Royal Arch Trail
ElevationAscent: 905' 276 m
Descent: -105' -32 m
High: 6,896' 2,102 m
Low: 6,096' 1,858 m
GradeAvg Grade: 22% (12°)
Max Grade: 60% (31°)
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“A technical trail that rewards with great views and a natural arch.”— Brian Smith
Eventually, you'll reach a sort of false summit just to the south of the third flatiron. Take in the views of boulder and the surrounding sandstone formations for a moment and then start the short, somewhat scrambling descent. The trail will level out momentarily as it passes through another drainage before it turns upward once more. This is the final approach to the arch.
Be prepared for more tight switchbacks and big steps. You'll have no doubt in your mind that you've made it once you do - the arch is a spectacular sight. From below the arch, there are great views of Boulder as well as the backside of the third flatiron. This is the terminus of the trail and it must be retraced back down as there are no other trails from this point.
Land Manager: Boulder County, CO - Parks and Open Space