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21 hours 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.

First 14 for us. It was a beautiful day but there was a lot of snow on the ground. It was slippery on the way down. We got an early start and beat the crowds. The trail was well marked and easy to follow. The trail starts out very easy and starting before sunrise was great. The elevation was a factor for us near the top, but it’s a great hike.

Amazing beautiful Trail! Fantastic rock formations if you go all the way up. We will be back. Camped at
Goose Creek campground, but could have camped on the trail. Got fantastic photos!

Great 14er with some amazing views. Best as a sunrise summit.

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

Amazing trail very well worth it

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
2 days ago

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

Great climb. Went up 10/10/18, 3-6” of snow on the trail for the first 1.25miles. 1’ - 3’ feet! snow drifts from there on to the saddle. We were unable to make the peak due to conditions. Feet were soaked on the way down. 2hrs 50 mins up, 2hrs 10 mins down. Be smart. Be careful. We were the only car in the parking lot. Only ones out there.

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

Mid October. Colors changing. Very pretty. Had our boys in carry packs. Some fun terrain and rocky on the backside of the loop. Perfect first hike of the trip.

Fine little walk around the rock formations. Can get pretty crowded.

hiking
6 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.

7 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.

Decent trail for city dwellers

great hike...Billy the Ranger was a treat!

on Royal Arch Trail

hiking
8 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.

Great hike suitable for kids

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...)

My first 14er today at Mt.Bierstadt. It starts out not too bad, but I agree with these other comments, the elevation totally got to me and I felt like I had to stop constantly towards the steep part of the trail. Still feels like a great accomplishment! No mountain goats or any wildlife that we saw. Super windy at the top, so we did not stay long up there! With windchill I believe it was close to 15 degrees.

This is the most popular hike in Red Rocks and it is obvious why. The hike is not strenuous at all and the views of the rock formations and your proximity to them is great. Well worth the trip and great for families.

This was my third time doing this hike, it is one of my Colorado favorites! Mellow hike with 143 stairs to get to the tower. Panoramic views, similar to 14er views without the difficulty. Not a lot of aspens for fall colors, but the view at the top makes up for it.
To get to the trail there’s 10 miles of dirt road, manageable in all cars. The tower will be closed for the winter starting this Monday 10/8/18.

This trail was about 40 minutes from us. WELL worth the drive, great scenic look overs, lots of rock formations. Unfortunately a lot of off leashed dogs with irresponsible owners, but we’ve been finding it everywhere lately. None the less, we will be back many more times!

Great but strenuous hike!

It’s a pretty hike with some really cool overlooks. The trail is super well maintained so, aside from the elevation gain, I’d put this as an easier hike. Not a ton of aspens out there but the ones that are were really pretty today! (10/4/18)

hiking
10 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.

my favorite trail in the area

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