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

horseback riding

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

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
14 hours ago

hiked the day after a big snow in the early morning. loved everything about it. feel once because I didn't have spikes. I also made a video of the hike on my YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/NY_pbA2SJvM

13 days ago

Great trail, definitely felt the burn. Probably wear hiking shoes next time! Ice was pretty slippery

15 days ago

hiked yesterday, beautiful views, definitely worth it! only went up with hiking boots, no spikes and did just fine, but spikes would have helped on the icy parts.

hiking
18 days ago

Trail gets icy af past the shelter and across the creek. Really wish I wouldn’t have left my spikes at home...

hiking
18 days ago

Super awesome trail! Spikes would have helped a bit, but beautiful views!

20 days ago

Most people today, including my group, didn’t have spikes. Going up is fine, but VERY slick going down...lots of people slipping. Although it was a 60 and sunny day, spikes were definitely still needed.

23 days ago

Quite a bit of elevation with lot of ice/snow. Spikes are a must.

hiking
23 days ago

This trail was a lot of fun if you’re looking for a nice challenge. I would definitely advise wearing spikes because there are some pretty slippery spots. Very sore and very happy!

hiking
26 days ago

Great hike, beautiful views from the top, nice workout. Definitely recommend using micro spikes.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike - beautiful arch. The trail was pretty quiet for a Sunday and I didn’t see many people which was a plus. Icy in some parts, but fit for adventurers and hikers with spikes.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Great workout! Great trail and views!!

hiking
1 month ago

I made the mistake of doing an isolated glute workout prior to hiking this trail. But when you made the 40 minute drive commitment to Boulder, you do the Royal Arch Trail. Period. Instagram butt here I come!

The people on the trail are very kind. Although people’s definitions of “almost there” vary. It was hard to tell if some people were just being motivating or if they had blacked out for the last 30 minutes and didn’t understand how far they hiked down from the top.

1 month ago

Not too icy, totally hikeable and great views!

hiking
1 month ago

We love this hike! Great workout and gorgeous views. We hiked it yesterday (1/7). It was icy in places, but there were enough rocks and dirts spots to make it up safely. We had on hiking boots.
Enjoy!

1 month ago

I liked the trail. I was pretty icy when I went.

hiking
1 month ago

This was one of the hardest trails I've done before. We lose few times before we found a way to the Royal Arch trail. The signs are not clear. Ended up hiking 4 hours but definitely not regret that we got lost. It will be too hard for little kids, maybe under 10 unless they are tough.

1 month ago

Awsome! Yet, did not complete because of the ice.

hiking
1 month ago

12/31/17 - 2.5 hours with micro spikes. Will make your life easier. My Berner was also able to to hike this with no problem at all. It was a white out at the top but very peaceful. Saw about 7-10 people on this trail. Very good workout on the way up, smooth sailing on the way down (if you have spikes).

1 month ago

One of my favorite short but sweet hikes. HIGHLY recommend traction now - many spots are very slick and I saw several people slip and fall on the way up and down.

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