Explore the most popular forest trails in Staunton State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Nice trail with a few great views. There's some good diversity with hiking along a creek, along the ridge, through the forest as well as some meadows and the trail is wide packed dirt with only a few areas of loose rocks. The elevation gain is pretty gradual with only a couple steep areas.

The lookout points are marked with signs (don't stop early for a break, the views from the marked areas are pretty great!). The old Mill is pretty well destroyed, but still very interesting to look at with some vehicle remains, a large saw mill and a still standing bunk house.

It was a bit long for my 10 year old, but my 15 year old didn't have any problems with the elevation gain and length. I tracked this particular route at 9 miles.

What a lovely find. I didn’t know this area, and this was really a beautiful hike. We did it counterclockwise, which meant that we were in the uncovered sunny traverse at the bottom in the hottest part of the day. I’d probably reverse that next time and try it clockwise for more shade in the final miles, at least if it is a warm day.

Some mountain bikers, but not as many as Jeffco open space, and also the trail is often wide enough that passage is easy.

I’d rate this moderate, not hard. Totally non-technical and straightforward to navigate, the hiking requires decent base fitness but no special skills.

Steady relatively easy long hike. Three very pretty lookout views at the end, part of the Loop is closed for restoration so if you want to see the viewpoints it makes the hike 9.8 miles instead of 7.9.

Nice and cool starting off early, it gets hot and towards the end there is not a lot of shade coverage.

Overall nice hike! $7 entrance fee for state park

First time here and what a gem to find. Trails was in great shape. We did the loop counterclockwise. Note though ... there’s a stretch of trail closed and you are rerouted onto the Bear Paw trail. The detour gives fantastic views and was some of the nicest hiking of the day but it adds about 1.7 miles and a couple hundred feet of elevation to the loop. We finished with 8.4 miles and 1300 feet of climbing.

Good hike to a gorgeous waterfall. The trail is fairly easy, just long

hiking
16 days ago

Great trail and great park. The beginning of the trail winds through the meadow for a while. We started early and saw quite a few deer at 8am. The trail down to the falls is steep but very manageable and wasn't as bad as I thought it would be coming back up. Our total hike was 10.21 miles RT.

hiking
23 days ago

Beautiful hike to Elk Falls in Staunton State Park. Waterfalls are worth the effort (moderately steep switchbacks on new Chimney Rock trail with an ez short chain handrail section). Weather was cooler than forecasted for Conifer. Rain clouds gathering around noon. Holiday bz with trail bikers and dogs on lease, all mostly courteous:) Lots of parking and along road. Best arrive early /or during week! Six of us 4h45min walking 11.5 mi plus brief lunch stop at falls.

Very easy trail. If you are looking for a nice long walk this is it. Not a very scenic trail although there are a few overlooks. Somewhat boring for my taste of trails.

Seven dollars for all day pass, not bad. The hike was nothing great to Dave’s ponds,however you can fish if you have a permit. I saw maybe 10 deers all together near (CM) Chase Meadow trail. From there I took (HC) Historic Cabin trail nothing great burnt down cabins From there (SR) Staunton Ranch trail has awesome rock formations, climb if you have your gear with you! (MP) Marmot passage trail has really nice views. (EF) Elk falls pond was nice. I took (CR) Chimney Rock trail to elk falls definitely check out Elk Falls You won’t be disappointed. Elk Falls Overlook was nice. From there I took (WM) West meadow trail nothing great just a lot of small aspen trees other then that 2 more miles...

I got back to Elk Falls Pond, then took (BE) Bugling Elk Trail. Unfortunately I took (SR) instead of (BL) Border Line Trail. I was pretty tired at that point. So I made the decision to head back to the trail head. I stayed on (SR) Staunton Ranch trail all the way back to the parking lot. I started at Noon finished at 6.

If you plan on doing all the trails in one day. Make sure to give yourself ample amount of time. I’ll be back.

4/29/18 Review from a Carolina Girl on a first time Colorado hike:
This hike peaked my interest for the wealth of things it suggests you will see and the distance was around what I desired. However, Staunton State park is beautifully marked giving you tons of options once you get into it! The deeper you go the greater the reward!!!
My route: Staunton Ranch to Marmot Passage. Relax at elk falls pond. Take chimney rock out to elk falls and back. Finish chimney rock to Elk Falls Lookout but continue to the top on Lions Head and back to EF pond via Lions back. Take the easy route back to Staunton ranch via Bugling elk, pick up Staunton ranch then explore climbers access where it parallels and reach then pop back on Staunton Ranch to the parking lot.
SR > MP > EFP > CR > EF > CR > EFL > LH > LB > BE > SR > CA > SR = 15.5 miles in 6 hrs(moderate)

I took the hike slower than normal given all the super cool views and my fear that the elevation would eventually get to me. Elevation ended up not being a problem at all! The views were stunning! Such variety! Moderate traffic; enough to feel relatively safe but not annoyed. I had a love hate relationship with the wind. The howling was intimidating and a bit scary at the peaks but it didn't batter me. Outside of SR, the trail is very well blocked from the effects of the wind (besides the sound). Enjoy the 'hikers only routes'; this is where the fun terrain is! Otherwise the trails are made for mountain biking. Do not miss the Elk Falls or Lions Head! It's so cool to first see the bottom of a waterfall in all its misty wonder, look out at Lions head in amazement then get to actually climb that mountain and look back down and across at the falls!!!
Tips: take the map! Jot down your route. Wear sunscreen. Chapstick and good hand lotion are a plus. Take a towel in case u want to dip you toes in the water options. Be flexible and enjoy the options! Take something that makes noise just in case u end up on long stretches solo; this is an active wildlife zone.

So many trees! The three overlooks are definitely worth it. Went on a Saturday afternoon and didn’t see too many people!

trail running
1 month ago

Nice rolling hills made for a great trail run

Great trail! I took the Staunton Ranch Trail all the way to Bugling Elk Trail then to Chimney Rock Trail. It's about 10.2 miles out and back that path instead of the one shown on this trailmap. Even though it snowed a bit two days ago, the trail was clear. There wasn't any ice or snow I had to deal with. The waterfall had some snow/ice in the shade at the base of the falls. I pretty much had the falls all to myself. Beautiful hike! Even though it was pretty windy today, some of the trail was protected from the wind. There's a $7 state park entrance fee if you don't already have a state park pass. Overall great hike and definitely coming back!

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail. Perfect weather today. However, note this tail leads you to the Elk Falls Overlook and not the actual falls. You can get to the falls by using the Chimney Rock trail, which can be found toward the end of where this trail map leads.

Fun Sunday hike

Great views. Easy hike. I wasn’t a fan of the second half being on a service road but overall not bad. I would go again but would hit the other trails in the park instead.

hiking
2 months ago

Grab a trail map (AllTrails app and park trails are not the same)
We hiked in with about 30 of us, oldest around 60 & youngest (that completed on his own) was 8. Nice hike to the pond, beautiful overlook, steep down & back to the waterfall. On the way out storms rolled in so we went back the way we came in. Recommend seeing waterfall when ice has melted!

Great trail. We took a few detours and ended up a little over 14 miles. But pure beauty! Not very busy and those that were out were very friendly.

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

We did a version of this that came out to 11.7 miles. Lots of snow on the ground but not ice yet. No need for extra traction but waterproof boots would be helpful. Had trouble finding the falls from the lookout. It was frozen over and snow covered so the views of the falls were not much. This hike gets you through some meadows, forest, a small lake and eventually to the lookout. At this time of year I would recommend skipping the lookout and taking the trail below the falls instead. Not many people once we got past the lake. Staunton Ranch trail can get crowded with people and bikes. Not too strenuous except for the last push to the lookout.

Icy but managed with just boots.

This was the 4th time hiking this trail for us. The views from the top are amazing. We had very little snow or ice along the way.

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.

Really beautiful today. You can make this loop a little longer by doing the bear paw loop as well. Great snowshoeing conditions The ranger said we would need spikes and snowshoes. Although someone else on the trail was wearing spikes we never took them out (but it did get a little icy). Saw a TON of deer. The pup loved it.

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

Nice trail! Took us a little over three hours to complete. The Scoutline Trail was tough for me. Beautiful views on that trail though!! Heads up - there is only one trash can at the first service road you cross.

amazing trail!!!

hiking
5 months ago

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

trail running
5 months ago

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

Mason Creek to the Bear Paw Loop (not shown on this map) is one of our favorites. Nice steady climb along the stream. Bear Paw has three excellent lookouts along the way. Make the extra trek to Eagle Cliffs. Awesome views. There were a few patches of ice along Mason Creek but very doable with just hiking boots. Not very crowded in January. Watch out for bikes.

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