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. 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. The road to the lake is called Forest Road 506. Avoid driving in this area if unpaved mountain roads aren't your strong point. Stay away if you're scared of heights. It is recommended that beginner riders avoid this road. If you don't have a few feet of clearance for you 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
Only 4WD vehicles. 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. With such a high summit altitude the road can be closed anytime due to snowfalls. The zone is prone to heavy mist and can be dangerous in low visibility conditions. The road is very narrow, steep, and with several tight switchbacks. The road is totally impassable from October to June. It’s a real challenging road and a true test of your vehicle and your stamina because the road abounds in twists and turns with wheels sometimes hanging above the precipice. The road is very steep. It follows numerous remnants of Colorado's mining heritage.
Pic: Ben Word