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Summer 2017 Hike Ideas Map

Took West ridge to meadow view to bear creek to bear creek cutoff. The trail was pretty snowy, slushy and muddy the whole way from Sunday’s snow but manageable in just hiking boots. Had a little bit of trouble finding the trail at the bear creek/ bear creek cutoff crossing because of the snow coverage it took me a while to realize that the fences were trail crossings. Over all a beautiful trail can’t wait to go back once the snow melts.

Definitely a beautiful hike if you can get a permit through the lottery! Went at the end of February 2 years ago and even with the cooler temps, it was still hot. There is no shade so take more water than you think you need!

off road driving
4 days ago

Great beginner trail, my first time today and I would say it was easy but very rocky and bumpy. Other than that great views and a great time

Enjoyable hike! Did the West Ridge Trail to Bear Creek trail to Bear creek cut off. I like how you can link trails to make your hike longer or shorter. Very minimal mud and ice today. Nice balance of shade and sun. No big ‘vistas’ but lovely meadow and trees.

A good beginning of season hike. I found it to be busy, but beautiful. I will definitely come back. For those with dogs there is a brief stretch you must share with mountain bikers, not ideal for bikers or dog owners but it's a short stretch. This will definitely go in my early season rotation.

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!

6 days ago

Very majestic place. Very crowded but worth the experience.

This place is a true gem. It’s worth staying for a weekend!

Love this trail! Fairly easy hike with a great view. We always take visitors from out of state here. They’re always happy with the views!!

on Antelope Canyon

8 days ago

Amazing. we did the lower canyon. cost us 50.00 per person. A must do if your in the area.

off road driving
9 days ago

It's close and easy to get to. Great camping on either end. Boulder County is awesome about marking the forestry roads.

10 days ago

Dynamic. Some icy spots that can be walked around/avoided. Great views!

on Antelope Canyon

10 days ago

Great Canyon. We were in awww on how amazing. Water, Wind and time can create such an amazing Canyon. This should be on everyones must do. We did the Lower Antelope Canyon. This cost us 50.00 a person, took about an hour to complete.

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!

trail running
17 days ago

Didn’t actually make it up! The east access road is currently closed off to traffic. Didn’t know how to update that without a review! I’m sure it’s a splendid running trail though!

off road driving
18 days ago

Ripped this on an ‘07 Grand Cherokee with no problems! Moderate traffic, but not bad at all. Have fun!

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.

some icy spots

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.

Walked to the trailhead and got so muddy just doing that... we got less than 0.1 into the hike and went back. Girl in front of me said she fell almost 4 times and it wasn’t worth it.

Beautiful hike for the average hiker with a variety of terrain.

Beautiful not too hard, great views and easy to find. Parking lot at the bottom is paved. Yak tracks this time of year bc there are some shady spots

27 days ago

2.22.18 - snowy, beautiful trail with several icy areas, one in particular that was quite perilous! spikes worked well on the way up but on the way down I slipped and landed hard (you'll probably be able to see my wipe out for a day or two - it's in the pictures section too to help identify that section). no regrets, crazy gorgeous overlook that made it all worth it!!

Awesome - definitely more crowded than lower Antelope (which if you have to pick I’d do lower right now in the winter since there is not a lot of light).

Simply amazing.

This is a gorgeous hike, one of the best in the area. I hiked it on a one-day ascent and descent of Challenger Point and Kit Carson Peak, and so didn't have time to explore the area around Willow Lake much. I want to return to do some more photography in the area. Well worth the hike!

Icy but managed with just boots.

some slick ice areas but overall a good hike, amazing view

Gorgeous hike in the snow. It was pretty packed, so we didn't need spikes or snowshoes. The dogs did awesome as well. Went on a Monday around 2 and only saw one other person on the trail. It was a good challenge!

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