Royal Arch (Flatirons)

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Trail Stats & Info

RT length 3.4 miles
Elevation gain 1,260 feet
Difficulty moderate-strenuous
Lowest elevation 5,700 feet
Highest elevation 7,023 feet
Trail type out and back
Trails Illustrated Map™ # 100
Restrooms @ TH? yes

Directions

From I-25, take Hwy 36 towards Boulder and exit Baseline Road. Head west on Baseline Road and follow road to Chautauqua Park. Turn left into Chautauqua Park and parking is on the right or follow the road around the grassy park and there is more parking along the road. Trailhead is southwest of the park by the ranger station.

From C-470, take Hwy 93 north to Golden. Follow Hwy 93 through Golden to Boulder which becomes Broadway. Then, turn left onto Baseline Road and follow the road to Chautauqua Park. Turn left into Chautauqua Park and parking is on the right or follow the road around the grassy park and there is more parking along the road. Trailhead is southwest of the park by the ranger station.



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The Flatirons is a great area to hike, as it has the magnificent rock structures that fiercely jut out from the mountainside. There are a ton of trails that wind through the flatirons that makes this area so popular. The Royal Arch trail leads to a unique rock formation and amazing views of Boulder. To get there is a bit of a challenge, but well worth it. The trail starts at Chautauqua Park, which is the starting point of many other trails for this area. The beginning of the trail follows an old paved road, but cars are no longer allowed on it. The road gradually ascends and after a third of a mile, you will come to the actual trailhead for Royal Arch. From here, the trail becomes a normal single track trail that soon begins to climb more steeply. Large rocks make up the “steps” of the trail, which continue all the way till the top of a hill. Once you reach the top of the hill, the trail steeply descends for a little bit, then flattens out. Going down, I had to use some of the boulders to keep my balance while stepping down. As the arch gets closer, the trail again climbs steeply all the way to the Royal Arch. At the top, there are large boulders to sit on and to take a break, but some areas are a bit steep for comfort. On busy and crowded days, there won’t be a lot of sitting areas at the arch. Once you take in the views and eat a snack, prepare your knees for the steep hike down the trail. This is a good hike to start off with in the spring and to get your legs in shape, as most of the snow was gone and despite the steepness, it is a fairly short hike. It took about 2.5 hours to complete this hike.

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