Kite Lake is a high alpine turquoise lake at an elevation of 3.700m (12,139ft) above the sea level, located in San Juan County, southwest Colorado, in United States.
The road to the lake is unpaved. It’s called Forest Road 506. This trail is well worth the drive; however, it is steep in places and has a limited number of places to pass other vehicles. Be sure to have experience in back roads if you attempt this trail. If you don't have a few feet of clearance for your vehicle you will not be able to make it all the way to the lake. The last bit of road after the switchback is swiss-cheese with each hole being around 1.5-2 feet deep.
4WD vehicles only. It’s one of the highest mountain roads in Colorado. This is not for the faint of heart. The surface of the rough road is gravel and bumpy with embedded rocks. The road is very narrow, steep, and with several tight switchbacks.
It is totally impassable from October to June. Starting from Forest Road 520, the drive is 9.65km (6 miles) long. Over this distance the elevation gain is 477 meters. The average gradient is 4.94%.
Pic&video: Ben Word