Stony Pass, Kite Lake

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

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Overview

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. At one point, you cross under an aerial tramway with an ore bucket suspended over the road. You can reach the origination point of this bucket by taking the side trip up C.R. 3B to the Buffalo Boy Tram House.

Rating

Moderate
Trail Ratings Defined

Mildly rocky and steep in a few places but suitable for aggressive high-clearance SUVs with low range. Pole Creek, on the far east side of the pass, 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 and is steep and rocky before the lake.

Stats

Length

20.9

5.8mi Stony Pass 12.1mi Kite Lake 3mi Buffalo Boy

Time

Full Day

High Point

12,650ft

Best Time To Go

July-Sept

Current Conditions

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

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