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This was a really fun hike. There were a few icy patches, but overall it was clear. It was challenging because it climbs a lot over low mileage. Great views and the arch is amazing.

We enjoyed our hike today but there was a lot of ice and snow on the trail. Crampons would have been very helpful.

This is my go to trail! You get a great view at the top and there’s a metal plate that shows you all the mountain ranges to the west at the top! It starts off easy but gradually gets harder.

The trail is still somewhat icy at the moment. But if you have your spikes, this is a fun, fairly quick hike that will get your heart rate up and reward you with a gorgeous view from the arch at the top.

3/14/18 - today was warm, about mid 60's, so there wasn't any ice at the top. A few sections of the packed show was a little wet and slippery, but not difficult at all. I had brought microspikes just in case and didn't need to use them.

Trail was very nice. Some ice but you can get around it, also Mud. Towards the end there are rock stairs, so there is a bit of a climb. The summit was very nice, not amazing. Small area once you reach the top so if it's a busy trail day, it will definetely be crowded. I only gave it 3 stars because the summit view was not that impressive, the trail itself was very pretty.

Beautiful view! A decent climb. DEFINITELY need to have your spikes with you for some parts. Very icy near the beginning of the Arch trail and just before you get to the Royal Arch. If you have walking sticks or gloves for holding onto rocks etc then I recommend that also. I was very scared of going down but I have never walked on an icy trail/never ice-skated or been skiing so it was a whole new experience for me. Other people were running up and down there - making sure to step on the rocks and dry parts. I’m so glad I did it though.

Did this hike with my 12 year old daughter. Started around 10:00 am and it wasn't very busy. Got to the top and took in the view for a few minutes. Made it back down around 11:30 and it was considerably busier. Great hike, strenuous but not difficult. there was some icy spots (mid March) so be careful. Great day hike, I recommend it.

Spikes needed once you hit the spur to the arch.

6 days ago

Awesome views! Be prepared for ice at this time and a steep climb. Very rewarding hike!!

7 days ago

Royal arches was absolutely stunning. Highly recommend to anyone although be warned it is icy in some spots as of (3/11). Definitely work the trek!

Easy hike with rewarding views. The trail was a bit icy in some spots but overall it was in good condition.

Coil treads recommended for winter hike to reach the top

8 days ago

3/10/2018 Saturday: The weather has been in the mid-60s this week, and the high was 53 today, so it was a beautiful day for this hike. Despite that, there was a decent amount of ice on this trail and I would HIGHLY recommend microspikes. I only used them on certain portions of the trail, but they were crucial, particularly in the area right below the arch. Everyone who I encountered that day fell and slipped on the ice.

This hike is in Chatauqua Park and there is a large parking lot. There is a map of the area at the trailhead and a ranger station. Even in the off season, I passed about 15 people on this hike and I started at 5pm, so I imagine it is much more heavily used in the spring and summer.

8 days ago

An amazing hike but very slippery ice patches

11 days ago

Lovely open areas

13 days ago

A hike right around boulder admits the flatirons. Pretty neat trail. Majority of trail is incline up. We started on Chautauqua and went left til we made it to royal arch trail. Lots of step type, fairly steep. Definitely very icy and would recommend spikes. People were sliding in certain parts. The rock is your friend for foot grip. Did it in boots but those with spikes seemed like ice wasn’t as much of a challenge. View is spectacular.

13 days ago

Did the hike with the family last weekend. Lovely views and good workout. End of February is icy towards the top, so I recommend crampons.

Great workout and a very cool ending with the rock structure and the views of the city! I would %100 recommend doing this with YakTraks minimum until there's a few more warmer days, I wish I had spikes because that whole trail was icy, snowy stairs today! A few people somehow got up with just tennis shoes but that descent was going to be miserable. Definitely a good trail to start working up to difficult trails since it's shorter so you don't get super overwhelmed! Also the park has pretty decent parking but it does fill up fast!

Icey but beautiful!

15 days ago

Slightly icy in the beginning and towards the top today. Temperature was very warm 50F+ with the sun beaming down I had only a long sleeve on the whole time. Coming down the other side there was a ton of packed snow and ice. Would have been quite a bit more difficult without crampons. Try and get there pretty early as it can get pretty packed at the top later in the day.

Beautiful hike. Did it back in February with crampons and snow.

on Royal Arch Trail

16 days ago

hiked it in feb w s decent amount of snow..would recommend microspikes and poles of upu need help on inclines. i prefer snow trails and this one was gorgeous.

17 days ago

Amazing trail, and views. Definitely a challenge for beginners but you can do it! :) And don’t forget good shoes and gear!

20 days ago

Hiked this today under clear blue sky and no wind. Amazing. Packed snow on entire route with little ice. We wore spikes but saw plenty of people without them. They were helpful on the steep sections though. The arch is pretty cool - a nice reward that pops up suddenly at the end.

Hiked this today, starting around 10:30am. The trail is so much calmer this time of year when the crowds die down. Spikes were definitely helpful, though not necessary. I’m not a particularly fast hiker, but I was lapping hikers without spikes. Beautiful hike with fantastic views of both sides of the mountain.

This was my first hike in Colorado back in the summer time. I’ve hiked it a few times now but it always takes a bit out of me. Granted, I run and climb mostly, but compared to other hikes I’ve been on, ran and climbed on, the flat irons manage to be a great work out for me.

PS: climbing the actual flat iron itself is amazingly ballsy but reaps a great reward.. I did it with no equipment at all (not at all smart but I’m risky), and I first off: I felt a great sense of gratitude as I made it alive because climbing down wasn’t much of an option so I had to climb all the way up.. but secondly the physical relief of making it to the top and resting and taking in the view.. man. I’d do it again but it requires quite a bit of focus ha

23 days ago

hiked the day after a big snow in the early morning. loved everything about it. feel once because I didn't have spikes. I also made a video of the hike on my YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/NY_pbA2SJvM

On a clear day the views at the top are stunning! Took about 4 hours RT with a 30 min break at the top, so it makes for a perfect day hike from Denver. Overall a steady uphill climb but frequent places to stop and take a break. Trail is clearly marked as well. The loop back down is incredibly icy and shaded, so spikes/traction are a plus.

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