Sunday, August 1, 2010
Mount Lincoln 14291 ft
Mount Lincoln is a fourteener in the U.S. state of Colorado. It is the eighth highest peak in the state, and the 11th highest in the contiguous United States. It is located in the Mosquito Range, just west of Hoosier Pass, and is the highest peak in that range. It lies just east of the Continental Divide in northwestern Park County, approximately 5 miles (8 km) east of Climax and near the town of Alma.
Mount Lincoln is typically climbed from the east, starting at the Roberts Road Trailhead off of Colorado Highway 9. Multiple routes ascend from this trailhead, all starting along the Quartzville Creek Jeep Trail. The shortest route climbs 3,000 ft (900 m) in 3.5 mi (5.6 km), with the upper part of the route involving hiking on broken granite and shale. Many climbers attempt to combine the summit of Lincoln with those of Bross and Democrat in one climb.
Mount Lincoln, along with its neighbors Cameron, Democrat and Bross, are pockmarked with old mines, and much of the land is owned privately by mining companies. (A large mine still operates in nearby Climax.) In the summer of 2005, these landowners denied access to the peaks by hikers and climbers, fearing liability in the case of injury, and citing the particular dangers due to the presence of old mine workings. On August 1, 2006, the town of Alma signed a deal to lease the peaks for a nominal fee, to reduce the potential liability to the owners and free up the peaks for recreational access