Mount Bross (14,172 feet), Mosquito Range, Colorado

Via West Slopes from Kite Lake

Rank in Colorado: 22

Trailhead Elevation: 12,000 feet; Elevation Gain: 2,172 feet; 3.8 miles round trip

July 21, 2006

*American Pikas live in rocky areas and boulder covered hills at elevations above 8,000 feet. They are between 6 and 8 inches long and weigh about 6 ounces. They spend most of the day gathering food, guarding their territory and sunning themselves on a favorite 'lookout rock'. Pikas remain active all year and do not hibernate. They rely on haystacks of plants, which they build throughout the summer in their tunnels to get them through winter months.


01Sunrise

02Clouds at sunrise

03Climbing Mount Bross

04Mount Democrat

05Climbing up

06Looking down to Kite Lake

07The way up

08On the way up

09Old mine

10Mount Democrat

11Mt. of the Holy Cross in distance

12a-Clouds are rolling in at 8 am

12b-GPS beta on top

13On broad summit of Mt. Bross

14On top of Mt. Bross

15On top of Mt. Bross

16On top of Mt. Bross

17View of Cameron and Lincoln

18Close-up of Lincoln in clouds

19More vistas from the summit

20Mt. Democrat peeking out

21Mt. Democrat in clouds

22Time to head down

23The way down

24Vistas

25Low clouds

26On the way down

27Descending

28Vistas

29Vistas

30Low clouds

31Mt. Democrat

32Democrat in clouds

33Democrat in clouds

34Look back at the trail to ridge

35Descending

36Vistas

37Mt. Democrat

38Descending

39Kite Lake and Democrat

40Kite Lake

41View of route to Democrat saddle

42Senecio

43Descending

44On the trail

45On the trail

46Alpine Thistles

47Alpine Thistle

48Pika habitat

49They are so tiny

50Pika

51Pika

52Pika

53Pika

54Pika