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on Royal Arch Trail

trail running
4 days 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.

When I go to Colorado, I get excited thinking about summiting this peak. I absolutely love this trail!

Great hike! Nice views of Golden and Denver. Some icy patches so be careful but you don’t need snow shoes yet. Some tight and rocky spots, easy hike close but not too close to the city.

Great hike for sure. It is very strenuous especially if you go clockwise up Fern trail. Lots of elevation gain fast. Didn't need spikes for most of trail up until about the last 800 ft. in gain. Also needed them going back down for most of the trail. Great views in multiple spots. If you can, climb up to Bear peak actually and not just as it shows on the trail map. It is a bit of a scramble, but views are absolutely worth it.Just be careful especially with ice and snow. This was a favorite hike of mine now. I will go back in summer months when there is no snow to check it out then as well.

cool trail. beautiful hike.
November got icy, I used spikes to be safe and fast.

Difficult & steep trail run, but well worth the efforts

Climbed 11/10/18 - Sanitas generally stays drier and more snow free compared to nearby mountains like Green or Bear which makes this a great mountain for a workout hike or trail run. Quick and easy. Always seems to be more crowed than Green or Bear. Views from the summit are only of Boulder and you cannot see anything west:(. Additionally the summit block is small and crowded which was an annoyance both times I climbed it. So this is a great workout mountain and is fairly fun but the views and solitude are lacking compared to neighboring mountains..

Easy hike close to the city.

My husband and baby went snowshoeing here today; it's a long-shot, but he lost his car keys. Old beat up key for a Scion tC, safety pin, house key, and a silver metal flash drive. If anyone happens out there tomorrow and sees them, please let me know! RhiannonDean07 @ gmail

I have blisters on my feet, and I feel like I got hit by a train a day after. Will do again!!! ... when I’m in better shape.

Beautiful scenery, Tough as hell work out, wildlife... this was perfect. Bring snacks and lots of water... and pain pills.

Going counter clockwise on the trail was a bit difficult, the trail was tricky at times. Unfortunately I went on a cloudy day but if you are looking for a trail to get a sweat going this is a great one.

been there twice last 2 weeks.
bring microspikes. it will make your hike safer and easier. by the end is windy, amazing views. few people hiking it in November.

hiking
17 days ago

Great hike! Yaktraxs are an absolute must as a majority of the trail is covered in ice. Make sure you take your time; we saw some people slip and fall and it’s easy to get hurt. Although they weren’t wearing spikes those that were were still using caution. It’s well worth it once you get to the top!

snowshoeing
18 days ago

A little tough getting from parking to trail. Good snowpack, could get by with spikes.

Did this trail when first visiting the area..definitely was a little challenging on the way up! Was a great workout and the view at the top is awesome.

Great trail. Moderate traffic. No bikes when we did it. Easy access. Awesome views.

hiking
21 days ago

Some mud but not problematic. A little past halfway we put on micro spikes for slush/ice/packed snow. After that, just before the arch, we came to a stretch where we stopped to take the spikes off. There were more hikers up there today, Thanksgiving, without spikes than with, but we were happy we brought them and others commented they wish they had them. It would have been a slower hike with lots of slipping especially on the steep parts.

Wasn’t hard to follow the trail but use the All Trails app to stay on track as there are some ambiguous forks.

Parking lot is crazy busy with fees required in summer months. Restrooms are at ranger station at the parking lot trailhead. Busy at the lower section, lots of dogs.

Arch is cool and worth the trek, wouldn’t rave about the view - just the front range with former Rocky Flats site at center stage. Views of Boulder are nice as you come back to parking lot.

This was a great workout. The views are amazing. There is lots of stairs and boulders to go over. A bit missing and icy on the back loop going down.

Very pretty. Slick in a lot of places. Was easier with spikes on.

hiking
23 days ago

Impossible without spikes. The trail is ice the entire way. On the plus side, the views are awesome, and we were the only people on what is a normally very busy trail.

walking
24 days ago

beautiful hike, but always very crowded. went with a horticulturist and learned a lot about the various medicinal native plants.

hiking
25 days ago

11/03/18

beautiful peak, but tougher than expected. saw a lot of other hikes even though the weather wasn't great. I'd probably do it again though!

Amazing hike with good technical areas. Go in the snow if you really want a good challenge, but to get to the peak you’ll definitely want trail spikes. Lots of trails to link onto too. definitely one to add to the books!

Well that was hard!

snowshoeing
27 days ago

Today the trail was packed, didn't need snowshoes until that last 1/2 mile after turnoff for Lost Lake. Most of the hike was shielded from wind before getting to the lake. Super gusty today so not a fun afternoon to linger at Lost lake, but saw a few pretty views while there. It's a fun and easy to moderate level snowshoe trail.

Loved this hike! We went 11/12 and it was super snowy! A lot of people had snow shoes but our spikes worked just fine. Saw 3 large moose on the trail! You have to hike about a mile from your car to the trail head, so factor that in! Also, there was a frozen stream you could hike, however with our spikes it was a little sketchy. If you don’t want to hike the stream there is a trail to the right of the stream that goes through the woods in order to get you to the trailhead.

Really great views of Boulder. Definitely an asskicker at times, though not always. Trail was in good condition, with lots of people taking advantage of perfect hiking conditions.

hiking
27 days ago

A great short hike. A little icy in places after snow.

Fairly easy trail with some great views of Golden, Coors plant, and Denver. Lots of interesting rock outcroppings and formations. Also lots of great places to take pictures.

When we went (11-15-2018) there was a fair amount of snow and ice on the trail. The trail is obvious and we had no problem navigating the ice and snow with just our hiking boots.

If you're looking for something to hike in winter without dealing with unknown conditions in RMNP, this is a good alternative.

hiking
29 days ago

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