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on Royal Arch Trail

trail running
8 hours 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.

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
13 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!

hiking
13 days ago

Beautiful views. Great trail for a quick (2.5) hike, close to Denver, easy ride to get there. Not a lot of traffic on the trail which was great for our first visit here.

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

Nice trail-pretty views! A little icy though when we went.

hiking
17 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
19 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.

hiking
23 days ago

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

hiking
27 days ago

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

Awesome hike. Not overwhelming hard but tough for moderately in-shape folks. Mostly climbing steps. Gorgeous view at the top.

Love this trail. Forest provides great shade in the summer. Not too crowded but you do need to watch out for bikes (and vice versa) as visibility isn’t great in some areas.

hiking
1 month ago

Trail was not super tough. I would highly recommend using spikes. I did not and was fine. Just watch where you’re stepping. Though my wife did use spikes and said she felt much more comfortable coming back down. There was an incident with a dislocated hip. Not sure if it was from a fall or whatnot, but it is better to be safe than sorry. As you get further up trail you run between dry land/rocks and icy areas. The end is def worth the hike up. Just be careful!!!

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome hike. Leg burner for sure!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful trail. well maintained and not much traffic on the trail today because of the cold may be. But the parking lot is full as there are lot of trails starting at the same place. I have parked on a close by street. It snowed a bit while I was there and it was beautiful

sick trail

large crowds, leg burner, beautiful trail and views

Great for going on a walk or run! Has views of downtown and the mountains.

hiking
1 month ago

not your average trail. stairway to heaven. seemed longer than 3 miles. arch was stunning, view of boulder and denver as well. very crowded. leg burner. loved it. bring toilet paper, i found free parking away from main lot.

hiking
1 month ago

My favorite trail in Boulder. I do it several times a year in all different seasons. Traction is definitely a good idea in winter. Can be crowded. It is steep. But I still love it. On clear days, one can see out the expansive eastern plains, and the city of Denver in the distance appears very small and isolated.

Pretty awesome hike close to home.

hiking
1 month ago

This was a lovely hike, quite the ass kicker at the very end. Good workout and a wonderful view at the end.

nice

Started at trail head around 930. Was pretty packed at the arch but a great hike. Some challenging switchbacks for people like us that live at sea level. Take plenty of water!!! Gorgeous views of the flatirons and surrounding valley. The arch is absolutely stunning. Will do again when I come back to the Denver/Boulder area.

hiking
1 month ago

Went on a Saturday morning (10/20) around 9:00. Wasn't busy on the way up but packed on the way down. Challenging hike but nice views at the top and the arch is very cool.

Favorite trail in Boulder!

hiking
1 month ago

Rewarding Trail for steep ascend and rocky terrain.
Hiked on 20/10 with no snow, good footing.
Large crowds on the trail but very friendly people.

Really nice and amazing view

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