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Hiked in Sept 2015. The memories are still so vivid because it’s one of the most beautiful, breathtaking hikes I’ve ever done.

Pretty tough with the ice. Definitely bring micro spikes, makes a huge difference.

Pretty slick and snowy, but well worth it.

This has been rebuilt and much steeper than before!!! Trail is going from rock step to rock step and kinda like doing high hurdles... lifting each foot up high but worth it

hiking
snow
3 days ago

Great first hike of 2019! I really recommend microspikes as it is slick and icy.

hiking
3 days ago

Need spikes right now on this one.

hiking
3 days ago

Challenging climb but worth it!

snowshoeing
snow
4 days ago

DO NOT TRY TO TAKE GOOGLE MAPS ROUTE WITH MOUNTAIN BASE ROAD IT'S CLOSED! Did half this hike on 1/12/19. Snow packed trail approx 4-8 inches great for snow shoeing but can be done with yak tracks! Did the trail clockwise and there's a pretty decent incline about 1/3rd of the way in. Didn't make it to panaroma point due to starting really late but I would highly recommend and am planning to go back soon!

Rangers recommmended that I did not go up the royal arch without micro spikes! Flat irons loop was icy and snowy as it is!

a challenging hike especially if you’re not used to the elevation. Incline right away and pretty much the whole time, but definitely worth it.

hiking
13 days ago

Definetly the hardest hike I’ve been on, bring lots of water and a small snack. If you’re from the Midwest like myself be prepared for the elevation difference, lots of yawns.

hiking
muddy
snow
14 days ago

I accidentally ended up on this trail after starting the flatirons loop and losing my way, and I'm so glad I did! The trail was definitely a bit challenging, by the time I was near the top I was asking people coming down how far it was. The incline is pretty steep for the first majority of the hike, but as you near the end the trail dips back down a bit before heading up, which gives those muscles a break for the last stretch. There are some sketchy climbs on big rocks, but I'm a very cautious hiker and it was nothing I couldn't handle. The view from the top is BREATHTAKING, not to mention the arch itself is of course cool (though I'm from Utah, so I have high standards when it comes to arches). My only big issue was portions of the trail with a certain amount of mud and snow; which of course I kind of signed myself up for by hiking in January. I would recommend this hike to anyone who likes a challenge, pretty trails surrounded by trees, and great views.

hiking
15 days ago

We saw 20-30 other groups out on this trail during our 3 hour hike today. Gorgeous views. No snow on the trail, but icy in spots as was mentioned a few days ago.

great trail - went yesterday and still didn't need crampons or yak tracks

on Royal Arch Trail

hiking
17 days ago

I hiked this with a group in the fall. Outstanding hike and view at the arch. Hoping to trail run up to the "false summit" in the near future.

Did trail on 1/3/19 after the snow storm on 12/31. It was quite a long walk from the parking lot to really get into canyon. The trail is a road that follows the creek. There is a lot of bikers and runners since it is flat and wide. Looks like you can drive but all park and water trucks driving through. We did see big horn sheep and deer. Not challenging trail for waking.

Nice short hike, rather steep, cool arch. Currently icy in spots, microspikes very helpful.

hiking
19 days ago

Did this Christmas Eve morning and had the trail to ourselves. There is trail erosion towards the west end of the loop near Panorama Point from overuse. But rest of trail is in good shape. The ranger told us he saw two moose on the trail earlier that morning. We didn’t but will come again. A lovely state park.

mountain biking
22 days ago

completed this trail in September 2018 as a bike ride. Trail is easy to ride, a little more difficult towards the end, but overall, not a bad ride. We saw 3 big horn sheep. Pretty open trail, not a lot of tree coverage, and there are some places you can access the river for water.

There is a pit toilet at the parking lot at the trail head which was clean.

Absolutely loved this trail! It was difficult and beautiful with an amazing arch worth hiking to. We hiked in Arches NP previously and this arch rivals many there, in fact, we were able to get directly under this one and were impressed with its size. The trail was well marked, offered varied terrain, and excellent views. The elevation, icy surfaces, steep inclines, and rock scrambles provided a nice challenge for us, but may make it challenging for some. Many parts of the trail had a thin layer of snow over solid ice, so consider wearing shoes with good traction.

Great trail. No snowshoes needed yet. Easy to follow and nice views.

hiking
24 days ago

This is a great winter hike. The trail is well marked, is a mix of forest and sunshine, has several bridge crossings (all well maintained) and a small view of snow capped mountains toward the end of the hike (if you’re doing the loop counterclockwise). We brought our boot spikes but never needed them. It was very quiet on a cold Saturday, we never heard hunting activity and the trail has good uphill without being exhausting.

I would highly recommend wearing spikes. It was extremely icy- especially closer to the arch. There were point I was crawling on all fours and had to slide down some parts on my butt because it was so icy. Beautiful views though!

hiking
25 days ago

Fun to get there! Lots of cool places to climb off trail and great views. Went in December- be prepared for cold weather and ice. Take extra traction if possible to make it easier, not impossible without though.

hiking
27 days ago

My partner and I hiked Royal Arch Dec 26th. We left the pup at home, and I’m glad we did because some parts were icy and a little bit more difficult to traverse. I was surprised to see so many folks of all ages on the trail despite being the day after the holiday and how slippery some of the inclines were. It took slightly longer than I had expected but not too bad. I’m glad the weather held off until after we finished though, because I definitely did not look at the forecast. I would recommend making sure it isn’t going to snow/rain for about three hours before embarking.

Overall, the views were great and the arch is bigger than I expected based on the photo. Glad I brought a full bottle of water and let my small pup at home.

hiking
28 days ago

Did Raccoon today from panorama point. Roads were all dry, no 4x4 needed. Not sure the other comment about access roads being closed - this time of year you have to enter from the West public road entrance anyways.
Trail was good. Some packed snow but mostly dry...Didn't need spikes and definitely don't need snowshoes.

hiking
1 month ago

Excellent hike with a beautiful view your reward after steep climbing. Spikes needed in some areas today. Not all the great arches are in Utah!

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked this mid day on 12/22. Light snow to start then clouds and sun. Second half of the trail is steep and a fair amount of ice. Most people were in tennis shoes but we saw quite a few falls. We were happy to have poles and microspikes. The views from the arch are amazing. Great photo opp.

Access road is closed as of 12/21

Hiked this today on 12/20. Great hike, with a steady incline the whole way (except near the arch). Would have been awesome if it weren’t for the ice that covered most of the trail. We only had hiking boots, but poles and traction would have helped. It’s manageable with just boots, but watch your step, and be wary for black ice. No snow on the trails as of today.

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