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Route #1) Mt. Lincoln - From Kite Lake  


Difficulty:  Class 2 
Exposure: Mild exposure in the area but not along the immediate route.
Summit Elev.: 14,286 feet
Trailhead Elev.: 12,000 feet
Elevation Gain: 2,600 feet
RT Length: 6.00 miles
Trailhead: Kite Lake
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Author: BillMiddlebrook
Last Updated: 11/2014
 
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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.

Route:

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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