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Hiking the Decalibron

By: Amy Daines


The state of Colorado is known for its beautiful mountain ranges and snow capped peaks. In addition to having many breathtaking views, Colorado is also home to fifty-eight peaks called fourteeners (14ers), more than any other state in the United States. These intimidating mountaintops are called 14ers because their height exceeds 14,000 feet above sea level. The highest mountain in Colorado, Mt. Elbert, reaches a towering 14,439 ft, making it a challenge to the most seasoned adventurer. 14ers present an irresistible challenge to those hikers who want to go to the next level.


While hiking in general is not easy, climbing a 14er is significantly harder than the average trek through the forest. Because they are so high in elevation, 14ers present the threat of altitude sickness. The lack of oxygen makes it much harder for the human body to perform to the best of its ability. Trails are also extremely steep and rocky, and it is hard for people to keep their footing and stay on balance. Hiking 14ers is not for the faint of heart, but the breathtaking views at the summit are an incredible reward.


Many avid hikers dream of adding a 14er to their belt of summited peaks, but only a few have been able to tackle the entirety of the trail Decalibron. Using this dusty trail, people have the opportunity to summit four 14ers in one day. The name Decalibron comes from sandwiching all four names of the peaks together – Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, and Bross. The trail begins just outside of the small town Alma, and is recognizable for a small, kite-shaped lake located in the valley of the four mountain peaks. Hiking four 14ers all at once is no easy feat, and the hike itself will take at least a full day. 


Recently, hikers have been unable to complete the entire trail, because the peak of Mt. Bross is closed to the public. The mountain is located on the private property of owners who chose to close the trail to eager hikers. However, trespassing is not monitored or punished, so many people still decide to summit Bross anyway. 


Hiking 14ers is an exhilarating experience, and anyone who is physically able should at least attempt to climb one. While it is very difficult, the incredible views and sense of self-satisfaction is completely worth it. Any true Coloradan will have climbed at least one of the majestic peaks that is the background to the Denver skyline.


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