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:
A chance of snow before 4am, then patchy blowing snow and a slight chance of snow. Cloudy, with a low around -9. Wind chill values as low as -27. West northwest wind 7 to 12 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New snow accumulation of less than half an inch possible.
Areas of blowing snow and a slight chance of snow. Mostly cloudy. High near -3, with temperatures falling to around -10 in the afternoon. Wind chill values as low as -34. Northwest wind 13 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 49 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.
Blowing snow before 5am. Partly cloudy, with a low around -14. Wind chill values as low as -44. Northwest wind 21 to 26 mph, with gusts as high as 43 mph.
Sunny, with a high near 5. Wind chill values as low as -41. Northwest wind 22 to 26 mph, with gusts as high as 41 mph.
Mostly clear, with a low around -4. West wind 18 to 22 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph.
Mostly sunny, with a high near 24.
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 1.