Leadville, Colorado

Camp at Kite Lake

Originally added by Will McKay

Beautiful mountain views, howling winds, and a wonderful lake. What more could you ask for? 

Kite Lake is a beautiful little lake that is surrounded plenty of fourteeners. Just outside of Alma, Colorado, Kite lake can be accessed from Buckskin Street. Buckskin is a simple left turn after the only bar in Alma, or a right turn before the only bar in Alma... Do note, this road is not drivable during the winter months, the road closes when the plows can no longer plow!

Also be aware, the road is not in the best shape. It's best to take a car with some high clearance and possibly 4x4 capabilities if rain is in the forecast. I will say, I did see one ballsy man drive a civic up the road. Only bottomed out four times...

Now to the good stuff! I highly suggest going up to camp and hike during the fall, the aspens are peaking in late September and the colors are absolutely stunning. Also, there are a lot less people crowding the lake and trails.

The parking fee is about $3 as of September 2016 and the camping fee is $12. Please do pay these fees as they fund the protection of our beautiful parks and wild spaces!

I prefer walking down to one of the campsites along the shore of the lake, preferably on the west side. The east is highly exposed and can suffer through some serious winds, while the west is a little more sheltered. 

There are plenty of hiking trails that can be accessed from the Kite Lake Trailhead as well. I quite enjoy the DeCaLiBron loop which is an 8.5 mile hike. Not only do you get to brag that you went hiking but you also get to brag that you summited four fourteeners in one day. Yep, you heard that right. The loop includes a summit of Mt. Democrat, Mt. Cameron, Mt. Lincoln, and Mt. Bross.

From the campsites, there are plenty of established fire pits; however this does not mean that fires can be care free. Please take the time to put them out with water and control the area around you.

After you have the fire started and have finished hiking, sit back and relax. Enjoy the sunset, the warmth of the pit, and possibly the few beers that built up way too much pressure on the rough drive up.

And be prepared for a windy night camping and a beautiful sunrise.

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Beautiful Camping Spot

Sort of crowded on a Saturday night as expected. We arrived to camp around 4pm Saturday and beat the crowd. Everyone was super nice and most seemed willing to share a campsite. We woke up at 3:30am to climb the loop Sunday morning. Not a good spot if you are wanting a peaceful morning. Cars started driving up at 3:30ish. The lake is beautiful and the road to the trailhead was definitely in good enough condition for a low clearance sedan. We didn’t see or catch any fish in the lake.

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on.

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