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.
From the parking area, follow the blocked road past the lake. After the lake, begin the ascent out of the basin - Photo #1 and Photo #2. Near 12,200‘, pass a collapsed mine shack - Photo #3. At 12,600‘ (Photo #4), follow the trail up a rugged slope (Photo #5) to reach the base of Mt. Democrat‘s east slope - Photo #6. Near 12,800‘, the trail swings left (south) for a bit before turning right and heading north across the east slope, toward the Democrat-Cameron saddle - Photo #7.
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