Masontown/Mount Royal Trail #1 climbs through a lodgepole pine forest for approximately 1 mile to the old mining town of Masontown. Spectacular views of Dillon Reservoir, the Tenmile Range and the Continental Divide can be seen from Masontown. At this point an option is to continue on the steep trail up to the summit of Mount Royal. Mining ruins at Masontown as well as some near the summit provide other opportunities for explorers. Please respect all historic property and do not remove anything so that future visitors can also enjoy.
WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.
To hike From I-70 take Exit 201, Frisco Main Street, and travel east toward the town of Frisco. Turn right and park in the large paved parking lot approximately 100 yards east of I-70. Walk over the footbridge and turn left on the paved bike path. Follow the bike path for approximately 0.5 miles and turn right at the Mt. Royal Trail sign.