Explore the most popular birding trails near Fairplay with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

off road driving
8 months ago

Easy trail and a good views

hiking
9 months ago

I summited this mountain today and I still don't know where the trailhead is. I know for a fact that it isn't where this app is telling you to go. I drove into Fairplay, turned on 4th st, followed national forrest access signs along Beaver lane, you'll come to a cattle gate that isn't locked, open it and make sure to close it behind you, up FS 659 until it ends. Now the tricky part is that there is no trail here. I walked off trail up to the ridgeline then to the summit. Wasn't too bad. I definitely saw a trail at points but nothing that was marked or even well defined. Took 2-3ish hours up. Wouldn't really recommend for the average individual. One pro is that you'll be by yourself out there cause the trailhead is so hard to find. I did have a great time, just feel like this isn't what most people are looking for. Maybe someone else knows exactly where the trailhead is?

hiking
9 months ago

There's no trail head here. Parked on Hwy 9 and walked across. The trail is barely marked u til it fades away. Abandoned shed with blankets, cans, flashlights about .25 miles in. Generally creepy. I'm sure there's another silverheels trailhead but the one on the AllTrails app is not it.

off road driving
9 months ago

An amazing day, with amazing views. Dropping down into Leadville for lunch was a huge bonus.

Amazing historical site!

off road driving
Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Beautiful drive, especially in the fall. tons of aspens on the Fairplay side. Nothing requiring very high clearance.

hiking
Thursday, September 08, 2016

I came down this trail after hitting the four 14er peaks, it was scramble and rocky, definitely not easy. $12 to camp and $3 to park, go explore here for a weekend if you don't live close by.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Did this yesterday and hit Lincoln, Cameron, and Bross!!! Hiked in from Crest Drive in Quartsville and made a loop. Was about 13 miles but amazing!!! Up to Mt. Lincoln from this way we saw nobody and there were only three cars in the lot! Not well know trail head but we found it! We didn't see anyone on the way down either!!! Amazing back road way to hit this popular 14er trail!

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Fun trip - easy enough for beginners as long as you are aware and don't mind backing up when you meet a vehicle. A bit rocky in places but overall in pretty good shape. Drove a Jeep Willys edition and never needed 4wd.

hiking
Friday, April 08, 2016

Kite Lake is a awesome place to hang out for the day, or do some great hiking. Lake Emma is a wonderful place to hike to also. The trail not very noticeable but if you can find it I recommend it. Yes the road is kinda ripped up. Some people reviewing it might be exaggerating on how bad it is. 2 ft is a little over board yes it is ripped. I have a stock Nissan Xterra and it has no problem even in 2 wheel. I see cars up at the top. Granted they have no care in the world for there car at that point but they make it. I have camped on the base of the trail head with minimal wind. Its all about the time of the year you go. The wind I did experience was not bad, but I parked my vehicle in front of my tent and it solved all my problems. There are other great camping spots around the area with no wind if you like the wooded areas.

camping
Tuesday, October 13, 2015

I don't think I've ever camped in such horrible wind. Thought our tent was going to up stake and fly away with us in it. I literally didn't sleep at all. We went in mid October so I'm not sure if the wind situation is better earlier in the year but the bathrooms and signs do say it's a high wind area. I will never camp here again. It's also $3 to park a car and another $12 to stay overnight (although I didn't see anyone checking). 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 campground. The last bit of road after the switchback is swiss-cheese with each hole being around 1.5-2 feet deep. A lot of cars parked on the side of the road before this part and walked the rest of the way.

It is beautiful in the early morning when the sun is rising. But I can't recommend camping to anyone. Just drive up the morning before your hike.

hiking
Wednesday, July 22, 2015

This is the trail to the start of hiking Mt Sherman. Parking can be crowded since it is a 14er. Still very cool to see the mine ruins and nice views. Good and easy for kids but all up hill.

off road driving
Tuesday, July 14, 2015

My Subaru Forester made it!! Take it very slow on West side!

hiking
Thursday, April 03, 2014

A nice place to picnic,see wildflowers, and take a hike to Emma Lake. Most everyone uses the campground for the 14er's in the area.

off road driving
Sunday, March 23, 2014

Scenic road over the Mosquito Range from south of Fairplay,to the south of Leadville. Also a good place to take fall aspens.

hiking
Saturday, October 05, 2013

Not a bad campground to base out of - parking lot always a bit crowded during the day, even weekdays, but really empties out as everyone finishes up the 14ers.
I was there in August and they were just finishing up re-building the toilets on site.
Amazing stars at night if you can camp at 12,000+ and sleep - not everyone can at that altitude.
Several trails that go out from Kite Lake and of course if your up for some scrambling you can knock out Mt Democrat in the morning.
Star and end the day down in Alma at the café/coffee shop.

off road driving
Wednesday, August 15, 2012

A light trail that is great for beginners and light SUV's, Not as much dispersed camping as I expected but some below the pass. There are great views on both sides of the past as well as at the pass. at one point just past the pass on the west side there is a 4x4 trail that goes up to an old gold mine, this is a bit more challenging trail that requires a little more expertise and high clearance.

off road driving
Saturday, June 16, 2012

We drove this trail in a Toyota FJ. As the guidebook says, the east side did not require 4 wheel drive but the west side was a little rougher although easy by off-road standards. We really enjoyed this drive as the road follows water most of the way. There were numerous beaver damns and some great mountain views. The primitive campground toward the beginning of trail looked very nice right along the river. We would definitely drive this road again and consider camping somewhere along the way.

camping
Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Kite Lake is a small campground at the end of a long, bumpy dirt road, in a bowl of 14ers right beside Kite Lake. Which is, of course, shaped like a kite. It costs $3 to park in the lot here then $10 to camp each night. This is a popular trailhead for 14ers Lincoln, Democrat, Bross and Cameron. There are approximately 10 campsites without underbrush, but located pretty widely apart. There is a pit toilet. There are no other facilities except for amazing views, wilderness, wildflowers, a lake, and trails for miles just feet from your campsite. If the campground is full, there is camping along the road in the national forest, there must be a fire ring in place to camp.

off road driving
8 months ago

on Mount Lincoln Trail

hiking
8 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

snowshoeing
Sunday, April 30, 2017

on Mount Silverheels

Sunday, August 14, 2016

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