Mount Royal (near Frisco) Rock Climbing
Beautiful day for a long climb!
West-facing (or actually WNW), this is perfect for summer to fall climbing at altitude on the otherwise hot days. Rock is good quality granite-gneiss. East Buttress
A. Dirty Books, 5. Mt. Royal's Lower West Face.
A1. Royal Rocklette Arête
, 11-, 8-18p, 1500', gear & bolts.
A2. Crown Royal
, 9, 10p, gear & bolts.
A3. Royal Flush
, 9, 6-20p, 1500', bolts & gear. Mt. Royal Upper West Face
A? East Flank, 8.
B? Upper Royal Rocklette Arête
, 11-, 7p, 700', gear & bolts.
C. Aces High
, 10-, 1p, 200', bolts.
D. Royal Flush
, 9, 3-4p, 600', bolts & gear.
E. Central Chimney, 7.
F. Chaucer, 8+ R.
G. Left Face, 7 R.
H. Wandering on Rubble, 7 R.
I. Right Face, 7 R.
J. The Far West
, 6 R, 5p, 600', gear.
Park right below the north side of Mount Royal near the bike path. If you're coming from I-70 then get off at exit 201, go towards town and turn into the first parking lot on the right that looks like public parking (it is fairly obvious).
Hop on the path, cross the foot bridge spanning the creek, and walk along the bike path heading west until reaching a small clearing (and the first power pole). There are mine remnants up the hill and the toe of granite stretches the furthest down the West flank. A now well worn trail marked by cairns brings the climber to the start of the route within 5-7 minutes from the car! Royal Flush is on the right side of the toe of the rock. Royal Rocklette Arete is up and right on the same slab.
From the top of the headwall climbs, head right (uphill) perhaps 1/4 to 1/3 of a mile where you can find the Mount Royal trail curving back downhill. About halfway down the trail, below a mine pit area, the trail splits. Take the left (bigger) fork back towards the parking area. Hike ~1/3 mile north to the parking area along the bike path. Watch out for bodyboarders.
Weather station 3.8 miles from here
5 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Mount Royal (near Frisco)
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Mount Royal (near Frisco):
Royal Flush 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport, 8 pitches, 1500'
Crown Royal 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, 10 pitches, 1000'
Aces High 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport, 1 pitch, 200'
Featured Route For Mount Royal (near Frisco)
Royal Rocklette Arête 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c CO
: 10 Mile Canyon
: Mount Royal (near Frisco)
This new addition climbs lower wall slab (The Raclette) pitches and joins the Royal Flush variation pitches at the middle sector and then horizontally crosses the boulderfield and continues up the Northeast Ridge (arete) to the summit of Mount Royal. For clarity, the 2nd and 3rd class sections are counted as pitches. The first 7 (most frequently climbed) pitches may be confused for being part of Royal Flush but can serve as an alternative start to avoid crowding on RF. The route was...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
BETA PHOTO: Start on face in the lower right.
Starting up the upper part of the wall.
Mount Royal (10600 feet) foreshortened in the fore...
Climbing up on the route.
The headwall of Royal Flush.
A view down into town near the top.
Easy cruising low on the route with the bikepath b...
BETA PHOTO: Mt. Royal from the parking lot.
By Chris Plesko
From: Westminster, CO
Aug 14, 2010
If you're coming from I-70 then get off at exit 201, go towards town and turn into the first parking lot on the right that looks like public parking (it's obvious). Walk five minutes west up the path to the first power pole and follow the trail/cairns and you're at the base of Royal Flush.
By Rob Griz
Aug 26, 2011
"Epic" rescue on Royal, Happy Hour, Friday 8/26. Make sure you check the weather before you head up. Erratic weather and monsoons have returned.
By J Antin
From: Golden, CO
Aug 27, 2011
@ Griz: Any details on this "epic"?
By Rob Griz
Aug 30, 2011
Not sure if it was a cliffed-out hiker or a climber. We were climbing White Cliff and just made it off before heavy rains hit us. We pulled off at the Frisco exit at the same time SAR arrived and started glassing the cliff and thought we saw a climber on the headwall, pinned under the chimney. It was still raining pretty good, so we headed out to dry off and grab a beer.
Sep 20, 2011
Don't know about this incident, but my pard and I did the RR Arete this past Saturday (Sept 17) in a full on deluge. We got to the base and thought it might be "entertaining" to climb it in the rain. Point being, running water on already slick granite = sketchball. We pulled it off (had a lot of fun too!), but I could see how an epic might happen.
From: Portland, OR
Jul 10, 2016
Thought the ratings here were a bit soft. A reverse sandbag, IMO.