Kingston Peak is a high mountain peak in Colorado, situated within the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forest. The trail here is often used for off-road driving, and is one of the highest mountain roads in Colorado, at just over 12,000 feet above sea level. Whether you have wheels or you’re traveling with your canine companion by foot, you’ll mostly be above the timberline on your travels and have stunning 360 degree views. These include views of the massive surrounding mountains, such as Mount Evans to the south, James Peak to the west, and Longs Peak to the north.
The trail begins just outside of the small town of St Mary’s, along Steuart Road. You will reach a gate at the start of the trail that is closed to off-road vehicles from approximately mid-October to mid-July due to snow drifts. Hikers are still welcome, but need to use caution.
One of the highlights along the trail is the Rock House, a large pile of rocks that has accumulated over many years from passersby. You can join in on the tradition by bringing along your own rock to add to the pile! Exotic rocks from far away places are encouraged. From the top of the rock house there are great views of Loch Lomond.
The trail may take well over 7 hours to hike round trip, so be prepared to spend most of your day in the wilderness. It’s very rocky and has a couple challenging portions that will give you and your doggo a workout. Since the trail is so high and exposed, being prepared for sudden weather changes is a must! These challenges are worth it though, as you’ll be rewarded with gorgeous views of mountains, lakes, and wildflowers along the way. Dogs are welcome of course, as long as they stay leashed. Remember to always pack out what you packed in, and leave only footprints. Bring your own water and clean up bags.
All in all, this easily accessible trail has plenty to offer for an adventure day with your best pal!
Since this trail is often used by motorized vehicles, stay aware of your surroundings so as to avoid a collision. Bring plenty of snacks and water for you and your pupper. Don’t forget to check the weather before heading out!