Friday, April 16, 2010
Royal Arch in Boulder Colorado
Did you know there is a huge rock arch formation in Boulder, Colorado; similar to the arches found in Utah?
This huge rock formation is worth the long steep hike to reach it for the incredible views of Boulder and the Flatiron Mountains.
The warm spring air makes me very excited to wake up early, get out the door and on the trail! For all the hikes I have done in this state, Boulder is one place that I have not hiked very much. This is mostly due to the crowded trails, but they are crowded for a reason; the Flatiron Mountains are amazingly beautiful and unique. Boulder is also very dog friendly and has unique leash laws that allow dogs to be offleash on certain trails if you register your dog with a voice and sight tag. More information on this can be found here. The trail starts at the Chautauqua Trailhead in Boulder.
Once you reach the top of the mountain; the trail then heads down into a rocky ravine, make sure you follow the signs here to head down the mountain. Next the trail gains elevation again, all the way to the arch. This part of the trail is definitely steep and rocky; at one point the trail climbs up a waterfall which can be very slippery. Just as the hike gets really tough, the arch comes into view! What a great reward after a tough hike! The arch is much larger and more incredible than the photos make it look.