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Routes in Royal Arch

East Face/Royal Arch T Easy 5th 1+ 3 I 5 M 1c
West Ridge T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b R
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The Royal Arch is one of the Flatirons' main hiking destinations. It also provides a couple of fun routes that lead you to the very thin and exposed summit.

This climb is sure to draw ooohs and ahhhs from the hikers beneath you, but may also leave you exposed to questions such as: "How did the ropes get up there in the first place?". Make sure your answers are well rehearsed...

Getting There [Edit]

The Royal Arch can be reached a number of ways. The simplest one is to follow the Royal Arch trail which starts at the Bluebell Shelter

The East face route of the Royal Arch is a great way to finish a scramble up the Regency (see Regency description) since the route starts some 100+ feet below the arch proper, below the West face of the Regency.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Royal Arch

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Easy 5th 1+ 3 I 5 M 1c
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East Face/Royal Arch
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
East Face/Royal Arch
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Easy 5th 1+ 3 I 5 M 1c Trad 2 pitches
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Eli Boardman
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Eli Boardman   Boulder, CO
A fun rappel can be made by rappelling from the giant crack that splits the middle of the arch. You essentially rappel straight down the widest part of the opening. An anchor could be fashioned with some large (#5-6) Camalots in the crack. Lacking these, I secured one end of the rope to a boulder on the ground on the south side, ran the rope over the arch, and rappelled off the north side. Feb 10, 2018

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