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)
Crown Royal 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Colorado
: 10 Mile Canyon
: Mount Royal (near Frisco)
Started out and scoped out by locals T4 and Peter, I joined in the fun for helping to wrap it up. As with other Royal routes, the pitch count and length can be either viewed as somewhat exaggerated or limited. It depends on your viewpoint. As Tim and Peter like to frequent these routes with people with less experience and stay within vocal and visual contact as much as possible, a belay is often available at the ledges before continuing. Other climbers will inevitably choose to link pitches and...[more] Browse More Classics in Colorado
BETA PHOTO: Start on face in the lower right.
BETA PHOTO: Mt. Royal from the parking lot.
The headwall of Royal Flush.
Easy cruising low on the route with the bikepath b...
Starting up the upper part of the wall.
A view down into town near the top.
Climbing up on the route.
Mount Royal (10600 feet) foreshortened in the fore...
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 Jason 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: Carson City, NV.
Jul 10, 2016
Thought the ratings here were a bit soft. A reverse sandbag, IMO.