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I hiked it last week. Amazing hike! Pretty steep at some points, a great workout for the heart.
My Fitbit recorded 6.75 miles in 3.5 hours round trip. Gorgeous views halfway up and towards the top. It got rainy and windy toward to the summit so bring layers as you’ll never know what awaits you. -:)
Even if you don’t see much because the clouds roll in it feels very rewarding to hike to the top.
I will keep hiking it to keep me in shape.

Happy hiking! Cheers!

on Royal Arch Trail

1 day ago

Awesome views

A pretty constant ascent for most of the trail but the views are great and arch was so worth it! Though the elevation wasn't too high at the end, we had a little trouble with the altitude here since we're from the northeast (brought extra oxygen in case). Distance is not very long at all and was relieved that the descent was not super steep. Highly recommend this hike!

3 days ago

Majestic arch!!!

Beautiful hike! Long one with heavily trafficked trail.

5 days ago

It is worth it! It is not easy. It becomes Very steep and small tight switch backs. Don’t give up at Sentinal Pass. After this it’s kinda brutal because the pass is a treat too. It’s just a bit further and worth the entire stair master. A very rewarding hike. Great workout.

5 days ago

Great hike. Excellent views. Moderate in difficulty. Wouldn’t consider it to be very hard. I would definitely do his hike again.

Great hike. Not for beginners. My husband and I (late 50s) took about an hour to hike to the top and about 40 minutes to descend. Beautiful view from the arch.

T U F F. But worth it. Go early to avoid the crowds at the top, trail is fairly simple to follow except for when it’s not.

Having on two previous occasions hiked Mount Defiance and Dog Mountain each on the same day, I decided to attempt a triple ... Defiance once and Dog twice.
August 31, 2018
7:20 a.m. start up Mount Defiance (Trail #413 out and back)
10:19 a.m. summit 1
12:57 p.m. down
1:44 p.m. start up Dog Mountain (1st loop, Augspurger Trail to Dog Mt Trail)
3:24 p.m. summit 2
4:31 p.m. down
4:48 p.m. start up Dog Mountain (2nd loop, Augspurger Trail to Dog Mt Trail)
6:43 p.m. summit 3
7:53 p.m. down and done
25.4 miles, 10,440 elevation gain/loss, 11 hours, 6 minutes total hike time
23rd time up Mount Defiance, 95th & 96th time up Dog Mountain

9 days ago

Lots of stairs but beautiful view at the top! Not outrageously hard but still a good hike!

10 days ago

Really pretty quick hike. Easy to follow and well maintained trail!

Lots of mountain bikers to watch out for. But I’d def do the hike again.

Hard hike the whole way up but amazing views the whole time!

11 days ago

Not too crowded if you start before 830.

Hiked this trail with my wife and kids. Started raining which made everything slick, but when you make it to the top the views are amazing.

trail running
11 days ago

Trail is very well groomed - there are some rocky sections at the beginning and end but nothing significant. Basically the entire trail is runnable if you can handle the steep inclines. Beautiful views. A NW Forest Pass ($30 per year and valid all over the PNW for many, but not all trails) is sufficient to avoid the $5 parking fee. Make sure to get permit in advance during the summer because they run out quickly (weekends only from May-July due to increased interest subsequent to Eagle Creek Fire).

Despite seeing on the park website Lolo Pass Rd is open, you are diverted to another road and as the previous reviewer stated, will hang left at the fork. Lots of bumps in the road! Parking is just past the PCT marker to your right. Trail starts flat but quickly starts gaining elevation. You have about 1.5 miles of steady elevation before things flatten out. You will come to a viewpoint of Hood and a valley, but this is not nearly the end of the trail! You keep on through a dense yet spaced forest after filling out your permit and continue on Timberline. Once you see a clearing you'll come up on a view of the valley and then Hood around the bend. Quite beautiful and a good workout.

16 days ago

Continuous climb from the parking lot. $5 parking fee. Spectacular views from the top. Lots of people. Absolutely beautiful!

If you approach from 26, the road is closed but the detour will get you right to the trailhead. When it gets to the fork in the gravel road, go left (right is Top Spur). Much of the approach is in the forest, but the views of Mt. Hood at the end are worth it! No problem with bugs, a couple parts of the trail are a little bit overgrown so I was happy to be in long pants.

17 days ago

Even though it was a tough trail with a lot of stairs, it was completely worth it to see the beautiful skyline of Boulder. Loved that they had drinking fountains at the bottom too for humans and dogs! Trails could have been marked a little better and parking was difficult to find since we went on a weekend but again... totally worth it!

17 days ago

Man these people aren’t joking about it being difficult. Trust me. I’m not in the best of shape and it took me 3 hours to the top and 1.5 gallons of water. Beautiful sights at the top but do not underestimate this one. Now I’m laying in bed probably not able to move in the morning but it is extremely beautiful especially on a clear day. You’ve been warned!

17 days ago

Beautiful views! Busy but not too crowded on Labor Day weekend. We saw maybe a dozen other people, but we had the viewpoints to ourselves. A portion of Lolo Pass Road is closed but the detour will take you right to the trailhead.

18 days ago

The Arch at the end is a real treat - it’s incredible that the rocks formed together like that. We are Boulder locals and it took us 1 hour to get up and about 45 mins to get down. I would consider this moderate, but perhaps hard for someone not used to the elevation. The mere fact that you have to hike downhill then back uphill towards the end of the hike is pretty brutal! Well worth it :-)

18 days ago

This hike was so worth it! In google maps don’t search “Royal Arch Trail” because you won’t end up at the trail head. Instead go to Chautauqua Park & you’ll find one of two ways to get up to the trail head. This hike was seriously intense. It took us about 1 hr 45 mins to hike up and about a hour to hike down. Towards the end the hike starts to feel more like rock climbing. But once at the top, the view was amazing and it wasn’t a bad hike back down. I don’t recommend for little kids. Bring plenty of water! We went through 4 bottles easily.

Beautiful trail. Just enough of an incline without making it too challenging. It was a bit cloudy today, so we couldn't see the tops of the mountains most of the time, but still an amazing hike!

20 days ago

Tough hike due to the elevation climb and rocks towards the end. Definitely wear proper footwear that will protect your feet and ankles. Beautiful views from the top! Get there early to have the view all to yourself.

21 days ago

Hard hike, but worth it for the views.

One of my absolute favorite hikes! I love to bring visitors here!

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