Stony Pass, Kite Lake

Total Miles
18.0

Elevation

3,839.48 ft

Duration

12 Hours

Technical Rating

5

Moderate

Best Time

Summer, Fall

Trail Overview

This area has a ton of mining history and includes stations along the route that explain the main points. Buffalo Boy Tram House and Kite Lake are the main features here. If you have time, take a tour of the Old Hundred Gold Mine. The road is open year round, but closures can occur during spring when it tends to get muddy.

Photos of Stony Pass, Kite Lake

Stony Pass, Kite Lake
Stony Pass, Kite Lake
Stony Pass, Kite Lake

Difficulty

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.

History

Howardsville Townsite is located just north of the start; however, an active mining company now occupies this area. At its peak in the 1870s, Howardsville had about 30 buildings and 150 people. It had its own post office until 1939 and was Silverton's major rival for many years. The ore bucket that hangs over the road as you climb towards Stony Pass is part of a cable and tram system that starts at the Buffalo Boy Tram House. Stony Pass was once a major supply route between Del Norte and Silverton. In 1882, the Denver and Rio Grande narrow gauge railroad was completed into Silverton and Stony Pass was abandoned.

Technical Rating

5

Status Reports

Chris Willmott
Nov 21, 2023
SxS
Obstructed
Deep Snow
Other
Barry Raven
Aug 03, 2023
4x4
Open
Normal
Jack Pennington
Jul 09, 2023
4x4
Obstructed
Deep Snow
Rion Rogin
Jun 27, 2023
2010 GMC Sierra
Seasonally Closed

Access Description

From Silverton, head northeast 4 miles on County Road 2. Turn right on C.R. 4 at Howardsville.

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