Stony Pass (12,592′), San Juan Range

Stony Pass (12,592′), San Juan Range

Stony Pass (12,592′), San Juan Range

Stony Pass Rd crosses the Continental Divide and follows small streams that make up the headwaters of the Rio Grande River. The road was created in 1872 to connect the area’s mining operations in Silverton to the town of Del Norte. The Continental Divide Trail crosses the road at Hunchback Pass (12,493′) on it’s way from Mexico to Canada.

The San Juan Range is home to world class outdoor recreation. American Basin, California & Hurricane Pass, and Mt Sneffels are a few examples of the natural beauty of the area.

 

The road crosses the headwaters of the Rio Grande near Kite Lake.

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GPS Route with Elevation

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Trail Directions

County Road 3 to Stony Pass (heading east) is a well graded and a easy drive to the top in a stock vehicle (in good weather). Once on the east side of the pass, an off-road vehicle is recommended because the road gets progressively more difficult until Kite Lake.

Pole Creek, a water crossing on the east side of the pass, can be very deep in the spring, making it impossible to cross.

 

Trailhead Directions

Mt Democrat (14,148′) , Mt Cameron (14,238′), Mt Lincoln (14,148′), and Mt Bross (14,172), Mosquito Range

Mt Democrat (14,148′) , Mt Cameron (14,238′), Mt Lincoln (14,148′), and Mt Bross (14,172), Mosquito Range

Mt Democrat (14,148′) , Mt Cameron (14,238′), Mt Lincoln (14,148′), and Mt Bross (14,172), Mosquito Range

DeCaliBron” (Mt Democrat, Mt Cameron, Mt Lincoln, Mt Bross) provides an opportunity to summit four 14,000′ peaks in one day. The linkup involves a fairly steep hike up Mt. Democrat, followed by a prolonged walk along several ridges. The technical difficulty on this climb never exceeds class 2, but the amount of time above 13,000 feet is substantial, as is your exposure to weather.

Mt Sherman is the only other 14er that is situated in the Mosquito Range.

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GPS Route with Elevation

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Trail Directions

From the Kite Lake trailhead, cross the creek and head north from the lake. Ascend Mt Democrat first, taking switchbacks to the saddle between Democrat and Cameron. Turn left (west) and scramble to the summit of Mt. Democrat. After enjoying Democrat’s summit, descend back to the saddle. Hike east to the summit of Mt. Cameron, which is not ranked but is usually included as one of the six unranked summits to be included in the 59 list.

From Cameron descend south to the saddle between Cameron and Lincolnon. Lincoln’s summit cap involves a small amount of boulder hopping and is the tallest of the group. Next descend back to the saddle between Lincoln and Cameron and traverse to Cameron’s east side to avoid having to re-climb to the top. Continue around the cirque to Bross. The descent down Bross is very steep, going down a scree filled gully.

Trailhead Directions