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Kingston Peak

1 Review
Location Idaho Springs, CO
Rating Difficult,
Length 7.6mi
Time 3hrs

Vehicle Types

Overview

Panoramic views above timberline.

Most of this route is above timberline with outstanding 360-degree views much of the way. On a clear day, Longs Peak and Mt. Evans can be seen in the distance. Stunning James Peak, at 13,307 ft., dominates the western horizon. The highest point of the trail slightly surpasses 12,000 ft., so it usually opens late and closes early due to snow. There are no seasonal gate closures, however. This is a great area for unlicensed vehicles, but we recommend starting on the north end where there is a large parking area at Waypoint 03. From this spot, you can also head south to connect with a massive network of roads around Yankee Hill, Trail # 45. Unlicensed vehicles are not allowed in the town of Alice.

Rating

Difficult
Trail Ratings Defined

Very steep and rocky in several places. Northern part of trail follows a shelf road that may intimidate some drivers. Aggressive, high-clearance SUVs with low-range gears only. Wait for the snow to melt completely.

Stats

Length

7.6mi

Time

3hrs

High Point

12,030ft

Best Time To Go

June-Sept

Current Conditions

(303) 567-3000Arapaho N.F., Clear Creek R.D.

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Heinrich van Jaarsveld says

There is a seasonal closure gate on the south side of the trail, less than half a mile from the Rockhouse, as you get back into the treeline/as you depart the treeline (depending on which direction you're going). In 2019, this opened after July 21st, but is intended to be open on 07/15 each year, conditions depending.
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