Kingston Peak

Idaho Springs, Colorado 80452

Kingston Peak

Kingston Peak Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Most of this route is above timberline with outstanding 360degree views much of the way. Several fourteeners can be seen from the top, including Longs Peak to the north and Mt. Evans to the south. Immediately west is James Peak at 13,294 ft. On a clear day, you can see Interstate 70 and Georgetown to the south. Enjoy an outstanding birdseye view of Loch Lomond, Trail #28, from overlook at the Rockhouse.

Here a large pile of rocks, deposited by passersby, has accumulated over a period of many years. If you wish to join in the fun, take an exotic rock along to add to the pile. ATVs should access the trail from the north end where plenty of parking is available. Parking in Alice is limited to steep, rough roads high above the town. You cannot park or ride ATVs in town. Western side of trail is rocky with two steep sections. An experienced driver can manage the trail in an aggressive, high-clearance, stock SUV with low-range gearing. The trail climbs above 12,000 feet where snow can linger well into July. Early snows can also shut down the upper portion of trail as early as mid-September."

Kingston Peak Trip Reports

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This is an excellent 4-wheel drive trail, with amazing views for almost the entire length of the road. On this road you can travel from Tolland, which is close to the east portal of the Moffat Tunnel, to Alice, which is just below St. Mary's Glacier. It is a good trip for a full day excursion, especially if you take time to hike on the numerous trails that lead off the road.
The views of James Peak and Loch Lomand are excellent and the route gives you a very good perspective of the lay of the land. (as well as an amazing realization that Mt. Evans and Long's Peak are really not that far apart, both dominate the ridgelines, north and south) The rock memorial at the top of the trail is also well worth some time to visit. (Sign the guest book and a rock as well. They ask you to bring a rock from somewhere else, if you've traveled a long way)

The route does not require technical 4-wheel experience (unlike roads such as Black Bear) but it does require a 4-wheel drive with good clearance and good climbing (and braking) ability. The road is extremely steep in several places, and very rocky. (You also need steel kidneys from all of the bouncing. I felt like I'd been through a blender after a few stretches) The very rough section lasts for a couple of hours of drive time, so be prepared for a rough ride.
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Easy to access. Great views. Looks like there are some interesting side hikes to the hanging lakes but it was too cold and windy the day we went. Nothing too challenging on the drive. My Unlimited Rubicon with 2.5" lift handled it effortlessly.

Trail Information

Idaho Springs
Nearby City
Several options
Trail Type
Skill Level
2-3 hours
Roosevelt National Forest, Arapaho National Forest
Local Contacts
Trails Illustrated #103, DeLorme’s Colorado Atlas and Gazetteer
Local Maps

Trail Log