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Stony Pass, Kite Lake

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Location Silverton, CO
Rating Moderate,
Length 20.9
Time Full Day

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Photogenic climb across the continental divide.

This trail crosses the Continental Divide through an area rich in mining history. There are kiosks all along the route that explain points of interest. Buffalo Boy Tram House and Kite Lake are the highlights of the trip. Consider taking the Old Hundred Gold Mine Tour to learn about the history of the area. Road is open all year except during springtime if muddy.


Trail Ratings Defined

Moderate. Mildly rocky and steep in a few places but suitable for aggressive high-clearance SUVs with low range. Pole Creek can get quite deep in the spring. The side trip up to Buffalo Boy Tram House is steep and narrow. The road to Kite Lake can get muddy, narrow, steep and rocky.




5.8 miles to Stony Pass. Another 12.1 miles to Kite Lake. Side trip to Buffalo Boy Tram House adds 1.5 miles one way


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(970) 387-5530San Juan Mountains Center in Silverton

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Submitted by Matthew
We only did the portion of this trail up to the Buffalo Boy Tram House and I do recommend this portion of the trail for everyone to see the tram house. Trail is true to description.


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