Bear Town aka Kite Lake

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Silverton, Colorado (Hinsdale County)
Last Updated: 07/22/2023

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Kite Lake is situated in the Rio Grande National Forest in Southwest Colorado. It is a spur of the famous Stony Pass, which was a wagon supply route back in the 1880's. The San Juans are notorious for their beauty and ruggedness, and the trek up to Kite Lake is no exception. Kite Lake will take you up past Bear Town, which is a virtually non-existent mining town founded in 1893. Evidence of this mine is hard to find, and the trail is more known by its name of the final destination, which is a glorious alpine lake in the lush and scenic landscape nested in the heart of the San Juans. The beauty of this area not only brings lots of people by 4WD vehicle but on foot and by bicycle as well. The famous 485 mile Colorado Trail from Denver to Durango travels adjacent to Kite Lake along the ridge above the lake. And the 3,100 mile Continental Divide Trail from Canada to Mexico crosses this trail at one point. This is a very special place for all types of outdoor enthusiasts.
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