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Ascent of Royal Mountain on 2016-08-26

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Friday, August 26, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Bus
Peak:Royal Mountain
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:10502 ft / 3201 m

Ascent Trip Report

Second ascent of the day. Since I just happened to get blocked from great view while doing Quandary earlier that morning, I decided to stop in Frisco and find a lower altitude hike and get some views. The night before there was rain at higher altitude that dumped a lot of fresh snow above 13k and turned my later summer hike into more of the feel of a spring or late fall hike with snow and low cloud cover and temperatures below freezing. So this was to be my consolation hike and it did not disappoint.

Finding the public parking was the hardest part. It is off 2nd avenue beyond the bike trails. Once I found it, the hike was relatively pleasant and not too crowed. I was surprised by the steepness of the trail for a local public hike. The trail does not switchback it pretty much in places just goes straight up and the angle is a very steep class 1 so I could call it a class 1+. Once you hit the saddle between Peak 1 and Royal Mountain, all of a sudden you find yourself on the ridgeback of the cliff face of Royal Mountain. Royal Mountain is that iconic image you see as you drive through Frisco. I have always looked at it and wondered if there was a way up it. From the ridgeback there is some nice sheer cliff edge views of Frisco, Breckenridge, and the highway below where the cars looked dwarfed at some 1500 feet below. Some nice views of Quandary and Lincoln. Lincoln was not dusted last night with 2 to 12 inches like Quandary it looked like it had some deep snow on it.

That made my morning complete with Quandary and Royal back to back (over 5,000 feet of gain for the morning) and I finally got some views so it was off back to Denver and back to work........
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1512 ft / 460 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1512 ft / 460 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.7 mi / 6 km
    Grade/Class:1+ steep
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
58F to 65F
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1447 ft / 441 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1402 ft / 428 m; Extra: 45 ft / 13m
    Loss on way in:45 ft / 13 m
    Distance:1.8 mi / 2.9 km
    Route:Royal Mountain Trail - TR-1
    Start Trailhead:Public Parking  9100 ft / 2773 m
    Time:50 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1467 ft / 447 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1402 ft / 428 m; Extra: 65 ft / 19m
    Gain on way out:65 ft / 19 m
    Distance:1.9 mi / 3.1 km
    Route:Royal Mountain Trail - TR-1
    End Trailhead:Public Parking  9100 ft / 2773 m
    Time:25 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Colo-3

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Quandary Peak2016-08-26 a3395 ft / 1035 m
2Royal Mountain2016-08-26 b1512 ft / 461 m
3Smoky Hill Ridge2016-08-26 c82 ft / 25 m
4Adams County High Point2016-08-26 d115 ft / 35 m
Total Trip Gain: 5104 ft / 1556 m    Total Trip Loss: 5022 ft / 1531 m



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