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Apex/Kingston Peak

Basics
Location:
About 10 miles north of Idaho Springs
Surface:
Dirt
Vehicle Type:
ATV,
4wd Vehicle
Length:
25 miles
Difficulty:
Intermediate
Time:
2 to 3 hours
Season:
Mid-summer to fall

Description

The Kingston Peak road crosses an above-treeline bench at 12,000 feet elevation for spectacular views of nearby James Peak, as well as more distant views of Longs Peak to the north to Mt. Evans to the south. The elevations means there is snow until late in the year so the season is short. Much of the distance is on the high-clearance 2WD Apex Road. About 8 miles is true 4WD, with some quite steep, rocky sections near the top. The road passes the trailhead for the James Peak Lake and Ute Trails, and also a trail to James Peak.

Details

Location:
About 10 miles north of Idaho Springs
Surface:
Dirt
Setting:
Above treeline bench with high mountain views
Vehicle Type:
ATV
4wd Vehicle
Length:
25 miles
Difficulty:
Intermediate
Time:
2 to 3 hours
Season:
Mid-summer to fall

Map + Directions

Basic Directions
From the north, take CO 119 south of Nederland to County Road 16 (East Portal Rd.) to County Road 4N (Mammoth Gulch Rd.) then 1 mile past FDR 176. From the south take County Road 4 (Apex Road), from CO 119 near Clear Falls, two miles north of Blackhawk. The Kingston Peak road also connect to Alice on the Fall River road, County Road 275.
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