Kite Lake Trailhead


Range: Mosquito Range
Coordinates: 39.32758, -106.12928
14ers: Mt. Democrat, Mt. Cameron, Mt. Lincoln, Mt. Bross
Elevation: 12,000'
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Road Difficulty

2WD, rough dirt road 2   (0=Paved, 6=Very Difficult 4WD)
Rough 2WD dirt to the TH.

Driving 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. It's across the road from the "Caniglia Real Estate" building. 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 to within a couple hundred yards of the TH lot, when the road is dry. There are restrooms and some camping spots at the trailhead. You must pay a $5 fee to park/camp at Kite Lake. If you park below, walk up the road to Kite Lake.

Winter Access

Closed at the Paris Mill site which is about 3 miles up from Alma but 3 miles below Kite Lake.

More Info

Parking: 12-15 spots at the trailhead. Everyone else has to park along the road.
Camping: Some established camp spots at Kite Lake. More dispersed spots along the road, just below the trailhead.
Restrooms? Yes, at the trailhead parking area
Fees? Yes, in summer
Trailhead added by BillMiddlebrook
Status Updates 
Posted By: BillMiddlebrook
Info: Winter closure still in place at the Paris Mill (2.75 miles below Kite Lake).
Posted By: wilhite38
Info: Was up at there on 3-4-06. I was able to get 3.5 miles in till the snow was blocking the road. Had to hike the last 2.5 to Kite Lake.
Posted By: Chicago Transplant
Info: Drove up on 10/23/05, road is clear all the way to the trailhead. There was some snow reducing it to one lane near the turn for the road to Windy Ridge, but after that it is clears up the rest of the way. The last hundred yards or so before the parking area is really rutted out and will stop any passenger car at that point.
Posted By: contour900
Info: As of 8/21/05 the road is in excellent condition to within 200 yards of the pit toilet at Kite Lake. At this point a large washout stops most 2WD vehicles and results in haphazard and crowded parking along the roadside.
Posted By: downhilldave
Info: road was in good shape, just a little rocky in spots. I was able to make it past the switchbacks (really close to kite lake) with a jetta (low clearence 2wd)with not problems, just had to go slow. The road is passable to the trailhead without 4wd needed, just good ground clearence
Posted By: sisyphus
Info: 5-31-05: Memorial Day Traffic pushed through the remaining snow on Kite Lake Road. Tracks went all the way to the pay parking area. A burly 4WD would be necessary to negotiate the remaining snow patches.
Posted By: sisyphus
Info: 5-26-05: The Kite Lake Road is melted out above the Sweet Home Mine now. You can proceed almost a mile past the mine. Snow blocks progress just after the sign that says, "Pay Parking One Mile." So, you’re about a mile from Kite Lake camping.
Posted By: doumall
Info: 2WD accessable to Sweet Home Mine. 4WD could make it further in frozen snow conditions.
Posted By: BillMiddlebrook
Info: The road is now "open" to the upper mine at 11,400’ (4.1 total miles up the Kite Lake road, and 1.5 miles from Kite Lake). 4WD is still recommended to get past a couple of stubborn snow drifts.
Posted By: BillMiddlebrook
Info: The road is clear for 2.6 miles to the intersection with the Mineral Park road (2.5 miles from the lake).
Posted By: BillMiddlebrook
Info: The Kite Lake road is closed in winter and usually melts out in mid to late May. In summer, good-clearance 2WD vehicles can drive to Kite Lake (12,000’) or fairly close. The last 1/2 mile of the road is a little rough.
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