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trail locations for Boulder, Colorado

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

Great views of Boulder.

If going in the winter, be sure to bring spikes! Very slippery but otherwise a great hike. Will definitely do again!

So crowded.

Nice short hike, alot of bang for your buck. Beautiful views of Colorado!

15 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.

17 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.

off road driving
18 days ago

I love it very nice

Flat with lots of prairie dogs and a beautiful lake. Not too crowded either. My dog loved it!

Bring yak tracks in winter,

19 days ago