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Kite Lake Trailhead
Added by BillMiddlebrook

Location:  Mosquito Range
14ers Served:  Mt. Democrat, Mt. Cameron, Mt. Lincoln, Mt. Bross
Road Type:  2WD, rough dirt road 2   (0=Paved, 6=Very Difficult 4WD)
Rough 2WD dirt to the TH.
Directions:  Take Colorado 9 to Alma. In the middle of town and on the west side of the road, look for a small sign for the road to Kite Lake. Turn here and drive a bit through a residential area. Continue 6 miles to Kite Lake. The last mile of this road can be a bit more rough, but a good-clearance 2WD should still be able to make it when the road is dry. There are restrooms and some camping spots at the trailhead. You must pay a small fee to park/camp at Kite Lake. If you park below (no fee), walk up the road to Kite Lake.
Winter Access:  Closed at the Paris Mill site which is about 3 miles up the road and 3 miles below Kite Lake.
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Date Status Information Posted By  Photos  Comments Likes Dislikes    
2010-07-08 We were able to enter the road to the trailhead in the morning. But the road was completely impassable when we tried to leave at 12:30. They had dug a hole in the middle of the road. We weren‘t able to leave until 3:30 (they were originally telling us 7:00). They said they will continue to work on the road in the next several days (where it is not possible to pass). It may be wise to heed the road closed signs. At the very least check with the numbers provided below to verify access. dpanter         
2010-07-08 Per 7/8/10 inquiry to Town of Alma http://townofalma.com/ -- the road is closed indefinitely for water main repairs. However, it is usually reopened all day on weekends, as well as weekdays briefly in the morning and evening. Anyone planning to use this area should consider a call to either the Ranger Station 719-836-2031, or Town of Alma, for an update. denisseattle         
2010-07-02 The road to Kite Lake is open. There was a water main break just off the highway and the road was closed on 6/29. It is open now although there are signs that say ‘road closed‘ and there is a narrow opening on the left side. The sign says the road will be closed on 7/6 - most likely to complete repairs. stackmk         
2010-07-01 Just spoke with someone at the South Park Ranger Station (1:10 pm CDT, Thursday, July 1), and the road to Kite Lake (and Kite Lake itself) is open. However, Kite Lake will be closed Tuesday, July 6. No reason given. bassinson         
2010-06-29 Road closed from just outside of Alma. unknown re-open date/ reason for closure. KTags         
2010-06-09 Road is clear until the last drift right before the pay area starts. Any vehicle should be able to make it. ksegasser         
2010-06-05 Road is clear to the last switchback before Kite Lake, which is at about 11,950‘. Several vehicles punched through the last two small drifts today, but the remaining snow on the switchback is substantial. A very good 4x4 rig, with better than average tires could break this snow bank in the afternoon, when it is so soft. There is very, very soft snow around Kite Lake. Grover         
2010-05-31 Clear to ~1.5 miles before the TH, then a snow patch for 100 yds or so. I went for it but wallowed about halfway through in a high-clearance pickup truck - had to back out. A hiker coming down said there were a few more similar patches. ElliottDavis         
2010-05-23 Snow begins 100 feet beyond the tin building on east side of road. I would guess about 1.2 miles below Kite lake campground. It took me about 35 minutes to reach the lake. Don‘t think you can drive over frozen snow early and make it back out after it heats up. There is a vehicle quite stuck in two foot deep snow. Enjoy, the South Face of Democrat had awesome corn for making turns. slyde55         
2010-05-17 lower parking area just before the private land is easily accessible (4wd was helpful, maybe not required in 1-2 spots). From there, continuous snow (not quite passable) to Kite Lake. 5/16 jbraun         
2010-05-08 I don‘t know where paris mills is, but the drifts have been broken thru. We made it to the lower parking area just before the private land. From here it was almost continuous snow to kite lake. A jeep drove past the private land and parked on a dirt patch another ~.5 miles 5/8 dubsho3000         
2010-04-28 Still closed by a snowdrift at Paris Mill. The drift has been bulldozed but filled back in again. Once it‘s busted out, it will be clear sailing most of the way to Kite Lake. pioletski         
2010-02-27 Closed just before Paris Mill junction, about three miles below Kite Lake. Easy driving conditions to closure, with good parking at closure. Dancesatmoonrise         
2009-12-12 Mostly clear, but covered by large snow drifts in a few places. We made it to within 100 feet of the parking lot in my friend‘s Land Rover, but there were a few tricky spots. jlarocco         
2009-11-16 Was able to drive to within 100 feet of the upper trailhead. There‘s snow on the road but I only needed 4WD in a few spots where the snow was about 8-10 inches deep. It will not be open much longer. BillMiddlebrook         
2009-11-09 11/8/2009 drove all the way up to the fee area. a few snow patches but nothing that cant be done in passenger vehicle. zoriloco         
2009-10-24 Still dry on 10/24/09. No problem in a Neon all the way to Kite Lake using due care in the rough spots GregEFGreenLeaf         
2009-10-17 Dry to Kite Lake but for a little slush just before the parking lot and some inconsequential drifting in the parking area. Wyoming Bob         
2009-09-17 No problems in a corolla. eagle06         
2009-09-04 passable (but rough) by a low clearance car BFPD630         
2009-07-19 trail road in great shape, can be made by almost all types of cars/2 wd except for maybe very low sports cars ( and a good driver might even make it in one of those too). Some holes and rocks but all can be avoided. road is dirt and bumpy but no problems when dry. no idea if it is wet. Bergs         
2009-06-20 Still totally clear as of 6/19/09. rustynorman         
2009-06-13 clear all the way---some folks camping at TH giarcd         
2009-06-04 Clear to within a hundred feet or so. A four wheel drive vehicle could make it without too much effort. I saw a Honda Accord parked just before the snow. TylerStorm         
2009-05-31 Totally clear to withing 3/4 mile of Kite lake. Saw a Lexus sedan parked there. Vehicles with decent clearance can make through the broken drifts to withing 50 yards of the Kite Lake trailhead. Still a 3-4 foot deep drift there, but the snow is melting fast. CO Native         

Looking north past Kite Lake – Mt. Cameron is right of center (Added by: BillMiddlebrook on 2006-05-15)The trailhead (Added by: BillMiddlebrook on 2008-10-07)Parking (Added by: BillMiddlebrook on 2008-10-07)The restrooms (Added by: BillMiddlebrook on 2008-10-07)The rode is blocked just after the parking. The trail starts here. (Added by: BillMiddlebrook on 2008-10-07)

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