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Extremely well maintained trails, signs, and routes. Pick up a map on the way in (it's a state park so $7/day or $70/yr annual pass). The route here corresponds to: Staunton Ranch Trail, to Scout Line Trail, to Marmot Passage Trail, to Bugling Elk Trail, finishing on Staunton Ranch Trail again. If you have the sunlight, weather, and energy, tack on the Lion's Back Trail to Lion's Head (+3mi). Awesome views!

I gave this trail 5 stars because this place is beautiful. The trail is very easy but has some small obstacles. The trail runs along under canyons and a narrow river. Again, this place is magical. I will upload sone pictures.

It’s a nice trail and there weren’t too many people when we went (March 15th around lunch). The lake itself was the prettiest view that we saw and there isn’t really a hike to the lake (it’s right next to the parking lot). We did hike about 3 miles and it’s pretty, but I hate to even call it “hiking” compared to other hikes in Colorado. It’s just a nice outdoor walk for an hour or two.

This was a beautiful hike! I went on 3/2 and it was completely dry, with not a lot of hikers at all. It was a steady climb up, with some down hill parts as well. There are gorgeous views of the lake the entire hike, and the top offers beautiful views of the lake/dam. I highly recommend!

Pretty easy hike! Beautiful walk around the lake and the trail takes you up the mountain.

Pretty easy, but great view!

A couple of people didn’t have their kids on a leash and were flying up behind hikers on mountain bikes without saying anything. If my dog has manners, your kid can too.

But that was at the bottom. Other than that was outstanding. No need for spikes or anything

I went last week and the trail was fantastic... snowpacked at points but no need for extra traction beyond normal hiking boots... only saw 3 other ppl there on a Wednesday... fantastic trail and well maintained... I will definitely be returning!

Agree with reviewer Kevin. There are many trails to follow. Get a map and plan your route. I took the Mason creek trail to old mill to Staunton ranch to do about an 8 mile loop and it was all trees the entire way.Very peaceful with some uphill and a few switchbacks and not many people, but I was hoping for a Mountain View. It was icy in many spots but I didn’t use spikes and I was fine.

First off, Staunton has a number of options for all levels of hikers (or just walkers). This review isn’t specific to the route in the map of this post, and that’s because you can make your hike whatever you want.

A buddy and I ended up doing 17.85 miles at this park including 3 overlook locations and a waterfall. Get the map to the park and make a determination off how far and how difficult you want your hike to be. Just make sure you know how to read contour lines :-)

Almost no wildlife, but we went in March. Parking lot was crowded, but hardly saw anyone while hiking.

beautiful hike on 2.26.18. it was very dry despite snow in other places. no spikes or yaktracs were needed. this is a really great trail

Beautiful trail and scenery. I kept stopping to take photos! The trail is mostly on solid granite, so footing is solid. We started from the Mitchell Creek side, the few people we encountered entered from the Chucks Loop side. Enjoyable day.

always a lovely hike!

This is one of our favorite hikes. Great views, surreal landscapes and Chair Rocks is a great place for lunch. Fairly easy hike with not much elevation gain. The first three miles are very exposed due to lack of trees because of a forest fires several years ago. This allows you to see for miles. Great winter hike with no snow and great sunshine. However, this is not a good one for your four legged friends in the hot summer months, lots of sun, no shade and no water. If you are looking for a different hiking experience this is a good one.

Great hike. No snow or ice on the trail at all on 2-4-18. Great views due to the burn. Steep hike down and back up from the river with some loose gravel. I tracked 4.2 miles out to the river and back.

This trail was wonderful!!!! Came on a Saturday afternoon and was not busy at all. Not a challenging hike by any means and awesome views the whole time! Sign at trailhead says dogs on leash but most were off, just be polite of your dog approaching others. There was no snow at all (2/3). Definitely will be coming back!!!

trail running
1 month ago

Not a fan at all, ran the loop this morning and was very bored as the trail has no character.

2.1.18 - Insane 360° views! I didn't see a single other person on the trail today. Very well-worn and marked path. Definitely on the easy side of "moderate". Saw three elk packs during the trek. Highly recommend!!

Must have $7 in cash to park! The structures are interesting. It’s a nice walk through the woods with occasional views of the front range, but the trails are not clearly marked and somewhat confusing. I drove from Denver and left pretty disappointed. Maybe it’s better in the summer, but for seven dollars I expected more. We left and found a prettier hike like 10 minutes further down the road for free.

Very nice hike. Some snow pack this time of year.

2 months ago

Very enjoyable hike along the beautiful Platte River and eventually winding up to nice views of the reservoir. You can make this a loop by taking the trail to the lake and then taking the road back. According to my GPS this made for about a 7 mile hike. The trail can be tricky to follow along the river. As others have mentioned, stay to the right when possible. We got into a couple of tricky spots trying to climb the hills to find the trail again. It was very quiet the day we were out (it was also 12 degrees), but i can imagine this is very busy wish people fishing when the weather is nice.

2 months ago

Didn’t see a single person the entire hike. Used yak tracks intermittently. Only a few slick spots after the lake.

Very pretty views of the reservoir during the entire hike. There were lots of big boulders to sit on while enjoying a snack or the view. Trail was completely dry on 1-14 although I wish I had brought walking sticks. My two dogs pulled me up and down the steep parts, which are covered with loose gravel, so it was a little slippery for me.

Beautiful water adjacent trails with some challenge!

on Chuck's Loop

2 months ago

simple and easy

A good trail for a quick hike. Can get a bit crowded after lunch. The river water is clean and wind is minimal.

trail running
2 months ago

No snow on the trails. On the no named road, packed snow. Beautiful and no drama.

If you think it’s just a sidewalk, you’re doing it wrong.

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