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on Royal Arch Trail

trail running
3 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.

Great hike in the winter. We only needed our spikes for the stair section that takes you down to the river, which is the most exciting and beautiful part of the hike. Our dog loved it and the 8 miles felt more like 6 miles. The trail should be rated as moderate not hard. One note, the map above is not accurate towards the end of the loop if you do it counter clockwise. The trail has been updated and remapped for the last mile.

Great hike! Nice views of Golden and Denver. Some icy patches so be careful but you don’t need snow shoes yet. Some tight and rocky spots, easy hike close but not too close to the city.

Love this hike, my fav! The change of scenery never gets boring.

on Green Mountain Loop

4 days ago

Beautiful morning with a nice amount of snow and a little ice. Bring your spikes.

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.

Hiked 12/2/18 - Gregory Canyon TH indicates you need to pay $5 cash to park so come with cash. Chautauqua parking is free this time of year so it's strange they require payment at Gregory Canyon.. It's possible they don't require payment but there's no sign letting you know either way. Anyway, the canyon is mostly dry but there's several small stretches that are solid ice. I just used my microspikes the whole time so I could hike fast the whole time with no worries. I used the Range View trail and hiked up to the true summit from the northwest. Came down from the summit onto the Ute trail. Nice quick hike for a morning workout. Took less than two hours RT which includes about 20 minutes exploring on the summit.

hiking
10 days ago

This is a nice hike to do in the winter. It can be pretty crowded the rest of the year. Easy to follow trail even with some snow. There were a few icy patches and one stretch on the north side but the trail was doable without micro spikes. A couple of nice stretches near the river which was flowing very well right now. If you are on a bike keep in mind there is one spot where you will have to carry your bike either up or down a very steep staircase. No spectacular views but the woods and the meadows make for a nice hike. Keep your dog on a leash on this trail. They are very strict and rangers are out watching.

Easy hike close to the city.

My husband and baby went snowshoeing here today; it's a long-shot, but he lost his car keys. Old beat up key for a Scion tC, safety pin, house key, and a silver metal flash drive. If anyone happens out there tomorrow and sees them, please let me know! RhiannonDean07 @ gmail

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
16 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!

snowshoeing
17 days ago

A little tough getting from parking to trail. Good snowpack, could get by with spikes.

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

Great trail. Moderate traffic. No bikes when we did it. Easy access. Awesome views.

hiking
20 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.

hiking
22 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.

on Green Mountain Loop

hiking
23 days ago

Beautiful trail. Tough trail, a lot of uphill and tricky footing in places. Worth the climb for sure. Beautiful views! Be sure you have plenty of water.

hiking
23 days ago

did this a few years ago so going off of memory! I remember loving the views at the top but it was more difficult than I thought it would be. it is a crowded trail for good reasons. we hiked it during July and got stuck it two afternoon thunderstorms, looking back it's funny, but I remember being cold/wet then dry/hot! but that's not that unusual for Boulder

snowshoeing
26 days ago

Today the trail was packed, didn't need snowshoes until that last 1/2 mile after turnoff for Lost Lake. Most of the hike was shielded from wind before getting to the lake. Super gusty today so not a fun afternoon to linger at Lost lake, but saw a few pretty views while there. It's a fun and easy to moderate level snowshoe trail.

Loved this hike! We went 11/12 and it was super snowy! A lot of people had snow shoes but our spikes worked just fine. Saw 3 large moose on the trail! You have to hike about a mile from your car to the trail head, so factor that in! Also, there was a frozen stream you could hike, however with our spikes it was a little sketchy. If you don’t want to hike the stream there is a trail to the right of the stream that goes through the woods in order to get you to the trailhead.

hiking
26 days ago

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

We started this hike to the Mesa/Fern Canyon from the Shanahan Hills trailhead. Saw only a few other people/dogs on an Autumn weekday hike; always nice to feel like we have the quiet woods to ourselves! Beautiful trail — begins on a wide and easy trail and becomes more rugged. Be sure to wear hiking footwear.

NOTE: to complete the ‘Mesa loop,’ you actually need to leave the Mesa trail and get on the Fern Canyon trail. It’s gorgeous — do it! And, keep your eyes open for the ferns!

Currently packed snow and ice on most of the trails. Microspikes recommended.

Fairly easy trail with some great views of Golden, Coors plant, and Denver. Lots of interesting rock outcroppings and formations. Also lots of great places to take pictures.

When we went (11-15-2018) there was a fair amount of snow and ice on the trail. The trail is obvious and we had no problem navigating the ice and snow with just our hiking boots.

If you're looking for something to hike in winter without dealing with unknown conditions in RMNP, this is a good alternative.

hiking
30 days ago

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

snowshoeing
1 month ago

This was a beautiful hike that had a ton of snow today. It was a gorgeous day out and I cannot wait to do this hike again. Heads up, the road to the trailhead was snowed in and we had to walk the rest of the way.

hiking
1 month ago

A fantastic climb with a great summit.

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