Kingston Peak is a 6.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Idaho Springs, CO that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for off road driving.
off road driving
Hiked up with the pup. Had to park down the road about a mile from the gate, lots of snow on the road. Great hike for a sunny day. Might be tough if there were ATVs, but this late in the season made it very quiet. We eventually turned toward James Peak instead of Kingston once we got to the saddle, but the trail to Kingston looked completely dry. Found some thick patches of snow along the way to James. Absolutely beautiful and can't wait to go back!
We went the other direction from the Moffat tunnel. Awesome trail. The trail starts out easy, but starts getting more challenging if you don't have the ground clearance. I will definitely go back.
Great family adventure. High clearance definately recommended in a few spots. Make it a loop and come out north of Central City and Black Hawk.
Had to park a little bit below the gate (closed till 7/15), not enough clearance to make it (97 CRV). Some patches of snow that are easy to cross in the first mile, on road 353 there is some run off, and a couple manageable water crossings. Wide open until with no snow until you get close to the peak, which I did not do. Went up to explore and check it out, will be back in a few weeks to try and get to the top. Beautiful views all around, and an interestingly placed mailbox.
Great Trail w/ great views!! 4x4 is a must!
Great moderate trail. I recommend 4 wheel drive and high clearance on stock or lifted vehicle. 2 tough sections. Small lake/ponds to hike if you need a break. Incredible views! 1 1/2-2 hrs to complete from trail head. Easier if you start on the St Mary's/Chinn's Lake side of the trail.