Southeast of Winter Park, the Apex / Kingston Peak Road (FS353) is a 25 mile route open to ATV riding. The road crosses an above treeline bench at 12,000 feet with great vistas of James Peak and Longs Peak. There are some steep rocky sections.
From the north, take CO 119 south of Nederland to County Road 16 (East Portal Road) west to County Road 4N (Mammoth Gulch Road) south, then one mile past FDR 176 (Mammoth Gulch). Trailhead parking is at the intersection of FDR 176 and CR 4N. Turn onto 176 and park there.
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 connects to Alice on the Fall River road, County Road 275.
Note: Colorado residents must register their off-highway vehicle with the Colorado State Parks (303) 866-3437. Out-of-state residents who bring OHVs into Colorado must purchase a Colorado Non-Resident OHV permit which is valid from the date of purchase through the following March 31. These permits can be purchased anywhere you get your hunting/fishing licenses in All off-highway vehicles must have an approved muffler and spark arrester. These requirements are subject to change so make sure to contact the Colorado State Parks prior to using your off-highway vehicle.
Note: As of September 2007, ATV riding on Forest Service roads is only permited on roads marked as open to ATV. All ATVs must be registered.
Overall, Apex / Kingston Peak Road is the 20th most popular ATV riding trail of all 90 ATV trails in Colorado.