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Amazing views at the arch. During winter months the trail is icy and ice spikes are a good idea.

Great views of Boulder.

13 days ago

Challenging, yet satisfying hike! Crampons and/or poles definitely recommended in the winter as the steep, rocky trail becomes very icy and hard to see when covered with snow. Superb view from under the arch makes the push more than worth it.

15 days ago

Hiked Nov. 5 when my wife's little brother came to visit. Forewarning: there will never not be a ton of people at this park. Most of the crowds will disperse as you make your way up the mountain, but Royal Arch will be popular without much room for privacy at the destination. First bit is wide and paved if you take the left route at the Chautauqua trailhead. The distance and elevation change don't appear difficult, but the climb is a lot more steep than you'd give it credit for. Not overwhelming for an experienced hiker, but something to take into account. A few bigger stepping sections, some which require a brief scramble. Dogs are allowed up but a bit more difficult to manage on narrower trail with big crowds. Royal Arch is unique, and a must-see if you live nearby.

Bring yak tracks in winter,

21 days ago

Loved the hike in winter and summer. Be ready for ice and mud in patches.

Incredible views.

Somewhat strenuous for your average hiker. Make sure you have micro-spikes or at least hiking boats since much of the ground is covered in ice/snow this time of year.

1 month ago

This time of year, bring traction devices to make your life a whole lot easier. Was snow pack, ice, and very slick most of the way up.

Gorgeous hike, the view at the top is completely worth it.

1 month ago

Awesome view under the Arch!

solid trail for a short hike with people visiting from lower elevations. Not too difficult if you're in good condition and take your time.

Great trail and the view is beautiful at the top. There is a steep rocky climb so bring good shoes and lots of water.

Hard AF but great views and fresh air. Picnic areas as well. Great spot for lunch.

2 months ago

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!

It was a great hike but it took about 3 hours. Mostly uphill but beautiful. Bring lots of water!