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
1637 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

hiking

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

views

wild flowers

muddy

rocky

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.

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1 day ago

Best trail I've been on so far, definitely a moderate, it's steep but not hard and it runs by the flatirons so it's a beautiful view the whole way. I suggest going the long way around heading towards flatiron 3 because you get better scenery that way.

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7 days ago

The Royal Arch is just an awesome act of God! The pictures here don't quite capture how massive it feels (and is) in person. Most of the hike to the arch is beautiful too, but the beginning is definitely more bland. Also, it is very busy and kind of a small area to actually hang out at the arch, so it's harder to fully enjoy it. I found this to be a moderate and maybe even an easy hike though.

8 days ago

8 days ago

It's a challenging hike, but well worth the effort.

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8 days ago

Always a good workout. The views are worth the climb!

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9 days ago

Great trail that starts off a bit boring but gets intense pretty quickly once you're off the gravel road. Challenging verticals and rock scrambling with amazing views that are worth the effort! Bring lots of water and take the Flatiron trail loop for the decent to get a little more elevation and distance - 2,000 ec and 4 total miles. Only bummer was the end of this loop has a dirt road detour on the approach to trailhead.

9 days ago

Good trail, kind of boring at the beginning, just a gravel road. The last climb to the arch is mostly steps, but a good workout. Definitely worth the climb in the end.