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Dec 15. Sections of ice.

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.

on Royal Arch Trail

trail running
8 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.

hiking
9 days ago

The incline gets pretty steep, but it's definitely manageable. My friends and I enjoy going about 1 hr before it gets dark because at the top there's a beautiful overlook of Denver's city lights

hiking
9 days ago

Did this two days ago and didn’t encounter another person the whole way. It’s a good workout. You definitely need Yak Trax or spikes. There was a decent amount of snow in parts and some ice.

Climbed 11/18/18 - Absolutely gorgeous from start to finish! Quick and easy. West side of Green mountain definitely holds more snow than the east side so the whole route is snow covered and beautiful. That said, it's so popular that it stays boot packed. The last few hundred feet to the summit get steeper so I'd recommend microspikes for extra traction this time of year. Enjoy!

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.

Awesome and easy hike! If snowy definitely come prepared because my friend busted his ass 6 times

hiking
21 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!

hiking
22 days ago

Beautiful views. Great trail for a quick (2.5) hike, close to Denver, easy ride to get there. Not a lot of traffic on the trail which was great for our first visit here.

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

hiking
22 days ago

Well-maintained trail with great views of the canyon. Some parts of the trail are icy - wear YakTraks if you have them and your trek will be much more enjoyable. Dog poop on the trail both in and out of bags. There is an $8 fee to enter the park.

Lots of ice on Apex and Enchanted Forest Trail, so take your spikes!!!

Beautiful views on this trail! There is lots of ice on it right now but many ways to walk around it.

Nice trail-pretty views! A little icy though when we went.

Tried to hike this today and it was covered in ice. Decided to turn back shortly after we started. Definitely recommend spikes at this point in the season, especially with the high winds we have had recently.

hiking
25 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.

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

Pretty trail but a bit crowded and narrow. Lots of bikers so pay attention.

Snowy but doable with boots! Great views at the top and not too long

BE CAREFUL at this point. Mt Falcon trail (Castle Trail) is ok except for maybe 300’ of ice.

Returning on Turkey Trot, or going up Turkey Trot, involves thousands of feet (45 minutes) of hardpacked glass ice, even hard to manage in yak tracks.

hiking
28 days ago

Great hike, I would agree with another poster that it’s moreso easy rather than moderate. There were a few icy spots, but we were fine without our spikes. Beautiful views, well maintained trail—I would come back.

hiking
28 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.

love this hike! have completed it a couple times. great to take out of towners who want to see our beautiful canyons, feel accomplished, but not terribly difficult. lots of areas to stop and enjoy the views. fun seeing the rock climbers throughout the canyon. interesting history with the hotel ruins.

hiking
1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

I love this trail. I completed it last month before the snow. The nature and views are beautiful. I loved watching the train pass in the distance. I am a Colorado native so I never really feel inclined to go back to most trails but I will definitely hike this trail again. There is an $8 fee to get into Eldorado State Park, or $5 to park outside the park and walk in, but you can tell the state park puts the money to good use. This has to be one of the cleanest trails I’ve seen. There aren’t too many tactical areas. I went counter clockwise at the loop, so going down the incline back to the trailhead was rather rocky and steep. I almost fell at one point, but it was only for a short stretch.

trail running
1 month ago

Easy hike worth your time.

There are rattlesnakes so be careful, but don't miss out! This is a great workout for people looking to improve beginner hiking skills. Lots of great views, really cool area for rock climbers, and a little history hidden on the trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Tough trail for beginners. Definately a good workout. This is also a very popular trail.

I would have liked to pick up the pace to get a better workout in, but the trail was pretty crowded (granted, it was midday on a Saturday.) Overall it was a nice trail, great views at the top, and fun to watch climbers on the opposite rock face. My friends and I maintained regular conversation without much huffing and puffing and there were plenty of kids on the trail, so I’m not sure if deserves a “moderate” categorization, but it was a great outing for sure. Saw some cool birds, too!

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