Kingston Peak

MODERATE 19 reviews
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Kingston Peak is a 6.1 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
6.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1660 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

off road driving

trail running

views

wild flowers

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

off road driving
1 month 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
2 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
2 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
2 months ago

off road driving
2 months ago

off road driving
3 months ago

off road driving
3 months ago

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
4 months ago

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

off road driving
4 months ago

7 months ago

Great views! Some tricky switchbacks.

11 months ago

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.

hiking
Sunday, June 26, 2016

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.