Mt. Royal 7/13/19 #Journey #Hiking

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Mt. Royal from the Trailhead / Photo by Jason A. Muckley © 2019

Trails traveled: Mt. Royal Trail No. 1, Difficulty: Black, (Difficult)
Out-and-back, 5.2 mile round-trip, 2,087ft elevation gain
Time: 2 hours, 45 minutes
Weather: Partly Cloudy

  • Summit
  • Dry
  • Frisco
  • Dillon Reservoir (Lake Dillon)
  • Mountains
  • Wildflowers
  • Butterflies
  • Panoramic

This hike was straight up the mountain. The picture above was the mountain from the ground. Below is a picture of the epic views from the top. This was listed in a summit guide book I have as an “easier” summit in Colorado.

The trip to the top of Mt. Royal is 2 miles both ways, but after I reached the summit of Mt. Royal, I made an attempt to go on and summit Mt. Victoria, which is about another mile and a half from Mt. Royal. After about half a mile I was running low on water and energy.

I did however find a perfect spot to look out over Frisco, Lake Dillon, Silverthorne and the city of Dillon. I also had a nice view of Buffalo Mountain, Red Peak, and Uneva Peak from my vantage point. There was a outcropping of rocks I climbed up off the trail to look out and reflect on things.

The views on top of the mountains were awesome making the soreness I feel now completely worth it. This was definitely a hard hike. The elevation gain is really strenuous as you ascend.

Buffalo Mountain from Mt. Royal
Buffalo Mountain as seen from Mt. Royal / Photo by Jason A. Muckley © 2019

 

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