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The Mount Royal Trail starts on the edge of Frisco and leads up past the old town of Masontown to the summit of Mount Royal.

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 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.

Elevation: 9,150 feet

Ending Elevation: 10,500 feet

Elevation Gain: 1,350 feet

Usage: Heavy

Difficulty: Moderate/Strenuous

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White River National Forest, Colorado

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