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Well it was super icy today but it sure was easy if you have spikes on your shoes! Slippery for sure but if you’ve done it before you know to just keep pushing. If you haven’t done it before.. well, keep pushing! Beautiful fun tough work out. I always take the 1st and 2nd loop, i even took my parents from Texas in today and we finished it in 4 hours... beautiful in the snow if you ever wanna get it :)

Great hike. More challenging than I thought especially attempting it immediately upon arriving from the east coast. Well worth it once you get to the arch.

hiking
1 day ago

Great hike, but beware that it is very slippery and icy with the recent snow. I underestimated how slippery it would be on the way down and I fell several times. Definitely come prepared and watch the weather before you go!

hiking
2 days ago

There are many routes to the top! be aware when you finish the switch backs that run doing the creek there is a false summit. Go past the trail marker and you'll have to head down for a little bit before a short climb back up to reach the Arch.

Steady climb. The views half-way up exceeded the actual lake view, but it was a nice hike with some icy stairs.

Challenging for a recreational hiker & worth it - beautiful views, the arch did not disappoint!

Amazing trail very well worth it

My husband, friend, and I hiked this back in 4/2017. It was pretty much my first “real” mountain hike and will always be one of the most meaningful to me. I have a thing with heights but we made it to the tippy-top of the 2nd flatiron! If you’re planning on “celebrating” definitely wait until the top haha. Even if you’re not the most experienced hiker and it’s intimidating, go all the way - you won’t regret it. I definitely recommend appropriate footwear and gear (lots of water if you’re not used to the elevation)! We will be back!!!

hiking
4 days ago

Really beautiful hike with flowers and an amazing view, very well worth it. make sure to bring lots of water!!

Enjoyable shortish day hike. Lake is SMALL. Views back over Estes Park and of RMNP and great!

Awesome hike. Trail is well traveled and moderately difficult in some areas.

Amazing!! Good challenge but certainly not impossible. Tied in with lake hiyaya and made a nice 12 mile route. Really windy at sky pond.

hiking
8 days ago

The arch itself is beautiful. But it is clearly not a trail that deserves a "hard" rating. Most of the hikers on this trail were in casual wear and made it to the top. We saw more than one woman carrying her purse and wearing flats. If you have the gumption and the time, you will make it to the top.

Gorgeous views, different types of terrain on the way up. Lots of traffic for a reason. This is a must in the Boulder area even if once. The Flatirons are stunning. The ascent is steep at times, but it’s manageable even for this visitor from out of state.

9 days ago

Amazing trail! Why is everyone complaining about the crowd. If I was the only one out there struggling, is it even really worth it?

Step clim but completely worth the views! Very transited.

on Royal Arch Trail

hiking
10 days ago

A great workout, will challenge most hikers. Worth the climb, the views are amazing! Wear proper hiking shoes and take water. Did this hike with my daughter in law and we enjoyed it.

I’m a seasoned hiker and this trail kicked my butt! The arch is beautiful. Would’ve given 5 stars if it weren’t for the crowd (6:30am on a Friday...)

Great but strenuous hike!

hiking
12 days ago

Boy what a workout. Intense hike with some incredible views towards the top. While the trail can be busy (we saw no less than 30 people on a random Thursday), it is really peaceful and tranquil along the trail. Hard but totally worth it.

If you’re acclimated to higher elevations or go hiking frequently this trail isn’t very hard. The terrain is interesting and has great views from the top. I went around 10am on a Friday morning and the parking lot and lower trail was VERY crowded.

hiking
14 days ago

Easy out and back hike that takes about 2-3 hours. Lots of shaded areas and stairs. Paul Bunyan’s boot can be found along the way. The lake itself is more like a dirty pond. Recommend going early to avoid the traffic and if you’re able to climb up a bit you can get a spectacular view on calm mornings.

This hike was difficult. Lots of steps and up hill almost the entire way. Although it was hard, it was definitely worth the hike! Go early and avoid some of the crowd.

hiking
15 days ago

Beautiful hike!!

Definitely a harder hike with the steep inclines. It was very busy when we went. But well worth it when you get to the top.

hiking
15 days ago

65 y.o. husband and I took our chubby selves up this hill today. it was fairly hard for us, coming from flatter land and having spent NO time on the stairmaster. the views we're beautiful and gem lake was pretty ( though in Minnesota we have "real" lakes and this would be a large puddle). we like rocks and geology so enjoyed the entire walk. trail was busy though nothing compared to Zion, Bryce, Moab, etc. the sprinkling of Aspen gold was also gorgeous.

hiking
17 days ago

This was a great, short hike with lots of shade. I would definitely recommend hiking early in the morning to avoid the crowds. The fall foliage was so beautiful on the way up to the lake!

hiking
17 days ago

Journey better than the destination. Many well shaded areas with lots of spattered rock formations throughout the trail. Nice fall foilage/aspens midway to 2/3rds up. Then quite a few big steps to final lake/pond. Yes the pond is small, but it has a neat wall of rock around it. Also several openings between trees and rocks with nice views below.

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