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Friday, July 30, 2010

Mount Cameron 14238 ft

Mt. Cameron or in some circles, Cameron Point, though rising well above the covetous 14,000ft level in Colorado is not considered a ranked or even true mountain. It is a perverbial black sheep that takes its place among a small herd of Colorado 14ers that also includes: Conundrum Peak, North Maroon Peak, North Eolus and El Diente Peak. However, Mt. Cameron has a facet that the others cannot claim, accessibility. Mt. Cameron resides in the center of a topographic triangle which is anchored by Mt. Democrat, Mt. Bross and Mt. Lincoln. Collectively, they are known as The Decalibron.
People typically do not venture into the 10 mile-Mosquito Range, just west of Alma and Fairplay to only hike Mt. Cameron. It is only a momentary stopping place en route to one of the other three. However, due to its proximity to the Front Range, accessibility and relative ease of hiking, it is almost always included in any trip to these mountains. The predominant factor in keeping Mt. Cameron from being officially recognized is the fact that its' saddle with Mt. Lincoln does not drop the required 300'. Fact, one wouldn't be wrong in thinking that Mt. Lincoln is actually a gemini summit though it is not considered as such. Also, Mt. Cameron's summit plateau lies entirely on a private mining claim and only .2 mile from the Baltic & Crescent Help Mine (towards Mt. Lincoln).

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