Royal Arch Trail

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Royal Arch Trail is a 3.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Boulder, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
3.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1358 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

hiking

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

views

wild flowers

muddy

rocky

scramble

Start on Chautauqua trail by the ranger station. After crossing a grassy meadow you enter a pine forest. Start paying attention to signs for Royal Arch as a number of other trails branch off. You know you're going the right way when you get to the flagstone staircase.

hiking
20 minutes ago

Loved the hike. Short but strenuous. Beautiful arch at the end. Heavily trafficked even in December. Too crowded to really enjoy the end, but awesome view of the flatirons.

hiking
1 day ago

Absolutely beautiful! Such s good work out, it’s like natures stair master. The hard hike is worth the awesome view you see at the top!

Great hike but there are a lot of people out there, especially if you are out on a weekend

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3 days ago

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4 days ago

Steep, rocky hike. The views are pretty at the top but it’s city and flatland views. I’m more of a mountain view person! There’s also not a ton of room at the top and this is a high, high traffic area.

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6 days ago

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7 days ago

Beautiful day hiking

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8 days ago

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10 days ago

It is definitely a strenuous trail, not for the faint of heart. But worth it once you get to the arch! Bring water and snacks, cause you're in for the long haul.

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11 days ago

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12 days ago

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12 days ago

Extremely crowded - although we did go the day after Thanksgiving. But the hike and views were worth it!

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