Kingston Peak

Dare to drive the Kingston Peak

Kingston Peak is a high mountain peak at an elevation of 3.671m (12,043ft) above the sea level, located on the boundary of Clear Creek and Gilpin counties, in the US state of Colorado. It’s one of the highest mountain roads of Colorado. Much of this road is above timberline and is steep and rocky in sections. A high-clearance/4-wheel drive vehicle is recommended.

Nestled in the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains of North America, within the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forest, the rough, native surface road to the summit is unpaved. It’s called Kingston Peak road. Only high clearance vehicles with 4WD are recommended. Though it is too difficult for many SUVs, a 4-wheel drive vehicle with decent clearance should have no issues.

The pass is 25.42km (15.8 miles) long, running from Rollinsville (in Gilpin County) towards St. Mary's (in Clear Creek County). The road is not plowed in the winter. Note that this trail is very often chilly and windy. The trail climbs above 12,000 feet where snow can linger well into July. Early snows can also shut down the upper portion of trail as early as mid-September. The real beauty and focal point is the amazing views you get along the trail. There are great views of the Continental Divide, Loch Lomond and James Peak (13,294 ft).
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