Mount Bross sits at 14,172 feet tall, and is one of the fourteeners part of what is known as the Decalibron. A hike featuring four (three official) 14,000 foot peaks, Mount Democrat, Mount Cameron, Mount Lincoln, and Mount Bross. This is one of the easier 14ers in terms of distance and elevation gain.
Difficulty – Intermediate
Distance –3.2 miles round trip (5 km)
Height – 14,172 feet (4,319.6 m)
Elevation gain – 2,462 feet (750.4 m)
Duration – 4 to 6 hours (book time)
Seasons – Year-round (caution and experience needed in winter – see below)
Trailhead Location – End of Stevens Gulch Road – 12,030 feet (directions below)
West Slopes | 3.2 Miles Round Trip | 2,462 Feet Elevation Gain
The most direct path up to Mount Bross begins at the right side of the Kite Lake Trailhead. The first .4 miles are relatively flat, and feature stunning views of all of the surrounding mountains. Hikers will ascend to a scree field at the side of the steep slopes of Mount Bross. This point of the hike is a bit more dangerous, as falling and sliding rocks are a possibility, especially with hikers in front. It is steep, and the footing isn’t great. Winter or icy conditions need extreme caution. There is also quite a bit of avalanche risk here.
Other options to Bross would be the entire Decalibron, hiking or hiking with Mount Cameron and Mount Lincoln. You can read about these options by clicking these links.
The summit of Mount Bross is currently closed to public due to private property concerns.
KITE LAKE TO MOUNT BROSS & MOUNT LINCOLN: 7 MILES ROUND TRIP | 2,550 FEET ELEVATION GAIN
This route begins at the same starting location as the above route, and hikers will head up towards Mount Bross first. This trail begins relatively flat before hitting the rock/scree fields below Mount Bross. Quickly, this route gets very steep with lots of loose rock and gravel. Extra caution should be taken on this path due to the trail conditions and loose rock. Once hikers ascend to above the steep grade, the hike over to Mount Lincoln is relatively simple and considered class 1. Hikers are urged to stay on trail due to the dangers of old mines, as well as private property concerns. The summit of Mount Bross is currently considered closed due to private property reasons.
S Gully | 5 Miles Round Trip | 2,462 Feet Elevation Gain
Hikers beginning at Kite Lake Trailhead will ascend the gully on the northwest side of the mountain. This is an Ice Ace and Crampon route for spring season. Only highly experienced individuals for this.
East Slopes Road | 5 Miles Round Trip | 2,900 Feet Elevation Gain
Hikers begin taking the old mining roads on the east side of Mount Bross. Parking at Mineral Park Mine.
Hiking in Winter
Mount Bross is often hiked in winter. Extreme caution should be taken when doing any winter route. The entire Decalibron is done in winter, but accidents do happen. Avalanche risk is here. We recommend looking at full winter routes for these mountains before proceeding.
There are 5 tent sites available at the Kite Lake Campground. It also features toilets, parking at trailhead, and picnic tables. No water is available. The camping fee is $12. Information on camping can be found here. Kite lake is frequently fished.
Directions & Parking
The parking area has a $3 self service pay station. It fills up very quickly due to popularity. You will see cars lined up down the road to hike here.
Current Weather Conditions
Here is a detailed forecast for the next 4 days:
Snow and blowing snow. Cloudy. Low around 7, with temperatures rising to around 15 overnight. Wind chill values as low as -10. West wind 44 to 53 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 3 to 7 inches possible.
Snow and blowing snow before noon, then blowing snow and snow likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 9. Wind chill values as low as -20. West northwest wind 32 to 51 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.
Blowing snow and a chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy. Low around 7, with temperatures rising to around 9 overnight. Wind chill values as low as -17. West northwest wind 31 to 37 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New snow accumulation of around one inch possible.
Blowing snow and a chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 15. Wind chill values as low as -15. West northwest wind 32 to 40 mph, with gusts as high as 44 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.
Areas of blowing snow and a slight chance of snow showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 12. West northwest wind 35 to 38 mph, with gusts as high as 41 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Areas of blowing snow before 7am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 27.
A slight chance of snow showers after midnight. Partly cloudy, with a low around 20. Chance of precipitation is 20%.