Kingston Peak

A challenging trail with unrivaled views of Longs Peak and Mt. Evans.

Total Miles
7.7
Plan with onX Offroad

Elevation
3668.79

Duration
2 to 3

Technical Rating
6/10

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.

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.

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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