Royal Arch Trail

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Royal Arch Trail is a 3.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Boulder, CO that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from May until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

3.4 miles 1651 feet Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

views

wild flowers

muddy

rocky

Start on Chautauqua trail by the ranger station. After crossing a grassy meadow you enter a pine forest. Start paying attention to signs for Royal Arch as a number of other trails branch off. You know you're going the right way when you get to the flagstone staircase.

hiking
4 days ago

Awesome view under the Arch!

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

14 days ago

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

1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

Steep but not as hard as flatiron. Very nice hike with stellar views.

1 month ago

1 month ago

3.5-4 hours at steady pace. Difficult and moderate throughout

1 month ago

Great view at top! Not as hard as bear peak, took us 2 and half hours round trip.

rock climbing
1 month ago

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.

trail running
1 month ago

Fun trail.. lots of steps most of the way up

1 month ago

Stunning views but get used to the elevation before any of you young, out-of-town whipper snappers try trekking it up

hiking
1 month ago

Absolutely stunning views. Gets crowded pretty soon though.

1 month ago

Great hike. Great end result. It is definitely difficult but the views are worth it

1 month ago

Nice views of Boulder and Denver. Went on Saturday at noon, a lot of other hikers as expected. Options for other routes from the trailhead.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail. With great views. Def a must if in boulder

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1 month ago

Great day hike! The views are beautiful throughout!

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