Royal Arch Trail is a 3.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Boulder, Colorado 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.
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.
Amazing views at the arch. During winter months the trail is icy and ice spikes are a good idea.
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.
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,
Loved the hike in winter and summer. Be ready for ice and mud in patches.
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.
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.
Hard AF but great views and fresh air. Picnic areas as well. Great spot for lunch.
It was a great hike but it took about 3 hours. Mostly uphill but beautiful. Bring lots of water!
Steep but not as hard as flatiron. Very nice hike with stellar views.
3.5-4 hours at steady pace. Difficult and moderate throughout
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.
Fun trail.. lots of steps most of the way up
Stunning views but get used to the elevation before any of you young, out-of-town whipper snappers try trekking it up
Absolutely stunning views. Gets crowded pretty soon though.