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Fitness and Photography for Fun - A blog on staying fit by hiking and doing photography by David Mendosa

Royal Arch Trail‏

November 3rd, 2007 · No Comments

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Even though the Royal Arch trail starts just 3.3 miles from my apartment, I never considered hiking it. It was only when my friend Norm Lowery recommended it this week that I thought about hiking to the arch.

The trail is only 3 miles long. But my guide books rate it as difficult, and it is quite steep, gaining 1,300 feet (and losing and regaining a few hundred more feet after the false summit about a quarter mile from the arch).

Since the trail is also awfully rocky, I’m glad that I took my trekking poles. I haven’t been using them lately as I try to improve my balance on the trail. But I needed them today for safety.

Normally I don’t like to hike on busy weekends, especially on crowded trails like this that start from Chautauqua Park. But the day had bright sun, and I didn’t do much hiking in the high country this week now that the snows of late autumn have arrived.

Funny how I’ve changed. I used to dislike hearing people talk while I was hiking. But after a wonderful hike with Karen in the Sandias where we talked all the way I have grown more tolerant. Thinking of her helped in this respect as in so many others.

Royal Arch

Royal Arch

Flatirons Through Royal Arch

Flatirons Through Royal Arch

At Royal Arch

At Royal Arch

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