Mount Royal/Masontown #1

This trail 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 opportunitiesfor explorers. Please respect all historic property and do not remove anything so that future visitors can also enjoy.

* There is a printable Recreation Quicksheet for this trail which is complete with directions, a map, details, and other information about this trail. Or to see quicksheets for other recreation areas across the Forest, click on the "Recreation Quicksheets" link in the right column and select the appropriate Ranger District.

View a printable Mount Royal/Masontown Trail #1 guide (PDF)

At a Glance

Usage: Light
Restrictions: Open to Hikers. Horse and Mountain Bikes not recommended due to steepness of trail.
Closest Towns: Frisco, CO
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Dillon Ranger District 970-468-5400

General Information


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.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


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  Area/Length : 
1.0 miles one-way to Masontown; 2.0 miles one-way to summit of Mt. Royal

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  Elevation : 
9,122 ft. - 10,494 ft.