Elevation: 10,500 ft
GPS: 39.572, -106.111 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: James Garrett on Jun 29, 2010
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac


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.

Getting There

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.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Mount Royal (near Frisco)

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5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Royal Flush
Sport 8 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Crown Royal
Trad 10 pitches
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Aces High
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Royal Flush
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport 8 pitches
Crown Royal
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 10 pitches
Aces High
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
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Chris Plesko
Westminster, CO
Chris Plesko   Westminster, CO
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. Aug 14, 2010
Rob Griz
Rob Griz   Frisco
"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. Aug 26, 2011
Jason Antin
Golden, CO
Jason Antin   Golden, CO
@ Griz: Any details on this "epic"? Aug 27, 2011
Rob Griz
Rob Griz   Frisco
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. Aug 30, 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. Sep 20, 2011
Bruce Lacroix
Las Vegas, NV
Bruce Lacroix   Las Vegas, NV
Thought the ratings here were a bit soft. A reverse sandbag, IMO. Jul 10, 2016
Andy Renz
Jackson, WY
Andy Renz   Jackson, WY
Hey all. I may have left a size 43 Katana lace up a few days back either in a rest stop between Dillon and Frisco or in a parking area on 10 Mile Drive, just behind a Taco Bell. If you guys find it, I'll supply some reward $$$ or a 6-pack!

Get in touch with me at 3077304933 or, if I don't have service, shoot me an email at andyrenz5@gmail.com.

Thanks! Nov 16, 2017
Golden, CO
mmk   Golden, CO
As these routes become more popular with inexperienced multi-pitch teams, anticipate rock fall. We had no less than 3 softball to bowling ball-sized rocks kicked down on us on our last outing. Please exercise caution; use proper rope management technique so it doesn't snag and pull off rocks; and tread lightly on those ledges, which are riddled with debris. Jun 6, 2018