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Mt. Royal

Length: 3 miles roundtrip
Highlights: 
Mining ruins, view and ghost town of Masontown
Difficulty Rating:
Intermediate

A hiker takes a break to enjoy a drink and the views.

A nice steady climb to the 10,500 summit over I-70 and Frisco. Steep cliffs provide an adrenaline rush at the top.

Directions: Take exit 201 off I-70 (Frisco Exit) and turn east onto Main St. to the bikeway parking area. Walk the bike path (left toward Breckenridge) for about a half mile to the Mt. Royal trailhead.

The trail is about a one and a half mile steady climb to the summit at 10,500 ft. An elevation gain of almost 1,500 ft. from the trailhead requires frequent stops to catch your breath. Fortunately, the out of shape hiker can pretend to be enjoying panoramas that include Buffalo Mountain, Lake
Dillon and 10 Mile Canyon. 

 


 

 

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On the summit: Pearing down over the cliff looking down onto I-70
Mining ruins at the old ghost town of Masontown as well as some near the summit provide other opportunities
for explorers. Paths at the summit can be followed to abandoned mine shafts. 


on the edge of the cliff at the 10,500 summit of Mt. Royal.

   
Other highlights include rather dramatic views of traffic on I-70 which runs along the bottom of the sheer drop to 10 Mile Canyon below. Thick aspen groves make this an ideal spot for a fall outing.

 

    
  

 

 
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