Kingston Peak

Total Miles
7.7

Elevation

3,668.79 ft

Duration

2.5 Hours

Technical Rating

6

Difficult

Best Time

Summer, Fall

Trail Overview

On a clear day you can see James Peak on the western horizon. The trail goes just above 12,000 feet, so snow arrives early and stays late. Unlicensed vehicles are permitted, and this is a really fun trail for them. There is parking and camping available on the north end of the trail.

Photos of Kingston Peak

Kingston Peak
Kingston Peak
Kingston Peak

Difficulty

Difficult. Very steep and rocky in several places. Northern part of trail follows a shelf road that may intimidate some drivers. We do not recommend stock vehicles although an aggressive, high-clearance SUV with low-range gears and a skilled driver can do it.

History

Today, Alice is a picturesque mountain residential community. In the 1880s, however, it was an active gold and silver mining town with its own stamp mill. The 'Glory Hole,' a large open pit mine in town, was the biggest producer. Not much remains of the original town except a restored school house at the corner of Alice Road and Silver Creek Road.

Technical Rating

6

Status Reports

Adam Rose Tattoo
Nov 03, 2023
4x4
Temporarily Closed
Seasonal Closure
Timothy Velasquez
Oct 27, 2023
4x4
Obstructed
Broken Down Vehicle
Matt Delassus
Oct 10, 2023
SxS
Open
Matt Delassus
Oct 05, 2023
SxS
Open

Access Description

Take I-70 west from Denver to Fall River Road, Exit 238, just past Idaho Springs. Drive north 8.3 miles to Alice Road on the left, marked by mailboxes. Head west 0.6 mile and turn hard right uphill on Harris Drive. A series of quick turns takes you uphill in a zigzag pattern. At the top, once on Hillside Road heading south, watch for Hilltop Road on the right after 1.2 miles from the start of Alice Road. We start the trail here.

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