Ranger | 3327 pts
I did this trail on 3/28/19 with a group from the Colorado Mountain Club using spikes at the beginning but need to change to snowshoes at the end until we reached the rocks that were not covered with snow. We did not do the complete trail, which is longer than stated above. Instead, we deviated from the trail at some point (exact location on my gps recording) and went off trail towards Royal Mountain. Getting to the trailhead was a challenge because of snow/ice/mud on the road. We were all carpooling in high clearance four-wheel drive SUVs and in fact, there was a car stuck on the road that we had to help get out before getting to the trailhead. The trail starts at about 9200 ft and we climbed a total of about 2300 ft to the top of Royal Mountain. The length of the trip was 6 and 1/2 hours with a stop of about 1h and 45 min for lunch. The climb is not necessarily steep but it is steady. Once off the trail we had to break trail on fresh snow until we got to the rocks near the top of Royal Mountain. At that point we took our snowshoes off and scramble on the rocks until we got to the top.