Kingston Peak

4.8/5 (75 reviews)
Rollinsville, Colorado (Gilpin County)
Last Updated: 07/15/2022
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Trail Information

Highlights

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 (75 reviews)
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 09/14/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Kingston did not disappoint! Team Hyke ran it today, the only folks we encountered were at the Mailbox. Rainy day, trail was fine. Twenty-eight years between runs of this trail, a bit rockier than years ago. Still enjoyable.
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 09/04/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

This is a beautiful trail but it is certainly a moderate trail! I got stuck behind someone that didn't have the proper vehicle for the trail which caused me to have to stop on a big uphill and get momentarily stuck but I was able to change gears and get myself out. The road does get very narrow in spots and so you may have to wait awhile for cars to pass before continuing. We did bypass the highpoint instead of stopping because there were a lot of cars congregated there but it was still beautuiful. I plan on doing this trail again in order to hike some of the trails there.
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 09/03/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Great trail. Fantastic views. Feels like a few more boulders on the hill up from the James Peak overlook / hiking trail parking but nothing difficult.
Trail Review: Kingston Peak - ERIC D BROWN
Trail Review: Kingston Peak - ERIC D BROWN
Status: Open
Visited: 09/03/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

What a great day! Not a a cloud in the sky and very little traffic for a Saturday, especially for Labor Day weekend. Ran the trail from Central City (Upper Apex Valley to County Road 4N) to Alice. The views are absolutely amazing and the trail will remind you why these mountains are called the ROCKY Mountains. 2021 4Runner TRD Off Road, 2 inch lift, Cooper STT Pro tires. Good clearance is required in many spots and good tires are even more important. The trail is pretty much all rocks of varying sizes from the trailhead all the way to just outside of Alice. This is one of the very best off road trails near the Denver area.
Trail Review: Kingston Peak - Greg S.
Trail Review: Kingston Peak - Greg S.
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Status: Open
Visited: 09/03/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Fun trail, incredible scenery, not too much traffic for a Holiday weekend/Saturday.

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