Mount Democrat

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Mt. Democrat is near the higher Mt. Lincoln, and was named by a group who disliked President Lincoln. Climbing Mt. Democrat alone from Kite Lake makes for a great first fourteener, but is usually climbed with Mt. Lincoln and Mt. Bross.

Elevation (feet): 14,148
Elevation (meters): 4,312
Continent: North America
Country: United States
Range/Region: Central Colorado Ranges
State: Colorado
Latitude: 39.3397
Longitude: -106.139
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Nearest major airport: Devner
Convenient Center: Fairplay

Thanks to Kirk Mallory for adding this peak.

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 40 trip reports for Mount Democrat.

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  • Log #20870 - by Peter, Linda & Ben Alexander on July 12, 2007
    We camped at Kite lake, started up around 6 a.m., and after climbing Democrat-Cameron-Lincoln-Bross, made it back to camp around 2:30. The climb is arduous but not difficult; however, the descent...
  • Log #9868 - by Mike Donovan on Sep 26, 2004
    My first fourteener. It had alot of snow but it was a pretty good hike. The surrounding vistas and valleys were awe-inspiring.
  • Log #9869 - by Patrick L. Lilly on Sep 19, 2004
    I left the Kite Lake trailhead at 6:40 MDT with my wife Suzanne, daughter Trisha, and granddaughter Amber. This was a return climb for me, but new stuff the others. (Suzanne had climbed Democrat in...
  • Log #9870 - by Ryan Granruth on Sep 13, 2004
    I could think of ne better way to spend my birthday than to go up a 14er. It was my wife's idea to do Mt. Democrat and it is the best birthday present that I have ever recieved.
  • Log #9871 - by Marc M on Sep 04, 2004
    Democrat was my 6th 14Ker. It was a beautiful day for hiking. There where alot of people on the mountain that day. My initial plan was to camp out at Kite Lake, 12,000 feet.
  • Log #9873 - by Karen on July 22, 2004
    It feels so nice to bag 3.2 (Cameron- hey, it has a name, why not give it a .2?!:-) 14ers in a day:-) I love climbing these things, but having recently moved 4,000 feet in elevation lower to...
  • Log #9874 - by Carl E. Helton on Apr 21, 2004
    Did the Democrat, Lincoln & Bross hike feeling MUCH better that hiking Quandary two days before. Could have asked for better weather!
  • Log #9875 - by Larry Boyd on Sep 29, 2003
    Great hike. Myself and 3 others (Barry Graham, Frank Delalla and John Shafer) began at Kite Lake at 0700. Successfully completed all 4 (yes, I know Cameron doesn't "technically" count, but...
  • Log #9876 - by Kevin and Jenni Baker on Sep 20, 2003
    The Democrat, Lincoln, Bross trifecta is supposed to be one of the easiest multi-14'er traverses, but not on this day. The wind was brutal on an otherwise pleasant day. I parked my car on Kite Lake...
  • Log #9877 - by Deborah Fronsdahl on Sep 12, 2003
    Eighth successful 14er summit for me, third for the year. I had planned to do the four-bagger, but low-lying clouds didn't burn off, morphed into breezy chill of a snowstorm instead, got pelted with...
  • Log #9878 - by Charlie on Sep 10, 2003
    Did the standard triple bagger route from Kite Lake. Except I got off the trail early and ended up scrambling up the scree to Democrat. That wore me out! Started at 8 am and summitted Democrat at...
  • Log #9880 - by Kara Diamond- Husmann on Sep 07, 2003
    Snow, snow, and more snow. This was the first blizzard of the year. We woke up at 2:30 and drove to Kite lake trailhead from Vail. We started climbing democrat at 5:05 am.
  • Log #9881 - by Jordan Clay on Aug 01, 2003
    The route was well worn up Democrat, to Lincoln and to Bross. The descent off Bross is a mess. The trail that appears to head back to Kite Lake peters out to loose rock and scree fields. There needs...
  • Log #9882 - by Anthony Marchese on July 17, 2003
    On July 11, 1999, my buddy Greg Lems and I climbed Mt. Democrat. This was my 4th 14er and, while my brain was telling me that it was an easier climb than the previous 3, my body would not exactly...
  • Log #9883 - by Richard K. Macko on May 16, 2003
    I climbed this peak in a blinding snowstorm with two guys I met at the base near Kite lake. Bob Smith of Colorado and Brad Ogg from the mid-west. Bob Smith lived for hiking having done more tham 200...
  • Log #9884 - by Chip Breighner on Sep 29, 2002
    It was my 1ST snow climb. There was 12 to 18 inches in most places and it made for a real challange to summit. I encountered an eletrical snow storm on the way down. We camped at Kite Lake which made...
  • Log #9885 - by Ruth La Bounty-Breighner on Sep 29, 2002
    Wow, big accomplishment for me! I am not a hiker, but went along for the ride. My husband is a climber and did all 4 (incl. Cameron) today. We camped at Kite Lake with our little pop up, and were...
  • Log #9886 - by Shawn Voigts on Sep 23, 2002
    great views and good weather! Did all three "official" 14ers and Cameron. 14er count is now eight.
  • Log #9888 - by Larry Mergentime on Aug 20, 2002
    We did all four peaks on this day starting with Democrat, then to Cameron, Lincoln, and winding up at Bross. Mt Democrat presented the most challenge of the four. From Kite Lake what starts out as...
  • Log #9889 - by Todd Brubaker on Aug 12, 2002
    Started around 7:45AM with ICE on the streams above the first low saddle, about 35 degrees when I arrived in my vehicle. It was the most gorgeous day as I started, and it didnt ever get cloudy the...
  • Log #9890 - by Justin McAllister on Apr 09, 2002
    Easy Summit, although we had driven all night from Fort Worth, TX and hadn't slept in about 36 hours. A first Fourteener for all. Very enjoyable, although I wouldn't reccomend looking for a 'quicker'...
  • Log #9892 - by Brian Washburn on Mar 10, 2002
    Great day with friend Jerry and his husky (actually his friends' husky-can't remember the friends name. ) Took the route to the north up. Very windy. Proceeded to Cameron, Lincoln and Bross.
  • Log #9899 - by Brian Ward on Jan 25, 2001
    Leave early and be prepared for crowds during the peak season. It was packed all the way up on the trail from Kite Lake. Got chased down the mountain by a ~10:00am thunderstorm after summitting....
  • Log #9906 - by matt kirk on Nov 03, 2000
    Greetings 14er climbers and enthusiasts. I just wanted to let everyone know that there should be a 14ers forum coming soon at If you have the time, please come by and...
  • Log #9900 - by Steven Tree on Sep 22, 2000
    I camped out With my Dad, brother, and 3 close freinds at Kite lake on teh 5th and we woke up early that mornig to climb all four (or three depending on you look at Cameron) summits. We set off at...
  • Log #9901 - by Matt Horton on Aug 18, 2000
    Fairly easy hike, Try to leave as early as you can the summit gets very crowded after about 9:00am. I left at 5:00am and was on the summit by 7:00am. Didn't see a single person until I was heading...
  • Log #9903 - by Miles Heritage on July 16, 2000
    Great Climb The The Banger Hike puts you in the Sky ALL DAY.
  • Log #9907 - by Jon Bradford on July 05, 2000
    made it to the false summit at sunset june 30. turned back because of cold winds and lack of a jacket. summited 7/1/00 along with lincoln and bross.
  • Log #9908 - by Matt Sherman on June 27, 2000
    We did the triple that day starting with Democrat in 6.5 hours. We were from Kite Lake to the summit in two hours. It was a good steep climb but fairly easy. This mountain is a good starter for...
  • Log #9904 - by Andy Rubey on June 15, 2000
    Started below Kite Lake. Climbed Democrat and Cameron. Could have used more water, weather was extremely hot for this time of year even at altitude. Beautiful day, hardly a cloud in the sky.
  • Log #9905 - by BJ Bjorklund on June 12, 2000
    Parked car below Kite Lake a couple miles to gain required 3000 ft altitude. An easy road to Kite Lake then a pretty easy ascent to the summit. Good trails... a walk up.
  • Log #9909 - by Sergey Ushakov on May 23, 2000
    Sorry for mistake - north couloir approach along EAST and north Lincoln slopes, not west...
  • Log #9910 - by Sergey Ushakov on May 23, 2000
    Climbed unusual root - north couloir. My first snow climb (10th 14-er, 11th ascend). Long hike from Montgomery Reservoir all way along Lincoln west and north slopes to the circus dead end, then 700...
  • Log #9911 - by Sean Reed on Apr 16, 2000
    Somewhat of a challenge- short but reasonably steep. Good view from on top. On top we met a guy who drove a golf ball from the summit. Talk about a long drive!!! #7
  • Log #9912 - by Kevin on Feb 26, 2000
    Nice Peak. Did the Triple Peak combo this day. Mt. Democrat was the only one that was challenging, the other 2 (Lincoln and Bross) were easy since we were already above 13000'. Total trip time was 9...
  • Log #9915 - by Pat Strahl & Beth Byrne on Feb 25, 2000
    We camped at Kite Lake so we could get an early start in the morning. The trail was easy to follow with wonderful views. A strom was starting come in while we on Bross. Made it back to the trailhead...
  • Log #9916 - by Steve Bryant on Feb 25, 2000
    Great first 14er. The view is incredible this time of year. For those who have never attepted this climb it is a fairly simple ascent. You have a choice once you reach the saddle at approx.
  • Log #9918 - by Curtis Cozier on July 15, 1999
    My wife and dogs first 14'er. If you take your dog to the mountains.... Please keep them on a leash Have fun and be off by noon!
  • Log #9919 - by Chris Francoeur on June 21, 1999
    Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, Bross - not even fair to call them four separate fourteeners!
  • Log #9920 - by Kirk Mallory on June 08, 1999
    I first climbed Mt. Democrat in 1997 with Mt. Cameron, Mt. Lincoln, and Mt.