Royal Arch is one of the more popular destinations from the Chataqua Trailhead. It is a relatively short hike at 1.5 miles each way, but they are pretty steep miles! So I marked this as a strenuous hike. The destination is a rock arch with great side views of the flatirons and of Boulder.
To get there, follow the old paved road to the left from Chautauqua up to the Bluebird Shelter. (about a half mile) Just past the shelter you will find the Royal Arch trail which you can follow to the top. There are a few great views of the side of the flatirons on the way up. There is a saddle that may seem like the arch area but you still need to drop down one more time and climb up again to get there.
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