If you are looking for a short hike that gives you the best experience, then Royal Arch trail is ideal for you. It is located near Boulder, Colorado. This out and back trail is rated as difficult and requires you to be physically fit. The trail length is 3 miles and the elevation gain is 1,377 feet. It will take you around 2-3 hours to finish a round. You can also take your dogs with you.
The hike begins from the Chautauqua Park trailhead. From there you can take the Bluebell Road Trail and reach the Bluebell shelter. At the Bluebell shelter, you will see signs that will direct you towards the Royal arch trail.
Pretty soon you will enter Blue Canyon, from where the Royal arch trail will descend before gaining the elevation. This part of the trail is amazing especially, in the morning.
The higher you go the more stairs you will encounter. This involves a bit of hard work, so you should make sure that you are going hiking when it’s not crowded. The Royal arch trail is one of the most overcrowded trails you will get to hike. You will see many hikers just standing there to rest their bodies, some will be discussing whether to continue or not.
So, you must hike the Royal Arch early in the morning when it’s not too much crowded and the weather is pleasant too. When you reach the Royal Arch you must spend some time there. Take a walk and you will witness the beautiful views of Boulder. You can take snacks with you or set up a little picnic.
The trail is open for hikers all the season but the best seasons to hike Royal Arch trail are spring, summer, and fall. You must also keep an eye on the weather. Don’t go when it’s too hot or when there is a chance of heavy rain, in case of rain you may slip and get injured. Also, remember to take enough water with you so you don’t dehydrate.
People who hiked the Royal Arch trail loved their experience and expressed it as an adventurous and rewarding experience. Many people said that they would love to come back again.