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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    
2015-04-25 Closed at Paris Mill. A lot of new snow. Microspikes (early am) were ok until Kite Lake TH, then snowshoes were a must. yingyangsoup89         
2015-04-12 Road closed at Paris Mill. Short patch of snow, then road is mostly dry for 3/4 mile. Can skis some on side of road. frankstern         
2015-03-21 Still a large mound of snow at the Paris Mill. Some tire tracks and branches show were car/truck was stuck. If you could get over that mound of snow, a 4x4 with chains should be able to get another 2 miles up the road as the snow is melting and 25% of the road is visible in spots. The problem would be getting out if the snow melted and the thick stuff got weak. Still enough snow for Snowmobilers to get up in the Kite Lake area. JQDivide         
2015-03-15 The road is snow-covered from the winter closure (Paris Mill, 3 miles below Kite Lake), all the way to Kite Lake. Until the area gets more snow, there‘s a packed track all the way to the lake area. BillMiddlebrook         
2015-03-08 Drove to Paris Mill, the winter closure. Eagle Eye    2      
2014-12-25 Found deep snow & few signs of recent travel (or plowing) on Dec 25th, 2014. Definitely a high clearance good snow tire 4WD situation in my opinion. There was an abandoned Jeep stuck on the side of the road that morning. When winter closure comes to this road theres no chance you can drive any further than Paris Mill, as a wall of snow made by plows prevents it! The closure is at a big turn around area with plenty of room to park. Eagle Eye         
2014-12-04 The road is plowed to Paris Mill. Beyond that there is no sign of 4 wheel traffic. Looks to be about a foot of soft snow on the road after that. Nelson         
2014-11-07 Still clear! Also, bathrooms still open. urje         
2014-10-26 Clear all the way to the trailhead/campground. funkyhiker         
2014-10-13 Mostly Clear, more snow at the bottom because of the tree cover. Most of it is melting off, should be clear by the mid week. If you could drive to the TH in the summer, you‘ll be fine. TH parking area has a lot of snow, but again should melt this week. A few spot of snow drifts b/c of all the wind. About a half dozen cars hit them Monday, so the path is pretty clear, unless more wind builds them back up. JQ JQDivide         
2014-10-05 Road clear and dry all the way to Kite Lake. There is a herd of elk hanging out in the area before the turn for Windy Ridge. Crestoner         
2014-09-27 Drove rented Toyota Sienna minivan all the way to Kite Lake and parked in the lot (last spot, closest to trailhead sign). Had no issue at all - there were a few potholes but all were either able to be driven around or through, by going slowly. It was completely dry the entire day masonpips         
2014-09-27 Road to Kite Lake is in great shape. 2WD fine. I drove my Toyota Sienna van and had to be careful in a few spots. Worst road condition is between switchback right before you arrive and the camping/trail head site. With cars parked on both sides - you have to negotiate some serious potholes. Slow and careful is the key. A low of 38-degrees with some light frost but nothing frozen. CO_GPS_Guy         
2014-08-31 I rented a KIA Sportage and had no problem getting up to the lake. I think just about any car could make it up if you go slow and around bad spots. bking14ers         
2014-08-19 I did it with a Ford Fiesta, the last yards were a little bit rocky with a lot of potholes. Even if I‘m a student, I recommand to pay the fees (3$) and park on the flat surface. Just to make sure that the way is clear for those that would like to avoid the potholes. AlpineCarole  1       
2014-08-09 I‘m a relatively ‘fraidy-cat driver who made it to the trailhead in good weather in my 2006 Subaru Outback without a problem. In my opinion, most of the road is fine, with a few areas that require slow speeds and some forethought. kaykosan         
2014-08-08 I drove to the trailhead on 8/8 and left it on 8/10. No issues making it in my Honda Pilot other than feeling like I was shaking loose every bolt on the vehicle. I sure would not try it in a sedan or other vehicle that does not have extra ground clearance ... at least not if I cared about the car‘s undercarriage. Did the 4 14er‘s. Amazing day. Take poles for the loose rock descent!!! 2T47         
2014-08-03 Drove the road in a CRV and what a difference a day makes. Going up was not that bad, there were some dips and holes at various places but nothing too bad. For some reason, overnight the upper part of the road just below the parking lot had gotten much worse. I would not do it in a car. Deep holes, large rocks, and several cross ruts made the road much worse. trlhiker    4      
2014-07-28 Drove in the dark to Kite Lake trailhead. Go slow in Alma to find the turn. Road is totally clear. A few big rocks in the road and some good bumps that stretch across the road, but most of the difficulties avoidable and no need for 4WD. emgordon         
2014-06-21 Road is now clear all the way to the TH. Road seems to be in the same condition as the past few years- many 4 door cars were at the TH. Andymcp1    1    
2014-06-15 Still several snowdrifts completely blocking the road about 0.6 miles from Kite Lake trail head. Ran into some hikers that had summitted Lincoln, Bross and Cameron without much problem. But Kite Lake is still frozen over and there is lots of snow everywhere. lkaras         
2014-06-07 Still a few drifts preventing access to the TH, but I‘d venture to say I‘ve parked further away in the summer on a busy weekend... less than a 1/2 mile. kircher    1    
2014-06-04 You can drive about 2 miles past Paris Mill to within a mile or so of Kite Lake. After that there are some heavy drifts that will be there for a while. Nelson         
2014-03-13 Road to Kite Lake is lightly snow-covered (any car can make it up) to the closure near the Paris Mill. After that its well-packed for a bit, then windblown deep snow to Kite Lake. Bring snowshoes or expect to posthole in waist deep snow in some parts. The Moose    3      
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         

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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