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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!

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

Icy but managed with just boots.

1 month ago

Didn’t get a chance to do this hike, since the trail is closed until April 30th, 2018.

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 is absolutely beautiful. A lot of people know this so best to hike before lunch. On the way back the trails were packed with people. Trails are very well marked and maintained. Perfect for a family getaway, not so much for the lone backpacker.

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!!!

Agree that the hike is lacking views, but a nice trail and nice moderate hike.

amazing trail!!!

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!

lovely trail

This was the most beautiful hike I’ve ever been on. Barely anyone on this trail.

Awesome hike, not terribly difficult besides the distance. Most of the hike is along a frozen stream (in January) and ended with a historic saw mill. The views at Eagle Cliffs Overlook are beautiful and cannot be missed.

2 months ago

Trip Report 1/6/18. Dry. It's so dry right now! No water or snow on the trail. It's a moderate hike with great views of Cheesman reservoir and Lost Creek Wilderness. There are ample places along the trail to stop and look at the view. There is some loose gravel on the trail so some folks might want to have their poles with them. I went far enough to get a good view of the dam, but not all the way to the river. I think this hike would be more difficult in summer due to the lack of shade. I also plan to hike sometime from the other trailhead that winds along the S. Platte. That trailhead is at the base of the road to Cheesman. The road to Cheesman reservoir, while narrow in places, is well maintained. Yes, you can get there in a Mazda. :)

2 months ago

Beautiful hike. It’s a super well maintained forest service road. You could drive a tiny car down this road.
Loved the hike, saw no one else. Beautiful, easy incline. Took the Colorado Trail back to the car instead of the road like the app had.

2 months ago

This is a really nice hike- I just felt like it was lacking views... I would suggest continuing up Stauton Pass Overlook (I believe that is what it's called) for extra beautiful views. You just follow Mason Creek Trail until it ends and follow the signs further. Good hiking boots should be just fine- no need for yaktrax. But be very careful on the icy patches because they are parts where the creek ran over the path. It was warm enough today where if you stepped on the ice you would have ended up ankle deep in cold creek water. Lots of beautiful aspens- I can't imagine what this hike would look like in the fall!!

Holy moly. This hike was AWESOME! I thought it would be much colder, there were various patches of light ice and snow but none on the trail itself. The view at each of the overlooks at Bear Paw was phenomenal. I went up Mason Creek, took bear paw loop, then went on the Old Mill trail, and finally the Staunton Ranch trail. I feel like I really got to see it all. Definitely do the Bear Paw loop!

Back to Bear Paw after being here a week ago. More snow on the trail this time but still no need for extra traction. There is fresh powder but it has not turned to ice yet. Always a great hike through the woods. The Bear Paw loop is worth the extra mileage. It is usually pretty quiet and the views from the three lookouts are awesome. Eagle Cliffs is a great spot for lunch.

One of our favorite hikes near Denver. This trip we did Mason Creek to Bear Paw and down Old Mill Creek to Staunton Ranch. That comes in at about 8.5 miles. We highly recommend the Bear Paw loop. The extra push to Eagle Cliffs is worth it. Great spot for lunch. Some snow on Mason Creek but no need for extra traction.

fun trail, easily connects for a near 10min loop hike with Old Mill and Staunton Ranch trails. Nice views not too much traffic.

For some a burn area may not be beautiful. I enjoyed seeing how Mother Earth is bringing the area back to life. The plants are coming back- Aspen, Pine, and pretty wild flowers.

Amazing park, brand new a hidden gem! We hiked the Mason Creek to the Bear Paw trail hitting all 3 overlooks. We then continued counter-clockwise and made a big loop via the Old MIll and Staunton Ranch trails. This is the better way to do this hike...as a big loop instead of an out and back. You see more terrain and hike through some nice aspen groves in the final few miles of the Old Mill and Staunton Ranch trails.

We hiked friday 9-1pm and there was hardly anyone out there! A couple mountain bikes and a few hikers. There were plenty of creeks and stream crossings which our dog liked.

The colors are amazing right now!

BTW - make sure you hike the Bear Paw trail as the three overlooks on this trail are unbelievably good. Perhaps the best views from any hike in the area.

Extremely quiet, even on a Saturday . Nice and easy except for the very end if you hike down to the stream. The hike back up is steep and adds significant challenge to the hike .

Seems like the trail as mapped on the site doesn't include the last quarter mile segment down to the creek.

The dam and creek are impressive . The rest of the views are average for Colorado, which is to say still pretty nice :)

6 months ago

Trip report 9/15/2017. Nice quiet trail in a Ponderosa forest. If you are looking for aspen- this isn't your trail. I think moderate is a fair description- some place were a little tricky for my 70 yr old mother, but otherwise pretty easy. Likely gets packed on the weekend. The had a sign up indicating bear country. Overall, nice trail if you want a walk in the woods. Nice views of the South Platte River.

6 months ago

Pretty good trail, nothing special though.

6 months ago

We had trouble finding the trail, the roads to it are not well-marked, but we had no problems once we found the right roads. It's a difficult trail, not for the run-of-the-mill hiker. The people I was with are inexperienced and having a difficult time on the steep parts, which were slippery due to dryness. The trail is not always well-worn, so you have to find the cairns to guide you. You have to explore a bit on the dome to find the arch, but it was well-worth our efforts in the end :)

so pretty!! Very easy to follow hike. Highly recommend.

Loose gravel trail. Can easily lose footing on slopes, especially near the South Platte River. Beautiful views though! The trees had all burned down so there is minimal shade on a hot sunny day

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