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

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.

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.

Did this trail out and back via shadow canyon on 3/13. In my opinion, it's a pretty uninteresting trail from a view and geological standpoint until the last 0.3 miles, but what it lacks in beauty it makes up for in physical challenge. Trail was completely clear of snow and pretty dry !

This trail was spectacular. We parked at the Brainard lot because the road was closed. Three miles to the trailhead, but pretty and easy. Once we hit the trailhead we slapped on our snowshoes and were on our way. Nobody other than a cross country skier was out there. The trail wasn’t overly difficult but we felt the hills. We’re doing it again end of March. Beautiful trail for snowshoeing.

Spikes needed once you hit the spur to the arch.

5 days ago

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

6 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!

7 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.

Great for a morning hike to get warm and ready to take on the day.

7 days ago

An amazing hike but very slippery ice patches

12 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.

12 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!

13 days ago

Interesting boulders on the way up, easy scramble for the last 100 feet to the summit, great views the entire way. We descended via Fern Canyon, which is much steeper than the ascent via Shadow Canyon. Fern Canyon brings you closer to larger formations, then you can use the Mesa Trail to get back to the parking area. Microspikes needed in late February.

One of my favorite hikes of all time, but difficult to navigate due to snow unless you go in July or August. Absolutely gorgeous. The little lake at the top is quite a climb but worth it.

Beautiful day for a hike! It was a bit muddy and icy but with micro-spikes, we were good. Slipped a few times but we laughed it off. Lots of people on the trail, likely due to the weather. Took us about 4 hours at an easy, steady pace with a small dog.

Great hike but extremely difficult without spikes in winter conditions. If you do this during the winter, come prepared.

14 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.

Gorgeous. You absolutely need snowshoes. The road to the trailhead is closed so tack in another 6 miles rt. Awesome trail. Nobody- other than us and a skier out there.

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

on Royal Arch Trail

15 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!

19 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

22 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

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