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9 hours ago

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
11 hours 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
1 day 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.

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!

The loop we followed was Chautauqua to Meadow to Gregory Canyon to Ranger to the summit of Green Mountain to E.M. Greenman to Saddle Rock to Gregory Canyon to Meadow - almost 10miles. Very strenuous on the way up, took almost four hours to summit - we are not from this altitude. Absolutely stunning and worth every grueling bit :)

We went early in the AM and found parking. The trail wasn't rugged and we saw some deer.

hiking
3 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.

An incredibly rewarding hike. Took about two hours there and back; beautiful range of scenery.

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

Hiked while it was snowing and the enchanted Forest sure did live up to it's name! The incline wasn't too bad at all. Cant wait to go back on a sunny day.

hiking
7 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.

8 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?

Great but strenuous hike! We took Homestead trail, which is a small offshoot to the left as you’re heading in, to Shadow Canyon. We enjoyed Homestead because it’s less trafficked and smaller than Mesa trail, which is sort of like walking on a rocky road, but you can take either to get to Shadow Canyon. Shadow Canyon gets to be quite difficult, but is well worth it when you reach the top. Excellent views into the mountains and of Boulder. It took us 3 hours to reach the summit with a few short breaks, and 2:20 to get back to the parking lot. We were worked but satisfied!

We went up Mesa trail to Shadow Canyon to South Boulder Peak trail. We somehow missed Towhee trail and couldn't find Homestead so we took Mesa. That added mileage. The trails are beautiful, especially in the fall. You climb in ernest on Shadow Canyon trail. It's definitely hard but not the hardest I've hiked! You are scrambling at some parts of the trail but mostly just large steps/lunges. Overall great hike! Parking is $5. Get there early for a spot, like 11am?

on Royal Arch Trail

hiking
9 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.

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.

Great but strenuous hike!

hiking
11 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.

Great trail! It’s very long and good for a full day of hiking. Definitely would rate moderate

This was my first trail & I loved it! definitely a good workout & we stopped at a couple switchbacks, but overall this trail made me fall in love with the hike!

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
14 days ago

Beautiful hike!!

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

Beautiful views at the top. I ascended via Gregory Canyon and descended via Saddle Rock/ Ampitheater. The trail was difficult but doable. I encountered quite a few trail runners in each direction.

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