Kingston Peak OHV Route

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Arapaho National Forest

Kingston Peak OHV Route is a 4.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Idaho Springs, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for running and ohv/off road driving. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 4.8 miles Elevation Gain: 1,263 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

ohv / off road driving

running

views

wild flowers

rocky

snow

Note: This route closes in the winter when conditions become too snowy. While you are allowed to hike here, this route is primarily used by off road drivers. All vehicles must be either street-legal or registered annually through Colorado State Parks' OHV Registration Program.

ohv/off road driving
closed
icy
rocky
snow
6 months ago

trail closed for the season. the country road to the trail head was snow covered and slippery but still pretty fun (short) drive in the RaptorRaptor.

recorded Kingston Peak OHV Route

ohv/off road driving
rocky
snow
7 months ago

hiking
rocky
7 months ago

Still open, extreme winds

ohv/off road driving
8 months ago

Is it still open?

ohv/off road driving
8 months ago

Took my stock 02 Avalanche out on the trail, I had plenty of fun. Found what I need to do to make the landslide more off road capable. will be coming back up before it gets closed this season.

ohv/off road driving
rocky
9 months ago

Beautiful scenic drive, very rocky, no obstacles to speak of. Pretty much any stock rig could get through here.

recorded Kingston Peak OHV Route

hiking
rocky
9 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

Take Road 353 at the first three way fork in the trail. 353 is the left most road at the fork.

ohv/off road driving
rocky
9 months ago

tons of fun! met great people and had a blast! just got our Rubicon and this and Loch Lamond were our first trails ... nothing too difficult ...

ohv/off road driving
10 months ago

Just talked to the visitor office in Idaho Springs regarding trail opening. Said they are waiting for the last big drift to melt. They are hoping for 7/21 but could be a few days after that. All depends upon the snow melting.

ohv/off road driving
rocky
10 months ago

From town heading North; trail is open till timberline, there is a closed locked gate. Again this is right at timberline which is about a 1/4 mile from Rock House. Trail is mostly rocky, a couple moderate spots but I had no troubles getting to timberline in my 2015 GJC. Lots of beautiful views and some nice camping spots.

ohv/off road driving
Mon Sep 24 2018

+beautiful trails above the treeline +more trails than what the app said +beautiful lakes -1 or 2 mildly challenging spots -nearly all very rocky, but I imagine that comes with the altitude

ohv/off road driving
Mon Aug 06 2018

Went for a ride with 7 other jeeps today. Awesome trail - nice length. Took up most of the day with the occasional stop to take in the sights. Gets very narrow/steep at some points so if you’re going with a group make sure you look ahead. A few tricky spots but my stock JL made it no problem.

ohv/off road driving
Mon Jul 30 2018

A great way to get to some Alpine views quickly and without incident, also great for avoiding the crowds on St. Mary's and Loch Lomond. Gate open as of July 28th 2018 and almost totally dry up there. Rocky and uneven, but there are bypasses at all the tricky spots and nothing too intense. - no steep drop-offs, etc.

ohv/off road driving
Tue Jul 10 2018

Just came back from a road trip. I drove from south to north , 3 hours with few stops for breaks and photos. Amazing view! Pretty sure that driving from north to south could be more difficult, you will have two very steep hills. Didn't have any problems with my Bubba (Wrangler Sport, 2 doors, 35 tires, 2.5" lifted).

ohv/off road driving
Mon Jul 09 2018

We came in from Mammoth gulch around 8 pm and came out at Hill top rd around 1am. Xj with 33’s and 4.5 inch long arm lift. 7/7/18

Sun Jul 08 2018

They aren't opening this up to vehicles until July 15th according to a little birdie. I hiked up it a couple weeks ago and still saw a few vehicles and a couple drifts. How did they get up there? Two weeks ago I went again on foot and most of the snow drifts are gone but it's been getting hit with rain.

ohv/off road driving
Sat Jun 16 2018

Pretty rocky. Only made it to the gate about 1.5 miles up from the neighborhood. Super easy up to that point. 3rd gen 4Runner 3inch lift.

Sat May 19 2018

Road blocked off by snow drifts that are impassable as of May, 19 2018. In a 4 inch lifted jeep it was not possible for us. Come back when its warmer.

ohv/off road driving
Mon Sep 25 2017

This is a fairly easy trail with an 4 wheel drive. I have a Silverado with 6" lift on 35" and had no issues at all. I will need to try again earlier in the summer. Was socked in with heavy fog and sleet/snow. Make sure you leave you rock at the mailbox. Everyone does.

ohv/off road driving
Tue Sep 19 2017

Great trail to follow with so much to see. Take the full day and go all the way up and around down to Black hawk. Great way to spend a whole day in the mountains.

ohv/off road driving
Sun Sep 10 2017

This is a great trail, especially if you have a full day to take your time. Can be completed with 4x4s with a little higher ground clearance. I did this with a nearly stock '01 Jeep Wrangler Sahara, no sweat. We had a large moose walk over the trail about 200 ft in front of us, what a treat.

ohv/off road driving
Mon Jul 24 2017

Need a mid clearance car or you will bottom out and get stuck. Very good trail for beginners looking for off road experience Also, can't drive all the way up. Vehicles are prohibited past the seasonal gate the other guy was talking about I believe..... it was open when I went

ohv/off road driving
Mon Jul 17 2017

it looks really cool but the seasonal gate that was supposed to open on July 15th was still closed.

Fri Apr 21 2017

Great views! Some tricky switchbacks.

Sun Nov 27 2016

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!

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