Mount Lincoln

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Mount Lincoln is the highest peak in the Mosquito Range, and is Colorado's 8th highest peak. It is usually climbed from Kite Lake with Mt. Democrat and Mt. Bross, but can also be climbed from the east via Quartzville Creek.

Elevation (feet): 14,286
Elevation (meters): 4,354
Continent: North America
Country: United States
Range/Region: Central Colorado Ranges
State: Colorado
Latitude: 39.3514
Longitude: -106.111
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Nearest major airport: Denver
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 42 trip reports for Mount Lincoln.

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  • Log #21533 - by Lucas Rocksvold on Dec 06, 2008
    left from east side early. windy walk. travel and I marched hard. no waste of time.
  • Log #21107 - by Matt Loscalzo on Dec 05, 2007
    Rode my mountain bike up Bross and accessed Lincoln via the connecting ridge. Great ride, beautiful day, long sweet ride down.
  • Log #20873 - 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 #20573 - by greg Gooch on Jan 02, 2007
    the first climb of my tour. the second peak after bross earlier. got me hooked on 14ers.
  • Log #9926 - by Patrick L. Lilly on Sep 19, 2004
    After climbing Mt. Democrat (see separate entry for Democrat), it took me and daughter Trisha 58 minutes to reach the summit of Cameron Point. There, we got a cell phone call from the other half of...
  • Log #9927 - by Mike McElhaney on Sep 14, 2004
    Hoped for clear weather, the day before was beautiful, but had nothing but snow, sleet and driving winds on all three summits. Didn't even take any pictures from Bross, just some food then down. The...
  • Log #9928 - by Marc M on Sep 04, 2004
    With 80-90 mph winds this was the hardest 14ker to hike. During my brief 5 minutes on the summit I was holding on for dear life. If you have AOL you can look at my pictures in my profile.
  • Log #9929 - by Gary Sinclair on Aug 27, 2004
    We ascended from the Quartzville Creek trailhead. Certainly not a demanding climb except that the wind gusts had to be 40-50 MPH from 13000' up. We were almost blown off the summit and really got...
  • Log #9930 - by joseph Caulkins on Aug 23, 2004
    Climbed along with Bross and Democrat. Really windy on the ridges and was snowed on 4 times and a little lightening thrown in for drama.
  • Log #9931 - by Dan Wiedrich on Aug 12, 2004
    It took about 5 1/2 hours to climb the 3 14ers in this area from just below Kite Lake. Democrat, Lincoln and Bross are on the easy end of the Colorado 14ers.
  • Log #9932 - by Karen on July 25, 2004
    "After the initial climb up Democrat, my lung capacity (altitude adjustment) & the ATP in my muscles were finally finding their rhythm- this was a great hike & great view as always!:-)
  • Log #9933 - by Harry Lovely on June 27, 2004
    I used to work at the Russia Mine in the summer of 1981, but never actually climbed Mt. Lincoln. My first time back so I took my 2 kids (Matthew (11) and Danielle (13)) along with one of Danielle's...
  • Log #9934 - by Carl E. Helton on Apr 21, 2004
    Did the Democrat, Lincoln & Bross hike feeling MUCH better than hiking Quandary two days before. Could have asked for better weather!
  • Log #9935 - 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 #9936 - by Keegan Parker on Sep 15, 2003
    Long hike! we summited Lincoln Democrat Bross and Cameron. We had to do a bit of scrambling on the top of democrat but otherwise the hike was easy.
  • Log #9937 - by Chris Coombs on Sep 12, 2003
    The walk over to Lincoln was much more scenic than the hike up to Bross. It was very easy and after a half hour of walking I was at the summit. I talked with the people up at the summit and took in...
  • Log #9938 - by Charles W. Miller Ph.D. on Aug 04, 2003
    I had written of this Mt. in my books on mining history. Mines stoood close to the top. But at least one reviewer did not believe me! Even though mines are clearly shown on USGS topos.
  • Log #9939 - by Tom Crosman on July 13, 2003
    Left home in Denver at 4:00 AM. Sumitted Lincoln, Democrat, Bross and was back home by 2:00 PM. I was in shape then. Wish I could approximate that now.
  • Log #9940 - by Richard K. Macko on May 16, 2003
    Hiked this peak in a blinding snowstorm with gale force winds by myself after having done Mt. Democrat with Bob Smith, of Colorado and his friend Brad Ogg. Met them both early in the morning at Kite...
  • Log #9941 - by Shawn Voigts on Sep 23, 2002
    Did Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, and Bross as a warm up for Long's peak. Unfortunately, the weather prevented us from trying Long's later in the week.
  • Log #9943 - 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. Lincoln is definitely the most interesting and beautiful of the lot. This is an easy walk...
  • Log #9945 - by Jim Thistel on July 23, 2002
    Easy to get lost on boulder fields close to summit. Winter ascent dangerous because of remoteness of peak. Few people up there in winter.
  • Log #9946 - by Aaron Batte on June 12, 2002
    From the Quartzville Creek trailhead headed up Lincoln. Skirted below the cliff band Southeast of Lincoln and came up on the east shoulder. Lots of snow from a storm earlier in the week (ice axe came...
  • Log #9947 - by Mohamed Ellozy on Apr 26, 2002
    First attempt, from Kite Lake, unsuccessful, we were driven off the ridge (before Cameron) by a storm. Next day we came back and hiked it from Quartzville Creek.
  • Log #9948 - by Donald W. McCulloch on Mar 20, 2002
    Cameron, Lincoln and Bross. This was my first official 14er, since Cameron doesn't count. For an enjoyable hike, wear proper footwear. Boots with a thick heavy 'tire-like' tread make walking on rocks...
  • Log #9949 - by Jim Lombard on Jan 04, 2002
    Summit made with the Appalachian Mountain club. My highest peak to date. Thought it was a fairly easy ascent compared with other 14ers done.
  • Log #9951 - by Brian Ward on Sep 25, 2001
    Left Kite Lake trailhead at 6:45 and summitted Lincoln (after Cameron) at around 10. The toughest part was the first mile to the saddle, I think because I was still acclimating to the 12,000+...
  • Log #9952 - by Dan Stewart on Aug 28, 2001
    I left the Kite Lake trailhead at 06:00 a.m. and headed towards the saddle between Democrat and Cameron on the way to a Cameron-Lincoln-Bross loop. The trail to the saddle is kinda' difficult to...
  • Log #9953 - by Marc Theberge on July 21, 2001
    Summitted at about 1100 am, after climbing Democrat and Cameron on the way, great weather and quite a few other climbers on the trail.
  • Log #9954 - by mike hagan on June 01, 2001
    Early spring was a great time to bag this peak. But beware of the wind. Begged off climbing Lincoln after bagging Bross at the same time last year because of high winds. Same high winds this year,...
  • Log #9955 - by Steven Tree on Sep 22, 2000
    Climb Democrat, lincoln and Bross. (And cameron if you want to )
  • Log #9959 - by Sherry Dames on Aug 11, 2000
    #3 - Climbed both Bross and Lincoln. Great day! The sky was magnificient.
  • Log #9957 - by Miles Heritage on July 16, 2000
    Great Climb. Best summit of the threesome. BSA was on the summit for mirrors across America. They were flashing mirrors between 14,000 foot peaks.
  • Log #9960 - by Jon Bradford on July 05, 2000
    fourteener number 4. climbed democrat and bross on same day.
  • Log #9961 - by Matt Sherman on June 27, 2000
    We did the triple that day in 6.5 hours with casual time spent on each peak except Lincoln because there was a big dark cloud above it. So we ran to the top, took the picture and ran back down to the...
  • Log #9958 - by BJ Bjorklund on June 12, 2000
    Probably the most fun of the 3 14ers to climb that day. Was a bit tired after doing Democrat first, then the descent to the saddle between Democrat and Cameron/Lincoln followed by a good climb to the...
  • Log #9963 - by Sean Reed on Apr 16, 2000
    Great hike for getting three 14ers in one day. Not bad at all. #8
  • Log #9964 - 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 #9965 - by Craig Ayler on Feb 17, 2000
    I climbed all four 14'ers on one fine day in August 1977. Getting to the top of Mt. Lincoln was like grabbing "The Brass Ring". After 20 years, it's nice to know that I still have what it...
  • Log #9966 - by Charles Mullen III on Feb 17, 2000
    Great climb from Kite lake and a beautiful view of Quandry from the summit. There was a rock full of small garnets just off the trail about half way up. It was much too heavy to try and bring back...
  • Log #9967 - by David Hatchet Dyer on Feb 13, 2000
    My first 14er. On clear days, a great view of the Sawatch Range to the west.
  • Log #9970 - by Kirk Mallory on June 08, 1999
    I first climbed Mt. Lincoln with Mt. Democrat, Mt. Cameron, and Mt.