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Not a very challenging trail and pretty scenic.

hiking
14 hours ago

Hiked this trail yesterday evening. Encountered a few slick areas, but very manageable, even without spikes. Took 2 hours there and back.

Well it was super icy today but it sure was easy if you have spikes on your shoes! Slippery for sure but if you’ve done it before you know to just keep pushing. If you haven’t done it before.. well, keep pushing! Beautiful fun tough work out. I always take the 1st and 2nd loop, i even took my parents from Texas in today and we finished it in 4 hours... beautiful in the snow if you ever wanna get it :)

Great hike. More challenging than I thought especially attempting it immediately upon arriving from the east coast. Well worth it once you get to the arch.

hiking
3 days ago

Great hike, but beware that it is very slippery and icy with the recent snow. I underestimated how slippery it would be on the way down and I fell several times. Definitely come prepared and watch the weather before you go!

Love this hike. Breathtaking views valley

hiking
4 days ago

There are many routes to the top! be aware when you finish the switch backs that run doing the creek there is a false summit. Go past the trail marker and you'll have to head down for a little bit before a short climb back up to reach the Arch.

Challenging for a recreational hiker & worth it - beautiful views, the arch did not disappoint!

Amazing trail very well worth it

Lovely hike close to Denver. Did it counterclockwise in 3 hours (a moderate pace for the first half and slow for the latter half). Parking was easy at 9a on Saturday and there were a nice number of people— enough to not feel alone if something happened, but not busy. Very peaceful.

My husband, friend, and I hiked this back in 4/2017. It was pretty much my first “real” mountain hike and will always be one of the most meaningful to me. I have a thing with heights but we made it to the tippy-top of the 2nd flatiron! If you’re planning on “celebrating” definitely wait until the top haha. Even if you’re not the most experienced hiker and it’s intimidating, go all the way - you won’t regret it. I definitely recommend appropriate footwear and gear (lots of water if you’re not used to the elevation)! We will be back!!!

hiking
6 days ago

Really beautiful hike with flowers and an amazing view, very well worth it. make sure to bring lots of water!!

Awesome hike. Trail is well traveled and moderately difficult in some areas.

hiking
10 days ago

The arch itself is beautiful. But it is clearly not a trail that deserves a "hard" rating. Most of the hikers on this trail were in casual wear and made it to the top. We saw more than one woman carrying her purse and wearing flats. If you have the gumption and the time, you will make it to the top.

Gorgeous views, different types of terrain on the way up. Lots of traffic for a reason. This is a must in the Boulder area even if once. The Flatirons are stunning. The ascent is steep at times, but it’s manageable even for this visitor from out of state.

11 days ago

Amazing trail! Why is everyone complaining about the crowd. If I was the only one out there struggling, is it even really worth it?

Step clim but completely worth the views! Very transited.

Pretty views but so rocky, and the large number of inconsiderate people riding bikes ruined it for me. I’ll try a hiking only trail next time.

on Royal Arch Trail

hiking
12 days ago

A great workout, will challenge most hikers. Worth the climb, the views are amazing! Wear proper hiking shoes and take water. Did this hike with my daughter in law and we enjoyed it.

hiked it with my 8 and 10 yr old and they had no problem and a get time with the family

Gorgeous Trail. Took us a bit longer than what some other people described about 3.5 hours, but we stopped a decent amount to enjoy the peace of nature. We went during a weekday and only passed 5-6 other hikers the entire time. I think we did the trail backwards as all the signs are to for doing beaver brook then Chavez but we did Chavez first. I would suggest doing Beaverbrook first as Chavez had a lot of scrambling rocks which would have been more enjoyable going up.

I’m a seasoned hiker and this trail kicked my butt! The arch is beautiful. Would’ve given 5 stars if it weren’t for the crowd (6:30am on a Friday...)

You get a little bit of everything with this hike!!! Did this with our energetic pup and we all loved it! Went counterclockwise like some of the reviews suggested and although the last stretch is uphill, I think it was the right move. Highly recommend!

Great but strenuous hike!

hiking
14 days ago

Boy what a workout. Intense hike with some incredible views towards the top. While the trail can be busy (we saw no less than 30 people on a random Thursday), it is really peaceful and tranquil along the trail. Hard but totally worth it.

If you’re acclimated to higher elevations or go hiking frequently this trail isn’t very hard. The terrain is interesting and has great views from the top. I went around 10am on a Friday morning and the parking lot and lower trail was VERY crowded.

This hike was difficult. Lots of steps and up hill almost the entire way. Although it was hard, it was definitely worth the hike! Go early and avoid some of the crowd.

hiking
17 days ago

Beautiful hike!!

Definitely a harder hike with the steep inclines. It was very busy when we went. But well worth it when you get to the top.

very nice trail just very crowded and parking costs 3.00 every two hours or so, starts all uphill then kinda eases towards the end

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