A Triple 14er: Democrat, Cameron, and Lincoln

Monday morning didn’t start too promising, because we woke to rain and lightning. Consulting the weather, we saw that the area where we were going didn’t seem to forecast storms until later, and the radar looked okay, so we decided to try it. Thankfully, the storms moved away.

We took John’s truck to the trailhead (Kite Lake). When we got to the parking area, we could tell this was a popular hike by all the vehicles, tents, and people!

We hit the trail around 7:30 Central. It was a beautiful birthday morning, and we began our climb.

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When we reached the ridge, there were two options: left was Democrat and right went to Cameron and Lincoln, so we went left since Mt. Democrat was our destination. We met a fair number of people and it’s fun to talk to them. Of course, you can tell the really fit ones, because when the path gets harder, some of us quit talking, while those who aren’t struggling can keep talking!

Here is where we went to the left to go to Democrat.
Here is where we went to the left to go to Democrat.

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Even though the next area was a rock field, the path was generally easy to keep to, and if you strayed, you’d easily find the path again. We got to the false summit and could see the real summit–not far! 

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There was even a patch of snow to go through.
There was even a patch of snow to go through.
"Smile, girls!"
“Smile, girls!”

We pressed forward and summited about 9:50 am. Hooray! It’s always a great feeling to reach the top.

Anna taking a selfie after she summited.
Anna taking a selfie after she summited.
Happy birthday!
Happy birthday!

Dad and Mom were a few minutes behind us so as they summited we sang Happy Birthday to Mom. The others already on top seemed to enjoy that, too, and some even joined us.

We took pictures, the younger 4 did 14 burpees, and then John, Anna, Jesse, Mary, and I decided to go for Cameron and Lincoln.

Dad and Mom, on their anniversary and Mom's birthday!
Dad and Mom, on their anniversary and Mom’s birthday!
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Pringles are a Maxwell staple on hikes.
Mary
Mary
Way to go!
Way to go!

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Lots of action on the summit.
Lots of action on the summit.

Dad and Mom would take their time on the summit and make a slower descent on Democrat. So, we “kids” rushed off.

When we reached the trail split off, we continued across the ridge toward Cameron. This was the hardest part of all, with steep, rocky sections.

You can see the path behind Jesse to the left.
You can see the path behind Jesse to the left.

As we continued toward Cameron, the wind became really strong, but the views were incredible! We reached Cameron about 11:22 am. It was the most unique 14er we’d seen yet with a very flat top. We grabbed more pictures, and layered up, as the wind whipped around us.

Mount Cameron!
Mount Cameron!

We started out for Lincoln, and it only took 15 minutes to summit! It was a pretty easy trek. 

You can see the path. We dipped down and then climbed.
You can see the path. We dipped down and then climbed.

There were many people up on the summit, which made getting our group picture super easy. In addition, since this was a loop, we consistently saw people we’d seen along the trek.

Lincoln’s summit was rocky, with jagged drop offs, but enough room for the group. The younger four did 14 burpees to celebrate, much to the cheering of the onlookers.

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Jesse and John
Jesse and John

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Then, we turned our focus to making the descent. We enjoyed chatting and making our way down to meet Dad and Mom.

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Going back to Cameron.
You can see the path. We dipped down and then climbed.
You can see the path. We dipped down and then climbed.

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Dad and Mom down near the trailhead. You can see the false summit behind them.
Someone was very kind to grab our family picture for us after the climb.
Someone was very kind to grab our family picture for us after the climb.

“The LORD reigneth, he is clothed with majesty;
the LORD is clothed with strength, wherewith
he hath girded himself: the world also is stablished,
that it cannot be moved.”
Psalm 93:1

6 thoughts on “A Triple 14er: Democrat, Cameron, and Lincoln”

  1. Wow!! You all are amazing, and I enjoyed seeing some of your climbing journey. 🙂
    Thank you for sharing this with us. Seeing the scenery with all those mountains is another reminder of God’s awesome creation.
    So glad Teri had a special “Colorado birthday”! 🙂
    Love, Mrs. Patti

  2. Awesome! So glad for you all…God’s creation is so incredible!!! And I agree, Pringles would be a great mountain-climbing staple 🙂

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