This 6.9-mile hike to the top of Peak 1 leaves straight from town. From the parking area at the end of 2nd Avenue, pick up the connector trail that leads 0.2 mile to a 3-way junction with the Mount Royal Trail. Turn left onto Mount Royal Trail and start climbing through pine forest. After 0.7 mile, pass a tailings pile on the right and continue climbing southwest.
Over the next mile, the route switchbacks to a ridgeline south of Mount Royal. Along the way, you’ll pass the junction to Mount Royal and numerous old mines and miner’s cabins. After 2.4 miles, the trail climbs above treeline and traces the ridgeline south past an old weather station. Views of the Gore Range extend to the northwest.
Watch your footing on the final 700-foot stretch to the 12,805-foot summit. You’ll encounter a non-technical scramble up loose scree and boulder-covered slopes. (Keep an eye out for falling rocks.) If the weather is good, spend some time on Peak 1’s rocky summit, which offers 360-degree views of Summit County and the surrounding peaks. You may spot friendly mountain goats hanging out near the top. Follow the same route back to the parking area.
-Mapped by Kim Phillips