Kingston Peak

MODERATE 28 reviews
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Kingston Peak is a 6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Idaho Springs, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for trail running and off road driving. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,656 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

off road driving

trail running

views

wild flowers

off road driving
8 days ago

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.

off road driving
15 days ago

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.

off road driving
1 month ago

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).

off road driving
1 month ago

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

1 month ago

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.

off road driving
1 month ago

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.

2 months ago

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.

off road driving
10 months ago

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.

off road driving
10 months ago

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.

off road driving
11 months ago

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.

off road driving
Monday, July 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

off road driving
Monday, July 17, 2017

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

Friday, April 21, 2017

Great views! Some tricky switchbacks.

Sunday, November 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!

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

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.

off road driving
Saturday, September 03, 2016

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.

trail running
Saturday, June 11, 2016

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.

off road driving
Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Great Trail w/ great views!! 4x4 is a must!

Sunday, June 08, 2014

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.

off road driving
1 month ago

hiking
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hiking
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off road driving
11 months ago

off road driving
11 months ago

off road driving
Thursday, July 27, 2017

off road driving
Wednesday, July 05, 2017

hiking
Sunday, June 26, 2016