a work trip. The snow drift I heard about was there and I don't expect it to be gone by our scheduled hike, so it looks like we will most likely have[masked] extra miles of hiking to the trailhead.

    March 20, 2013

    • Krista

      Nothing we haven't done before, right?!? :)

      1 · March 21, 2013

  • Brent

    Anyone on this trip done this hike before, know the way?

    March 19, 2013

    • Ed W.

      The trails are well-traveled and well-marked--it's not hard to figure out where to go.

      March 19, 2013

    • Matt H.

      I was out there a few weeks ago and there was evidence of the road being walked in snowshoes; even in the midst of fresh snow.

      March 20, 2013

  • Sam

    Something came up.

    March 18, 2013

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