Start Elevation: 9,120 ft.
Summit Elevation: 10,480 ft.
Elevation Gain: 1,360 ft.
Round-trip Mileage: 4.8 mi (according to my GPS)
INTRODUCTIONWe got up by 7am to begin the hike up Mt. Royal. We found a good path back to the bike trail and then onto the Royal Trailhead. We left around 7:30am up the mountain. This morning's hike included Luke, Jonah, Mark, Marcia and Denny. No Seth this time. We moved at a fair pace keeping the boys interested in the hike. Jonah ended up being carried by Mark for a good 2/3 of the climb up Royal. Luke did well enough to walk the entire way. The boys took turns carrying their new REI kids backpack and drinking out of the hydration pack.
We summitted around 9:15am and Mark continued on hiking east along Royal's ridge to another rock outcropping with a good view of Frisco. As Mark did that the others spotted a fox on the trail who came up pretty close. We were atop Royal for a good 30 minutes before heading down. Jonah did much better on the way down. Mark carried him on his shoulders down through the steepest portion of the trail and Jonah then walked the rest of the way down.
We were back to the Condo by 11:30am.
TRACKHere is the track file from our climb: