Mount Royal Trail is a 3.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Frisco, CO that features a great forest setting and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and snowshoeing and is accessible from February until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Directions from Silverthorne: Take I-70 west to the second Frisco exit, Exit #201, turn east towards the town of Frisco. After crossing the I-70 interchange, take an immediate right into the public parking lot. Walk over the footbridge, turn left onto the paved bike path. Hike 0.5 miles on the bike path to the Mt. Royal trail sign which will be on the right.
I love this hike! Especially beautiful in the fall. More hike details + pics here: https://goo.gl/PpCpm4
Short and great views of Frisco and Dillon when you get to the top. It's pretty steep.
Great hike! only downside is coming down. very slippery decent.
Great views once you get to the top!
I love this trail! Yes, it is very steep. Yes, there is loose gravel. That's why the information states that it's "difficult". That being said, my husband & I are late 50s flatlanders from TX and we did not slip & slide up or down the trail. All I can imagine is that people who have this problem are not wearing hiking shoes and/or are not using their God-given brains to plan their steps. Unless you are young and/or agile, gym shoes are not a good choice for a steep trail rated "difficult". Get some hiking shoes, hike slowly, plan your steps, and enjoy the views along the way on this one as well as as the top! As others have said, once you've made the trek, go beyond the cairn all the way up to the highest point. Fantastic views!!!
Great hike with the family.
Very steep and yes quite slippery on the loose gravel when going back down. If you decide to conquer this trail it's worth the little extra effort to go all the way to the point that is beyond what the trail defines on the map. That was the best view, but beware I wouldn't take young children out to the edge.
Reviews are deceiving. Mileage was off - to the top was 2 miles. Steep and challenging up. The downhill - terrifying!!! Loose gravel, I fell twice and slid out multiple times. Not safe, and wasn't worth the views. Views were ok - I think I'm spoiled from living in Summit County, but you could see more beautiful views on easier hikes. Wouldn't recommend honestly.
very difficult.. but stick it out.. worth it!
Worth the difficulty.
Tough walk, great trail.
Awesome view of Frisco and more at the top. Even for a CO Native still difficult I would say hard incline the whole way up, but worth it!
very steep, awesome views at the top, good warm up hike
Ok....I'm leaving an honest review about this trail and I'm going to warn people before you head up this beast. This is the first time I've left a review and I'm doing it because I felt mislead by some of the reviews on here. My fiancé and I are from Texas and so yes...we are flat landers. However...we're competitive trail runners who are in very good shape and so this is not a review coming from some out of shape over weight Joe Schmo. We've hiked all over the country, and this 2 mile hike up Mt Royal spooked the heck out of me. It does go straight up...no switchbacks...and if you're not acclimated to the altitude then you will be bent over sucking wind about every 20 feet. It's VERY steep, and full of slippery gravel that slides when you try to hike up it. When we hiked it yesterday the wind was blowing pretty hard, and when we reached the top it felt like that wind was going to blow us over the edge of the trail. I'll admit that I was very nervous at the top. Then the gravel that slid going up was doing the same thing going back down, to the point that we almost ended up on our backsides quite a few times. So....yes....it's beautiful. But know when you tackle this thing just what you're getting into. This is not for the meek of spirit.
A must do for everyone! 55 minutes will get you up to the rock point if you don't stop. about 40 to the first viewpoint. would love a parachute to float down to Frisco for a cold beer!
One of our favorites for a quick hike. Great views. Looking down at I70 from the top is breathtaking - in multiple respects. Gets the lungs and legs working as it feels pretty much all uphill to the summit.
It was great exercise, with beautiful views throughout.