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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    
2012-05-08 Drove up all the way to Kite Lake and parked in the paid parking area for a quick scout of the area. Bumpy ride in some places, but no snow and certainly driveable with any vehicle. Go for it! PVLoubert         
2012-04-23 Open and clear all the way to the lake. FatBaxter         
2012-04-20 Road is rough, but was able to get within about a mile of the TH in a 2WD. Clear most of the way with some deep drift areas. Saw a 4WD that got turned away about 100 yards from the lot. You could easily make it through in an M1 Abrams. Benji the Hunted         
2012-03-31 The road in from Alma was almost completely dry until the TH. The last little section from the switchback to the TH had runoff and was a bit muddy, but no loss of traction at any point in 2WD. Two cars and 2 SUV‘s in the parking lot, see photo. gkhickox  1       
2012-03-24 mountainmicah83‘s prior post still holds. Its kind of rough down low. Deepish muddy ruts that freeze at night and soften up by afternoon. 4x4 and clearance were nice but probably not necessary if you can make it past the lower muck. There was a lower clearance Subaru in the parking lot. jeremy27    1      
2012-03-18 Road plowed and mostly dry all of the way to Kite Lake due to the recent Search and Rescue activity at the Ajax mine. It‘s a little muddy right outside of alma but most vehicles should be able to make it. mountainmicah83         
2012-03-17 My hiking partner and I headed up to Kite Lake in a 2005 Subaru Outback to climb Democrat this morning and the road was plowed all the way up to the upper trailhead. We were able to go past Paris Mill all the way to within 0.5 miles of Kite Lake but we were stopped by the Park County Sheriff who informed us of a rescue mission that was taking place this morning and asked us to stay out of the area; he also said that he was closing the road at the Paris Mill junction. I don‘t know how long it will be closed but the road is drivable although quite bumpy; also, I think the road may have been plowed just for the rescue mission, so it might not be plowed in the future. DanielL    1      
2012-02-09 Road is plowed to Paris Mill, about 2.5-3 miles short of Kite Lake. It‘s pretty much impassable from there unless you have an awesome 4WD and some cojones. Sections of the road beyond the mill are dry, but other areas have half a foot or more of powdery snow. Paris Mill is 2WD accessible. SurfNTurf         
2012-01-15 No change, 6 P.U.‘s and SUV‘s at Kite Lake Parking Lot on Sunday. Couple of well beaten drifts en route, mostly dry. Wyoming Bob         
2012-01-06 The road is available to any vehicle with good clearance to Kite Lake. 4WD might be needed for very brief and short sections. 85% of the road is dry. Rcizzle         
2011-12-30 The road is no longer passable by all wheel dive veicles 4 wheel drive might make it to the free parking but no further. Flyingfish         
2011-12-17 The trail from Alma to Kite lake has a thin snow covering. A little deeper in some places but passable easily all the way up to the fee-parking area. Beyond that it‘s too deep to drive wincoder         
2011-11-27 Trail is still open to the lake. Drifting snow could become an issue in some spots, but 4wd may only be helpful in a few places. SeracZack         
2011-11-17 KITE LAKE ROAD IS MOSTLY DRY FROM ALMA TO THE PARKING/CAMPING AREA. I DIDN‘T EVEN PUT THE TRUCK IN 4WD. TH SHOULD BE ACCESSABLE TO ANY VEHICLE WITH DECENT TIRES. richwill  3  2    
2011-10-28 The "Road closed from 7am-7pm" sign everyone has been talking about was placed at the side of the road and the road was open. Guys doing construction on a "bubble" looking house slowing down travel because of large trucks in the road, but I did not see any construction on the road itself. I don‘t have a full fledged 4x4 vehicle, although it‘s got on the fly 4 wheel drive and I was able to get about 4 miles up before deciding to turn around. The snow was anywhere from 2-6+ inches on the road, making for slower travel in some places, but doable. One set of vehicle tracks had gone up about 3 miles and turned off onto private land, leaving some iced tracks to slide around on. Noone had driven past the point where I turned around since the snowfall two days ago. Nightwolf         
2011-10-26 I just spoke with the SP ranger district and they said the construction is done. Tonka         
2011-09-22 To clarify previous update SP ranger I talked to said the road will be closed Mon-Sat 7AM - 7PM colokeith         
2011-09-21 We drove to Alma not knowing there was construction going on on the road leading to Kite Lake. There was a "Road Closed" sign pushed slightly to the side of the road, so we drove past and headed up to the TH (approx. 6am). Construction vehicles and dirt piles in the first quarter mile or so, but definitely passable. No problems at all going up the road (had a Subaru Impreza) - a little bumpy and rough, but nothing major. Was worried about getting back down if construction was going on, but didn‘t encounter any, despite it being during the 7am-7pm time window (approx. 1:30pm). There were a handful of cars that we passed going to the TH as we were coming down. aliciaf         
2011-09-15 I contacted South Park Ranger District today to get clarification on the road closure. For this upcoming weekend, the road will be closed from 7AM-7PM on Saturday. The road is open all day Sunday. The person I spoke to on the phone warned that on Saturday it is possible to get up to the trailhead before 7AM, but once up there, you won‘t be able to get back down until the road reopens at 7PM. They also said that the sporadic road closures will be going on for about 90 days. ecmielke         
2011-09-09 This morning we saw a hand painted sign at the bottom of road to Kite Lake says that the road will be closed from 7pm to 7am starting Sept 12 for construction. In other words you can‘t get start up up the road until 7am so you won‘t get to Kite Lake until 7:20 or so. I have no idea if this is legitimate. The sign certainly was not a typical construction sign. We did not see any other signs or indications that the road closure was imminent. If anyone with real information can update this, please do. mhemmeter         
2011-09-03 Very good road conditions. There are many potholes, but they‘re all easily avoidable with some careful driving. The last mile of the trail becomes considerably rougher. We saw a 1970s-model VW Bug at the trailhead! Almost any car can make it up here. Toni Marie         
2011-08-25 I was expecting the worst on the rd. to the trailhead, but was pleasantly surprised to find how passable it was, even for lower clearance passenger cars. I took my buick all the way to the parking lot at the top, and there were several lower clearance cars on the top including a ford mustang. Is the road bumpy? Absolutely, but I drove on the left hand side of the road for most of my trip up and avoided the bigger potholes. In my opinion, the road to the Kite Lake TH is better than the road to the Grays/Torreys Trailhead. mattyanderson26         
2011-08-03 Rain last night made the road a little damp, but also easier to see the real potholes. It took me about 20 minutes to get from Alma to the trailhead in my Prius. On the way back down I passed a Ford Expedition that was going about 5mph. Seriously? I was easily able to do 20mph on the rough spots and 30mph most of the way. Maybe I drive like a maniac though as I also passed a Ford F-150 on the way down. But the road is really good as far as roads to trail heads go. crguy         
2011-07-21 ROUGH 2WD! 2WD passenger cars can make it, but it is a rough ride. Don‘t expect to go more than 15 MPH up or down the road. I took my 1976 VW baja bug up to Kite lake, and it took about 35 minutes to go six miles. Extremely bad potholes, rocks, and runoff on the road. Be careful, take it slow and you should be fine. shaberer0511         
2011-07-09 Road open to the trailhead now RFM_II         

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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