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Rangers recommmended that I did not go up the royal arch without micro spikes! Flat irons loop was icy and snowy as it is!

Icy and snowy on trails! Need micro spikes or at the very least hiking shoes!

Hiked 1/12/2019. Lots of snow, microspikes are helpful. Trail is easy to find. Started at 8:30am, only passed a few people coming up, but trail was busy on our descent.

hiking
2 days ago

One of my favorite trails, it seems it is less crowded than some of the others in this area. Hiked 1/13, went up Gregory Canyon and down via Saddle Rock. The top was mostly hard packed snow and the bottom a little icy, I wore my microspikes the whole time and was glad I had them. Took me about 4 hours round trip. Would highly recommend!

snowshoeing
3 days ago

love the fresh snow

a challenging hike especially if you’re not used to the elevation. Incline right away and pretty much the whole time, but definitely worth it.

hiking
6 days ago

Definetly the hardest hike I’ve been on, bring lots of water and a small snack. If you’re from the Midwest like myself be prepared for the elevation difference, lots of yawns.

hiking
7 days ago

We saw 20-30 other groups out on this trail during our 3 hour hike today. Gorgeous views. No snow on the trail, but icy in spots as was mentioned a few days ago.

on Royal Arch Trail

hiking
10 days ago

I hiked this with a group in the fall. Outstanding hike and view at the arch. Hoping to trail run up to the "false summit" in the near future.

hiking
10 days ago

A nice way to spend a couple hours in the afternoon. The dog loved it. Crampons not needed unless you intend to see the cave but otherwise it was fine with just my old hikers.

Nice short hike, rather steep, cool arch. Currently icy in spots, microspikes very helpful.

One of my favorite hikes. IPW is fantastic.

Absolutely loved this trail! It was difficult and beautiful with an amazing arch worth hiking to. We hiked in Arches NP previously and this arch rivals many there, in fact, we were able to get directly under this one and were impressed with its size. The trail was well marked, offered varied terrain, and excellent views. The elevation, icy surfaces, steep inclines, and rock scrambles provided a nice challenge for us, but may make it challenging for some. Many parts of the trail had a thin layer of snow over solid ice, so consider wearing shoes with good traction.

I would highly recommend wearing spikes. It was extremely icy- especially closer to the arch. There were point I was crawling on all fours and had to slide down some parts on my butt because it was so icy. Beautiful views though!

This is a beautiful trail that isn’t that difficult. We went all the way to the top right before you climb to get to the cave, and decided not to climb it. Not worth it for me since the people coming down said it was icy. There wasn’t much snow or ice on the rest of the trail on 12/29.

hiking
17 days ago

Fun to get there! Lots of cool places to climb off trail and great views. Went in December- be prepared for cold weather and ice. Take extra traction if possible to make it easier, not impossible without though.

Great trail & great views. The flat irons are massive and amazing to see!

hiking
20 days ago

My partner and I hiked Royal Arch Dec 26th. We left the pup at home, and I’m glad we did because some parts were icy and a little bit more difficult to traverse. I was surprised to see so many folks of all ages on the trail despite being the day after the holiday and how slippery some of the inclines were. It took slightly longer than I had expected but not too bad. I’m glad the weather held off until after we finished though, because I definitely did not look at the forecast. I would recommend making sure it isn’t going to snow/rain for about three hours before embarking.

Overall, the views were great and the arch is bigger than I expected based on the photo. Glad I brought a full bottle of water and let my small pup at home.

hiking
20 days ago

Really fun trail that has some intense inclines. The payoff at the end at Malloy cave is worth the effort.

hiking
23 days ago

Excellent hike with a beautiful view your reward after steep climbing. Spikes needed in some areas today. Not all the great arches are in Utah!

hiking
23 days ago

Hiked this mid day on 12/22. Light snow to start then clouds and sun. Second half of the trail is steep and a fair amount of ice. Most people were in tennis shoes but we saw quite a few falls. We were happy to have poles and microspikes. The views from the arch are amazing. Great photo opp.

One of my favorites, can’t go wrong in the Brainard Lake area really :) one thing I learned this year: Lake Isabelle serves as a reservoir, and at the beginning of September if gets largely drained. Still a beautiful hike with long lake, a waterfall, and happy doggos. Always see moose up in this area, and marmots and pika often chirp alongside the lake.

Nice hike, more moderate than hard, I was able to hike up and down in less than an hour, but definitely take some time to hang out at the top. Views of the flatirons are nice, and Boulder if you’re into that kinda thing.

Hiked this today on 12/20. Great hike, with a steady incline the whole way (except near the arch). Would have been awesome if it weren’t for the ice that covered most of the trail. We only had hiking boots, but poles and traction would have helped. It’s manageable with just boots, but watch your step, and be wary for black ice. No snow on the trails as of today.

We were trying to hike up Bear Peak and accidentally hiked this one instead. Boy, it was not a mistake! The views are amazing and the trail is challenging! We needed spikes the last half mile and be sure to pack lots of layers towards the top (it gets windy). We would hike this again.

Went early Sunday morning (12/9). Microspikes would have been nice, but by no means did you NEED them. 90% of the hikers were wearing tennis shoes (including me). Just take it slow if you are nervous about slipping.

hiking
1 month ago

This was a nice, moderately trafficked trail.
It was just the right amount of difficulty and ease.
Aside from Mallory Cave, there are a bunch of different trail systems at this open space.

Wouldn’t say is hard- solid moderate. Short. Trail crosses rock slide which is fantastic. Trail takes you to back of first flatiron, which cool, is bit of anticlimax...

on Royal Arch Trail

trail running
1 month ago

On a beautiful Sunday, it was relatively calm and I had the trail to myself for large portions of the trip although traffic increased toward late morning. Packed snow after the final creek crossing and used traction for most of the ascent. Removed for the downclimbing rock scramble 'cause the rocks were clear then put them back on for the last portion to the Arch. Repeated on the descent.

on Green Mountain Loop

1 month ago

Beautiful morning with a nice amount of snow and a little ice. Bring your spikes.

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