Ascent to Royal Arch-below class 5 on 2017-05-12

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:D. Zinchenko
Date:Friday, May 12, 2017
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Point Reached:Royal Arch - below class 5
    Elevation:6945 ft / 2116 m
    Remaining Elevation:15 ft / 5 m (1% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

D. Kinchenko from our Denver office treated me to nice hike up into the flat irons for the big attraction of the big Royal Arch. It is listed as 3.4 mile 1,647 foot climb. There are some big drops where you gain and re-gain and I estimate that as about 185 feet each way. I parked lower than the TH off of the road since the parking lot was full and ended up with nearly that exact number ( a little more since I started in the street not the TH) so my estimate of the add gains must have been pretty good.

The is a beautiful hike with a nice geologic feature finish. We scrambled up some of the rocks around the arches and some areas has some exposure nearing as high as one can go it becomes a 5.6 climb so we hiked over to where the eastern ramp was located and it does not look like a very tough class 5 up but we did not see good protection places. Good rock climbers would scamper on up that ramp without protection but I like to have it especially when in hiking boots - so we did not attempt to rock climb this to the very top. I read later that this approach is considered like a 5.1 and is often the exit. I am not a very good rock climber and was wearing hiking boots that do not smear well. So we called that a successful hike even though we did not stand on the very top of the arch which I presume others have.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1655 ft / 504 m
    Total Elevation Loss:350 ft / 106 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.4 mi / 5.5 km
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1480 ft / 451 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1305 ft / 397 m; Extra: 175 ft / 53m
    Loss on way in:175 ft / 53 m
    Distance:1.7 mi / 2.7 km
    Route:Maintained Trail to scramble
    Start Trailhead:Flat Iron TH lower parking  5640 ft / 1719 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:175 ft / 53 m
    Gain on way out:175 ft / 53 m
    Distance:1.7 mi / 2.7 km
    End Trailhead:same  6945 ft / 2116 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Denver-6

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Hyland Hill2017-05-09 a70 ft / 21 m
2West Morgan Hill2017-05-09 b160 ft / 49 m
3Castle Rock2017-05-09 c669 ft / 204 m
5Green Mountain2017-05-10 e835 ft / 255 m
6Mount Bailey2017-05-10 g599 ft / 183 m
7Crow Hill2017-05-10 h230 ft / 70 m
8(Attempt) Royal Arch2017-05-12 i1655 ft / 504 m
9(Attempt) Two Move Rock2017-05-12 j100 ft / 30 m
10Centralia Mountain2017-05-21 a1440 ft / 439 m
11Mount Galbraith2017-05-21 b1090 ft / 332 m
12Mount Galbraith-East Peak2017-05-21 c240 ft / 73 m
Total Trip Gain: 7088 ft / 2160 m    Total Trip Loss: 3550 ft / 1082 m

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