Kingston Peak

4.8/5 (80 reviews)
Rollinsville, Colorado (Gilpin County)
Last Updated: 10/31/2022

Trail Information


Situated about an hour from the Denver and Boulder Metro areas, this is a high-altitude trail that is a must-do for anyone in the area as it is the gem of the immediate surround off-road trails in the area. Although they call this the Kingston Peak Trail, the real beauty and focal point are the amazing views you get of James Peak for almost the entire route. James Peak is 13,294 feet and named in honor of Dr. Edwin James, an early explorer, historian, and botanist who was a member of the famous Stephen H. Long expedition to Colorado in 1820.

Trail Difficulty and Assessment

Trail Navigation

The road up Kingston peak is approximately 8 miles long and can take 2 to 4 hours depending on your rig and is generally very rocky with some steep climbs and descents. From this road you can also access the Yankee Hill Network via Forest Service Road 271.1. As described here, starting from the north and running south, the trail quickly climbs out of timberline where it follows a narrow section of road with limited passing, but with plenty of visibility of oncoming vehicles. It first reaches the parking area for the James Peak Lake hiking trailhead just prior to climbing to the highest point. You then descend into a flat area before making a steep climb up to a knob just prior to the final descent into Alice and St. Mary's Glacier.

Trail Reviews

4.8/5 (80)
Official Crew
Seasonal Closure
Rated 5/5
Visited: 10/31/2022

Closed for the season!!!
Rated 4/5
Visited: 10/30/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Tired to make it up the trail from the north spade today, but there was too much snow for me to get to the top. 4Runner with 3” lift and 285’s, but without any lockers. We made it up to waypoint 6, but had to back down not to long afterwards, the trail was shaded and had 10-12” of snow on it from last weeks storm. If I wasn’t alone, or had lockers, I probably would have press on.
Rated 5/5
Visited: 10/10/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Views did not disappoint and trail was in decent condition for the end of the season!
Rated 5/5
Visited: 10/09/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Beautiful views at the top, east side trail start is a bit overgrown on the edges and branches will be dragging along your side at some points. Overall easy and non-technical. Stock Jeep Gladiator.
Visited: 10/01/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

We 4 wheeled over the James Peak trail starting on the St Mary's glacier side and connecting to another trail to end in Black hawk. I have a Nissan Frontier Pro 4x with 2 1/2in extra lift and rock sliders. The truck handled it great, I just bumped the skid plate and rock rails a couple of times. Gate is still open and we beat out a rain storm. Amazing views of Long's peak, James Peak, and Loch Lomond lake.

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