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Quick Facts

Mount Royal Trail

Average Time: 1-2 Hours To Masontown
Average Time: 2.5-3.5 Hours To Mount Royal summit
Beginning Elevation: 9,150 Feet (2852.2 Meters)
Difficulty: Moderate to More Difficult
Elevation Gain: 1,350 Feet (420.8 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 10,500 Feet (3273.1 Meters) Mount Royal summit
Length, One-way: 1.5 Miles (2.5 Kilometers) To Masontown
Length, One-way: 2.0 Miles (3.33 Kilometers) To Mount Royal summit
Recommended Season: Summer to Fall
Ti Topo Maps: #108 Vail, Frisco, Dillon
Trail Number: 1008
Usage: Heavy
USGS Maps: Frisco




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General Description

Attractions and Considerations:

The trail will fork at approx. 0.5 miles, the lower fork will take you below caved-in tunnel openings and a up hill access road to Masontown, the upper fork will take you directly to Masontown (choose one route on the trip up and the other on the return). The trail is a gradual climb up to Masontown, and becomes steep from Masontown to the summit. As you near the top, there will be another fork in the trail. The right hand fork goes to the Mt. Royal summit. The left spur continues for a half mile to a high point on the ridge below Peak One.

Masontown was an old mining town that was wiped out by an avalanche. Please leave all historical items for others to enjoy.

Directions from Silverthorne: Take I-70 west to the second Frisco exit, Exit #201, turn east towards the town of Frisco. After crossing the I-70 interchange, take an immediate right into the public parking lot. Walk over the footbridge, turn left onto the paved bike path. Hike 0.5 miles on the bike path to the Mt. Royal trail sign which will be on the right.

Directions from Beaver Creek: Travel 34 miles east on I-70 to the first Frisco exit (#201). At the I-70 interchange, take an immediate right into the public parking lot. Walk over the footbridge, turn left onto the paved bike path. Hike 0.5 miles on the bike path to the Mt. Royal trail sign which will be on the right.

Directions from Vail: Travel 25 miles east on I-70 to the first Frisco exit (#201). At the I-70 interchange, take an immediate right into the public parking lot. Walk over the footbridge, turn left onto the paved bike path. Hike 0.5 miles on the bike path to the Mt. Royal trail sign which will be on the right.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: June through October (NOTE: Seasons vary depending on weather conditions.) .



Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Open Updated: 1999-06-22 18:12:00.0


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Time of Day: 11 a.m.
Length of Time: 2-3 hours
Difficulty: Moderate
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: This is one of those hikes you have to take at least once if you live near or frequently visit Frisco. It goes right out of town, and takes you to the top of a mountain that you've looked at over and over again either from town or from I-70, which passes by Mt. Royal on its way into Officers Gulch.
Conditions: My 9-year-old son made the hike with no problem, and even though it is pretty steep, I had to tell him to slow down several times. Late in the afternoon, just after we reached the summit and ate our sandwiches, a thunderstorm came in, and it rained and hailed. We high-tailed it down.
Water Availability: No water. Bring a litre or so per person.
Recommended Clothing: As always, rain gear is a must.
Suggested Accessories: It's steep, so if you like to use a stick, bring it.



Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Hiking & Walking
Yes



Related Activities
Heaton Bay Campground - Heaton Bay Campground has 72 sites. It is located between Dillon and Frisco on Dillon reservoir. Heaton Bay has one handicapped accessible site.

Peak One Campground - Peak One Campground is located along Dillon Reservoir between Frisco and Breckenridge. This campground offers numerous services and facilities.

Pine Cove Campground - Pine Cove Campground is located along Dillon Reservoir between Frisco and Breckenridge in the Peninsula Recreation Area.



More Information

Visitor Information:

Summit County Chamber of Commerce, 011 S. Summit Blvd. , Frisco, CO, 80443, Phone: 800-530-3099, Fax: 970-668-1515

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