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A very nice day. Unfortunately there were many large groups of mountain bikers, all mostly very courteous but one group who actually said we hikers should step off the trail for them. Moving to the side wasn’t good enough. I wish these kids didn’t get so many trophies along the way. They need to be taught some respect. Many parts of the trail become narrow and easy to slide off when dodging bikes. Especially when you can’t hear them until they slide behind you screaming LEFT. By the way bikers, hikers have the right of way in such (seldom) situations. IMBA offers great guidelines to share the trail. Other than that it was worth the time out.

hiking
1 day ago

Hiked this 8.18.18. Beautiful but isolated and full of moose. I startled a bull coming out of a scrub thicket. I usually hike alone but I would recommend a friend on this one. Didn’t finish due to threatening weather and the overpowering musky smell of animal. Just didn’t feel right. I’ll be back but with a buddy next time.

nature trips
1 day ago

Went mushroom foraging here. Beautiful, lots of safe. trails poorly marked.

Great hike with lots of parking, restrooms, and a variety of inclines and beautiful views. Highly recommended. Not too far from Denver and great for late morning hikes. Dead horse is just remnants, not smelly at all but sort of creepy.

Awesome place with amazing views. We ran into a black bear on the first 1/4 mile of the hike. Poor guy must’ve been lost, Park rangers said we were the third sighting (one was on the road) . We went early afternoon and there wasn’t a crazy amount of people. Apparently the park rangers just cleaned up a dead horse but the smell is still there. Overall a good find and great hike. ( I had my 7 month old puppy with me too)

Great parking at trail head. Good hike with views.

This instantly became my favorite local hike when I came over the hill & saw the view at the end.. fantastic, so many layers of mountains, so peaceful (I went at 6pm on a Sunday and I saw no one the entire time). The first mile is no joke though, very steep, otherwise easy.

Next time I'll make this an out-and-back rather than a loop by taking the left fork to the overlook & then turning around, that's where all the scenery is.

The hike was amazing and we were not bothered by nor saw the deceased horse. The sights were spectacular. Hike was not tough at all! A bit step at parts. Otherwise I would recommend for for children. We saw a few and they had no problems whatsoever.

This review really goes for all of the trails that start at Deer Creek Canyon. I'll echo someone else who said this is a good late start trail, it's my go-to "hangover hike" ;) There are lots of options if you get going and decide you don't have it today or if you want to add on some extra distance. Today I did Plymouth Creek to Plymouth Mountain to the Homesteader trail and I had lots of shade and solitude on PM and Homesteader. I think I was the only person on Homesteader actually, which is pretty bonkers for a trail this close Denver on a Saturday!

PM and Meadowlark both offer great views of the red rocks range and PM has a stunning view of the city framed with trees. It's also a very moderate trail so it's great for dogs and visitors.

Started at Pine Valley Ranch Park took Buck Gulch out to connect to The Skipper, then connected to the Homestead Trail/Charles Cutoff loop, and made my way back via Strawberry Jack Trail and Park View Trail. Gorgeous views! Quite a bit of the hike is through the burn area from the Buffalo Creek Fire of 1996, so very warm-lots of sun exposure due to minimal tree cover. Bring more water than you normally do if you do the full 2 loops. Also, if you have a pup, bring double water for them as there is only 1 small stream. Did find a random water tank on the Strawberry Trail that was there courtesy ‘neighborly equestrians’. Very thankful as I could scoop water to cool off my dog! Also found huge bunches of raspberry bushes after turning onto The Skipper Trail. Lastly, I don’t think the ‘Getting There’ directions quite match the GPS coordinates and the map of the trail route on the app? I followed the GPS and that led me to Pine Valley Ranch Park which is a nice JCOS Park.

Great trail with plenty of parking and restrooms. We did the loop counterclockwise and I would recommend that for the best effect of the views at the top. They took our breath away. Great hike!

Great hike today, Sunday. Got there right before 11:00am. Plenty of parking and a restroom. The reviews before mine are spot on! My GPS said 4.0 exactly round trip. Went up Oxen to Eagle View and then around to Ravens. The descent this way was a little rough on the knees and I wished I had worn my running shoes instead of hiking boots. Kids who are 9 and 12 loved it!

Got there around 8:30 a.m. on a Saturday - plenty of parking and pretty quiet.

The signage was a bit confusing at times, but we ended up taking oxen up to eagle view and continued the trail until it ran into ravens roost down.

The horse on oxen is still there and you only run into a short whiff of smell. The panorama at the top is very beautiful!

The incline and descents at the start/end of the hike can be steep and the trail is rocky in parts so I’d definitely recommend proper footwear.

We saw a deer, a snake, plenty of beautiful wildflowers, and butterflies.

hiking
19 days ago

I did this hike almost a year ago and went back yesterday with my boyfriend and our dogs. We camped about 3.2 miles up the trail, then did the rest and the decent on 7/31. There are a couple great camp sites at around 10500 ft, 0.8 miles from the fork onto the McCurdy Trail. Saw 3 people up there. Definitely less daunting of a distance and elevation gain when done in 2 days. I'm still shocked more people don't know about this place! Weather was perfect: got down to around 45 at night and 60 on the peak. It probably got to around 80 if you stayed in the sun on the way down when it starts to flatten out again, but otherwise wasn't hot.

Much more difficult than anticipated, but amazing summit. Those rock formations and views are top notch. 10/10 will be back. Limited parking but when I arrived at 7:30 am, there were still spots.

The panorama view at the peak was amazing. For the short distance away from Denver it has the best view I’ve experienced. It’s a great length for a part day hike. This has to be one of my favorite hikes!

hiking
21 days ago

Took the dogs for a late early morning hike the views were beautiful only encountered a few other hikers parking lot was rather empty for a weekday would do again and go further next time beautiful.

Great area with many routes and difficulties. Very scenic with plenty of shade.

Moderately easy trail will several mounting/valley look out points. Group was hungover and we made it around the entire loop with minimal stops.

Pretty easy going trail, great for out of towners or a quick hike if you have other plans in the afternoon. We did this trail on the 4th of July and it wasn't too crowded. Also yes there is a dead horse but we thought it was interesting, so to us this trail will forever be known as the dead horse trail.

Staunton State Park is beautifully maintained and trails are well marked. Park fees are $7. It’s a great spot close to the city and there are a lot of trail options for every level of hiker (or biker, climber, horseback rider!).

We hiked Staunton Ranch trail to Elk Pond to Elk Falls Overlook (Lion’s Head Trail is currently closed). We did the trail on a Tuesday and saw only a handful of hikers and bikers (intermittent rain showers I think helped with the traffic as well). Overall time was about 4.5 hours and 10 miles - I think moderate is a fair rating for the trail with moderate inclines on Elk Pond trail and a tougher climb on the Elk Falls Overlook trail.

Keep an eye out for wildlife - we spotted marmots, deer, and other critters on the trails!

Loved the hike. Easy enough for most people. Some sunny spots but a lot of in/out of trees. Pretty scenery towards the end and before the falls. Lots of mountain bikers hit this trail because of its so maintained by Parks services.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike. For doing only part of the trail it seemed like a moderate hike but we only went 3 miles out and 3 back. Uphill mostly out, winds through the woods and can hear the creek (see it a bit too). Nice aspens as well. Will go back and do the entire hike. Hoping it’s the length that is making it hard. We hiked on the weekend and only saw a few hikers.

What a VIEW! Breathtaking. The hike was steep going up via Ravens but beautiful... and we sat and took in that view for a while.

This is a great getaway from Denver, this loop is nice and one should connect to the waterfall trailhead. Bikers were more in numbers than hikers.

Beautiful trail!! will add to my favorites.

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hiking
1 month ago

A friend and I started at 7am on Sunday. We stayed right on this trail and came down though the trees as the day warmed up. The horse was not stinky at all when we were right by it, but down wind/down trail about 5 steps....whoaaaaaNellie....holy stank!!!! Definitely still hold your breath as you pass it. Great hike otherwise :)

This was pretty but we couldn’t finish the loop because we ran out of water. No water source for the dogs. Made it to one of the breaks in trees to see a view. Will definitely go back to finish. When it’s not so hot! Dead horse doesn’t smell so bad anymore. Sad to see though.

hiking
1 month ago

Great loop trail. Largely shaded, with minimal traffic. Mostly bikers coming through. Easy incline.

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