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Definitely one of the more difficult trials I’ve climbed. The view was stunning and the workout was even better.

on Royal Arch Trail

trail running
19 hours 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!

I got to see a massive flock of ducks and birds it was amazing!

The trail was great yesterday! Partly snow covered but not difficult to manage at all. Views are killer. Wasn’t too busy either.

Today the view was spectacular. The trail to the summit was 1/2 dry and 1/2 covered with a light dusting of dry snow that was crunchy but not sloppy or icy at all. The snow was less than 1/2” deep.

hiking
2 days ago

Trail is in good shape. There is some snow on ice on the trail but easy to manage. The visitor center suggested that spikes may be necessary. I thought I would give it a shot, and that I could always turn around. I made it to the peak with no problem and was awarded with spectacular views. The trial is labeled as strenuous, but I felt it was moderate. I am a flat lander and found the hike as moderate.

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.

The trail is steep. Be prepared to stumble and loose footing. Wear shoes with lots of traction. It’s an adventure for sure.

The reviews don’t lie, this trail is hard. The way up is mainly an incline and the end of the trail is climbing up steep rocks. I ran into a lot of deer, and the trail was very peaceful and the view at the top was amazing. But be aware the way down is very slippery, and I lost my footing a few times. Worth the hike, but be mentally prepared for the challenge!

beautiful easy hike

easy breeze hike. nice views.

windy at top. amazing views.
nice cool hike

This was a perfect hike to get the burn I was seeking, along with the views and also saw plenty of deer, 1 nice buck. I clocked 5 miles and 2083 elevation gain... May have got a little side tracked checking out the deer. Super easy to get to the trailhead and easy to follow trail. Great hike and views if you’re looking to get a workout in. If you’re afraid of heights.... be careful. Very rocky, loose rocks and pretty much straight incline the entire way, loved it. Worth it!

This trail is HARD but very worth it. We saw everyone around us sliding and falling, so be careful! No ice/snow (surprising for december) but pretty biting winds near the peak. I would recommend a pole or two, though we went without just fine.

A great ball-buster of a hike. Love it!

Did this on 12/1/18. This trail is very difficult. I’d rather do Mt Evans 50 times before I ever do this again lol. It was worth it and had beautiful views at the top, but it was hard! The top scared me a little bit with how steep it was along with the scrambling, especially coming down, but I survived. No ice or anything since there hasn’t been a lot of snow.

Difficult & steep trail run, but well worth the efforts

The trail has changed slightly from the published path due to areas being closed for conservation work, but it was easy enough to find my way around. Enjoyed seeing the varied landscape and find the elevation gain to make this one feel more like a hike than a stroll. One section of the trail is closed to dogs.

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..

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.

Pretty icy but the lake at then end is beautiful and it’s an easy climb

Great views and really good place to see yourself a P.D...

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
13 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!

Easy, beautiful views, and close to Denver!

I’ve hiked this trail multiple times. Was virtually empty today. You do need micro spikes to stay safe on the ice.

Easy, close to the city.. Limited shade

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