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Decalibron Loop

Hike four epic Colorado mountains at once

Decalibron Loop in Colorado 2020 - Best Time
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Michael Mangin

The Decalibron got its peculiar name since it covers four Colorado's 14ers: Mt. Democrat, Mt. Lincoln, Mt. Cameron, and Mt. Bross. Most of the hike is above the elevation of 13,500 ft (4,114 m), however other than that, the trail is not too difficult and incredibly scenic. The 7.5-mi (12-km) loop is located near Alma, Colorado, and even features a lake. The best season to go up there is from May until October.

Mt Democrat in July 2020
Mt Democrat in July

The hike begins at the Kite Lake trail head, which also features a camping site. First, hikers should conquer Democrat's east slope, then the trail goes down to the saddle between Democrat and Cameron. It continues up the west side of Cameron. After Cameron-Lincoln saddle, it goes up to a rocky, yet small summit called "Lincoln" . From Mt. Bross summit hikers take a steep trail down to the Kite Lake trail head. The whole trail can be completed in 3-4 hours.

Mt. Cameron from Mt. Lincoln 2020
Mt. Cameron from Mt. Lincoln

No matter when you decide to hike Decalibron Loop make sure to take some warm clothes for the evenings as it gets rather cold at high elevations.

Mt Bross 2020
Mt Bross
Mt Bross 2020
Mt Bross