Features: Views — Wildlife
From the Mount Royal Trail
, take the first climb easy— it is nearly 3,500 feet of climbing over 3.3 miles to the summit of Peak 1. Don't be fooled by the nice views atop Mt. Royal, you're only about halfway up Peak 1 at that point! Look around for friendly mountain goats at the summit then continue on to Peak 2.
Peak 2 to Peak 3 is the crux of this route; staying high on the ridge gives you fun class 3 and 4 scrambling, but you can usually always descend a little lower for class 2 routes.
Peak 3 to 4 is less technical, but stay vigilant as there are sections with some exposure.
Peak 4 and on is smooth sailing; Enjoy the beautiful meadows as you cruise along Peak 5, 6, 7 and 8. Be aware of the CT - Segment 7
(Miner's Creek Trail) crossing the ridge between peaks 5 and 6. It's tempting to get on this singletrack, but following it for too long will pull you west and heading down towards Copper Mtn Resort. Maintain the highest part of the Ten-Mile range by bearing left when CT - Segment 7
From Peak 9, you can easily see the final object: Peak 10. Dig deep and march on! There are two options to summit peak 10: straight up the scree field on the north ridge of Peak 10 or you can drop down to the jeep road east of Peak 10's summit and ascend the jeep road. The former is quicker, but requires careful stepping to avoid rolling rocks
From Peak 10 descend to connect to Briar Rose Mine Rd.