Yan L. on First and Second Flatiron Hike
Breathtaking view at the top! Not hard but easily get off trail. when you get to the top, there is a side trail behind the rocks (easy to miss) to take you to an open area with great view, and perfect for a picnic. It took us 2 and half hours round trip with small kids in our group. Will come back again!
Yan L. on Royal Arch Trail
Great view at top! Not as hard as bear peak, took us 2 and half hours round trip.
Bring your external battery for your phone. If you like rucking go 10lbs lighter if this is your first ascent. You can make it in 1.5hrs or less if you're in a rush. I started @ 0846 and arrived @ 10:04. But if you're there to enjoy the scenery prepare to feel like Rafiki from Lion King when you reach the top. The park is open 24/7. Its better to get there around 6am if you want to see sunrise at the top. If you're an active person, loading your sac with lots of water isn't necessary. I only took 3 sips going up. The earlier the better bc of the high traffic. It's worth every breath and every step. #SemperFi
I left Aurora at 0400 on a shuttle to the airport. From the airport I took the A train to Union Station. Once at Union Station I took the FF1 bus out to boulder. I got off and transfer to the SKIP which will take you to Baseline Rd. You'll see a Starbucks and Fire Station. From their its about a mile walk to the Chautauqau Park. Follow the drive way around past the Dinning Hall until you reach Kinnikinic Rd and Clematis Dr. You've arrived. Your first trailhead is 'At the Foot Hills of the Slabs' but you want to walk further up the road to the Royal Arch Trailhead.