Yankee Hill, Kingston Peak ATV Trail

Central City, Colorado 80427

Yankee Hill, Kingston Peak ATV Trail

Yankee Hill, Kingston Peak ATV Trail Professional Guide

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"A tangle of rugged, remote trails between Central City and Alice. Most of area is between 9,000 and 12,000 feet with sweeping views above timberline. One overlook, near Yankee Hill, looks across valley to St. Mary’s Glacier. Another, near Kingston Peak, looks down on scenic Loch Lomond.

The trail begins near Central City on mostly easy roads. After a few miles, roads narrow and become rockier. A key fork at Waypoint 04 sends you in two completely different directions. Left goes past Yankee Hill on a more direct route to Alice. Right drops through Miners Gulch to connect with F.S. 353 that takes you over Kingston Peak towards Alice. You must eventually turn around on both routes because ATVs are not allowed to ride through Alice."

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Guide to Northern Colorado Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails (FunTreks)
Charles A. Wells
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"You’ll climb steeply out of Alice to high views of St. Mary’s Glacier. Side trip to top of Yankee Hill is steep and rough. Consider alternate approach to trail via Cumberland Gulch or add it as an extra loop. Trail ends at popular gambling towns, Central City and Blackhawk. Several interesting cemeteries west of Central City. To bypass Central City, follow easy York Gulch Road south from Waypoint 07 to reconnect with Fall River Road. If you are starting the trail from Central City, see reverse directions next page. Good area for ATVs, but you must park on forest roads not town streets. ATVs should consider entering via Cumberland Gulch Road 271.1. If camping, consider starting at other end from Columbine Campground and entering area via F.S. 739.1 (see map). Rocky and steep in places on the western half. Eastern half is rough in spots but easy. Side roads can be difficult. Roads are poorly marked and route-finding is challenging. A GPS unit and good topographic map are extremely helpful on this trail."

Yankee Hill, Kingston Peak ATV Trail Trip Reports

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Overall a good UTV trip. We did 23.6 miles on this. Still snow on top of Kingston peak so was not able to get to the top but was still a good ride
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Great trail! Not as difficult to navigate as you might think based the description.
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This is a great drive with some incredible scenery. I do need to make sure you know that the intersection signs for Bald Mountain Road have been changed and if you take the left fork you will end up in Nevadaville. Really a great little town with a population of 4 and an interesting store and a pleasant owner, it is worth the short side trip.

The road becomes very rough beyond the intersection of 739.1, 277.3 and 175.1. One major problem is that the road sign designations have been removed in a number of spots. This makes staying on the right road difficult.

Also need to know that in many spots the road has become a dry stream bed and is washed out. With care and a good high 4X4 you can make it. Found many people with ATV’s and motorcycles back in this area. They were very nice and helpful.

One of the most incredible views is of the Glacier.

I would recommend this road (trail/dry creek bed) to anyone. I would also recommend that you go prepared and expect to spend more then 2 hours traveling from Central City to exit on 275.

Good luck and Good traveling

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Trail Information

Central City
Nearby City
Trail Type
6 hours
Best summer and fall
Arapaho National Forest
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