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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    
2014-01-20 I found the same road conditions as reported by awilbur77 below, no chance of driving past this point currently. Plenty of room to safely park or turn around at this place. Eagle Eye         
2014-01-02 Right before the Paris Mill, there is a 5ft tall snow drift across the road. There‘s no getting around it unless you have a monster truck, or a snow blower. I didn‘t even try it in a lifted Jeep Wrangler. There is a parking area here, and you will be starting your hike about 2.7 miles shy of the Kite Lake TH. awilbur77    1      
2013-12-22 Road up to the winter parking area is almost bare. The usual drift on the hill at the winter parking area is just deep enough to prevent driving up. Otherwise the rest of the road up to the lake is only partially snow covered. The bathrooms are closed for lack of gov. funding. I see that there is now a nice wind break in front of them which we sheltered in for lunch. Some low life had taken a dump in there and covered it with a rock - like that somehow makes it acceptable. wincoder         
2013-11-09 Accessible by 2wd to the TH. Several patches of snow no more than a few inches deep on the road. Bathrooms are locked up and out of service. Bring your TP and bags! zdero1         
2013-10-12 Certainly driveable with a passenger car that has decent clearance. My Forester made it all the way with no problems. There was a Prius about a quarter mile from the official trailhead, AFTER the switchbacks. No snow on the road to speak of yet. stevevets689         
2013-09-30 We took my 4Runner up there yesterday. My friend felt his Subaru would have made it fine. That said - I wouldn‘t have liked taking my Buick up it. The repair to the "wash-out" was done nicely & snow was not an issue on the drive or hike. Windy conditions - still managed to have a great day and tag all 5 points of interest. TakeMeToYourSummit         
2013-09-26 Road was open all the way to the TH. I saw one 2WD Honda sedan at the trail head and felt I could have drove a 2WD ... very slowly. There were about 4 spots on the road that could be tricky. I used a Tracker, no problems, no 4WD needed. spartan7mg         
2013-09-21 The road to Kite lake is open to the TH was up there yesterday. brech    2      
2013-09-21 I am hearing 2nd hand that the road to Kite Lake is now open to the TH, 4wd recommended for the last mile. I‘ll be heading up there tonight and will provide an update. zdero1         
2013-09-18 The Kite Lake road is closed at this point (as of 9/1: N 39 18.529 W 106 07.079 brianlpowers         
2013-09-18 The road to Kite Lake Trailhead is closed 1.8 miles away from the trailhead, not 1 mile as previously reported. If you plan to do the Decalibron, plan accordingly! brianlpowers    2      
2013-09-14 From Cory at Al-Mart in Alma. The road to Kite Lake, Democrat, Lincoln is washed out about 1 mile from the trailhead. There are two cars trapped until they get it fixed. Odysseus         
2013-08-30 Made it all the way to the parking lot in a 2012 VW Golf in the rain. Road is rough, but definitely passable in a 2wd passenger vehicle. Just take it slow and steady. spadflyer12         
2013-08-17 The torn-out section at the top of the switchbacks that I mentioned on 6/28 has been repaired. The entire road is now passable, but not necessarily pleasant, in most passenger cars. There are still the usual potholes and rocky sections so the going may be slow at times. zsmith         
2013-08-08 Road up to parking area is good. I of course made it in a Jeep Grand Cherokee and my brother in law made it (albeit slowly) in a minivan. Lot of sedans parked at the trailhead. Btuperkwh  1       
2013-08-02 Road is rough but all sorts of vehicles made the trip. Lots of folks camping (~25 tents) this past weekend... Looks like management is trying to establish a fixed number of campsites but there is no map/layout and some markers were down. It was pretty much a "free for all". Foraged for firewood below the private property line and found a couple nice campsites in the pines, north side of the road. Paid $12/night to camp but worth it... scoutbuff1         
2013-07-29 Drove all the way to Kite Lake in a Ford Focus. Had no issues at all. Just park in the fee area and pay, it‘s worth it to camp there. lackerstef         
2013-06-29 The road just outside of Alma is rough and gradual at that all the way to the campground. There are some areas just shy of the campground that are not suitable for 2wd. Most people were parking 1/4m from there(caution about the private property though). and walking up the road to the trailheads. Jeff750r         
2013-06-28 The road had at least 3 sections (one in particular) that have become washed out and will require higher-clearance. The first two are passable by family/CUV‘s (i.e. RAV4, CRV and car-based SUV‘s), but probably not sedans or minivans. The third section is more difficult. It is in a turn roughly .5-.75 miles before the trailhead. It includes several successive ruts that were passable in an XTerra OR. A 4Runner, Jeep or similar vehicle would be ok. The gentleman in a Chevy Equinox in front of me got up, but said he hit the bottom of his car fairly hard. I would not have taken our Honda Pilot up that section without fear of damage. This was on 6/28. Hopefully that helps. zsmith         
2013-06-14 Road open all the way to the summer trailhead. argothor         
2013-06-05 Road passable to switchback at 11,780‘, about 0.5mi below summer TH. Requires a bit of clearance to get through a couple snow drifts to reach this point. Road is melting FAST and it won‘t be long at all before you can reach the summer TH. adrenalated    1      
2013-06-02 Had to stop approximately 1 mile from TH due to deep windblown (probably) snow spot. It was actively melted, though, so it might be no problem now. Alex         
2013-06-02 Everyone is stopping and parking just before this patch of snow (img 1) on the road. There are some pretty good/deep ruts in that where someone must have given it a go only to back out. I‘d say this is about 1.5 miles shy of the Kite Lake TH. Image #1 is the snow patch and image #2 shows the storage shack just before the blockage. Walking the road up to the TH (at 7:30 AM) was no problem. No postholing, etc. Beyond that initial closure there are other areas that are much larger where snow covers the roads. I‘d wager 1 1/2 to 2 weeks to be snow free/passable. mikemalick  2       
2013-05-12 Property owner has plowed road to ~0.55 mi beyond winter closure. Space for 4-5 vehicles at 0.5mi. New snow will melt quickly, but skis/flotation useful to summer TH bergsteigen         
2013-04-13 Still winter closure route, snow on ground could be skied up. Snow-shoes not required to get to Summer trail head. Formed         

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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