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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    
2011-07-04 Access to Kite Lake still blocked about 2/3 mile down from one solitary snowdrift across the road. Probably another week or two of hot temps before its passable. Plenty of roadside parking at the stopping point though. mtnmike         
2011-06-30 No different from the last update of this trail. A hiker should still expect to park a ways (3/4 mile according to the last updater) down from the actual trailhead due to two snowfields that are still covering the road. However, it is an easy walk up and back down. One should also expect to find a way around the stream right past the trailhead. It may look enticing to just use the rock bridge right on the trail in front of the hiker (it will most certainly wet the feet), but if one were to walk to the east (right), easier ways can be found. Tony1         
2011-06-19 We drove just past a couple snow fields that had mostly melted, yet about 3/4 from Kite Lake you are completely blocked. It then gets dry for a few hundred feet, but you face very deep snow banks again. So- expect about 1.5 extra to your hike (round trip). Yes, the lake is still frozen, though it is thawing. TheKanes  2  2    
2011-06-18 We were able to drive through a couple of small drifts to about 4.5 miles from Alma so it‘s not quite open to the lake. Expect an obnoxious amount of postholing in the afternoon. From the lake the stream crossing has about 3-4‘ snow on either side, but you can find a rock crossing. Amazing how much snow in the Mosquito Range in late June. timf  3       
2011-06-11 You can drive 4.2mi (of the 6) into Kite Lake before another snow drift blocks the road bergsteigen         
2011-06-05 Closed at Paris Mill due to high snow drifts. Adds another 2.5-3 miles to the trail each way. Would estimate it‘ll be another 4 weeks until you can make it all the way to Kite Lake. bxphreak         
2011-06-04 2.3 Miles into Kite Lake Road it is blocked by 3-4 feet snow drifts. GraceU2DSummit  1       
2011-05-16 Road still blocked by snow just below the Paris Mill, ~ 3 miles below Kite Lake TH. Road plowed to road closure. rijaca         
2011-04-02 Had to park 3.5 miles below the summer trailhead just shy of the Paris Mill. With 4WD you can drive up to the Paris Mill but past the Paris Mill the road is impassible with 15 foot high snow drifts. rayven19         
2010-11-21 Blocked by snow just after the Paris Mill, 3 miles below the upper TH. The snow wasn‘t too deep but I didn‘t try to drive through it, even with 4WD. BillMiddlebrook         
2010-11-06 The road to Kite Lake was mostly dry as of Saturday with a few patches of 6-8" deep wet snow rutted with tire tracks just below the end of the road. Brian Thomas         
2010-09-25 Very very bumpy road but I saw many passenger cars up there. So drive slowly you should be ok playkool         
2010-08-31 Road remains open to Kite Lake. There are large potholes and some rocky sections, but it can be driven slowly with a passenger car. Tornadoman         
2010-08-26 Construction activity was nonexistent today. The road has lots of potholes but is passable for almost any vehicle. Jim Davies         
2010-08-25 I called the town office today, and was told that the pipeline project is on hold due to lack of funding. Jim Davies         
2010-08-11 I got the following in an email from Alma. "We made a decission today to stop the repair project for a while. No telling how long. So the road is open all the time right now. " I suggest you contact them if you want updates. BobbyFinn         
2010-08-11 I spoke with the ‘city of Alma‘ via email and they said the road is open on weekends and closed intermittently during the weekdays. Like earlier post, on weekdays from 7am to 7pm it is closed when they are working. HunkyDunk         
2010-08-02 I just spoke with Alma Public Works and the road to Kite Lake will be open all this week and through the weekend. Kite Lake road-work will resume next Monday (Aug 9th), and the road will again be closed from 7 AM to 7 PM. Gator         
2010-07-27 Signs at the jn of Highway 9 state the road to Kite Lake is closed between 0700 and 1900 hours daily. The date the works were completed was not highlighted. tauma         
2010-07-23 Went up to Kite Lake today to do Democrat, Cameron and Lincoln. Shortly after turning off of Highway 9 there were signs indicating that the road to Kite Lake will be closed from July 23-30 for repairs. 14erLeah         
2010-07-22 Just called the FS & they said the road will be open this weeknd, probably closing it again on Monday. pbakwin         
2010-07-15 Road from Alta to Kite lake is open... piped piper         
2010-07-11 Drove to Kite Lake with no issues this Sunday AlanC         
2010-07-08 Buckskin/Kite Lake Rd. is typically closed between 8:00am to 6:00 or 7:00pm M-F. They are trying to finish the last of 10 breaks in the line that feeds water to the town of Alma. Do not count on these times as firm. They will try to have it finished this week, but wait for the next update. There is a back way in to Buckskin/Kite Lake, but it is NOT marked and I do NOT recommend to anyone without clearance, FWD, and you will end up with scratches to your paint from willows and pine trees. This back road from Park City does not show up if you Google it, but is on the Nat. Geo. Map. Not advisable in the dark. This road is NOT maintained. Pay close heed to mountain features and road directions as you will need your route finding skills to direct you at all the junctions. The Park City side is only wide enough for one vehicle to pass for most of the road and there is one tight switch back that may require larger SUVs or trucks to stop and back up to make the turn. Friends at Al Mart- thank you for your patience and we hope you liked the apples! Hunter         
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         

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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