It's usually insanely windy and cold on Kingston Peak, and this trip was no exception. Monica didn't have a muffler attached, so she had her windows out and it made things a lot colder. Still, the sun was out and the scenery was gorgeous.
We started at the trail's intersection with Apex Road so we missed the climb up from Rollinsville. That put us at the mud puddles pretty quickly, just after we climbed above timberline. Monica and Walt bypassed the mud, but Mark got in it.
Mark remembered them being a bit more shallow, so he went through them with a lot of gusto. That meant he got some great splashes and had a great time in the muddy water.
After the puddles we headed off to the long portion of shelf road before the overlook at the James Peak hiking trail. It was very windy, but beautiful. We didn't see anyone else on the trail, so we didn't have to worry about passing anyone here.
When we got to the overlook, it was really, really windy. Mark got out, but Walt and Monica stayed in their vehicles. We didn't stay long in that wind!
The climb up from the overlook is always a good time. No one had any issues as we all enjoyed the hill.
The views at the top were phenomenal, and we all noted that we could still see the bad weather below us. We wondered if it was raining and just as cold.
We were quickly down to the low part and working our way across it to the next hill. When we went up the hill we noticed that the alternate routes were closed now. There is only one route up the hill, but it was still a fun one.
Once at the top, we stopped at the rock house. Walt put a new rock on the house for good luck, and everyone snapped pictures of Loch Lomond and Chinns Lake below us.
The "enchanted forest" was as strange as ever as we worked our way down the hill to Alice. When we got to Alice we decided that we'd add another new trail to the day and head over to do Chinns Lake. Kingston Peak is one of our favorites, even if it's too windy to even walk around. It was a beautiful trail.
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