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.

Snowy and slushy with some mud. Beautiful views! Was able to see Pikes. Did not hike entire trail, hiked Staunton Ranch then turned around and hiked back for a total of 6 mi. Trail gets less groomed and more snowy as it goes on, did not have snow shoes but if I did, would probably have hiked onward for a few more miles. Just a lovely park! Huge and loved the rock formations, planning to come back in the summer!

Snowy and slushy with some mud. Beautiful views! Was able to see Pikes. Did not hike entire trail, hiked Staunton Ranch then turned around and hiked back for a total of 6 mi. Trail gets less groomed and more snowy as it goes on, did not have snow shoes but if I did, would probably have hiked onward for a few more miles. Just a lovely park! Huge and loved the rock formations, planning to come back in the summer!

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muddy
snow
10 days ago

This was my second time doing the trail in the winter, and it didn’t disappoint! Great views along the lookout loop, crampons are definitely recommended.

Decent conditions 3/9/19. Trail conditions were deceiving at first, dry clear the first 3/4 mile. Much of the trail after that was extremely icy, traction was definitely required. Other places were packed powder but there was some post holing if you stepped off the pack. Went from Mason Creek to Catamount Overlook and back and it was a nice early spring hike.

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snow
1 month ago

Snowy and icy the entire way, but great views when you get up on the Scout Line trail ridge.

Good in the winter

hiking
1 month ago

Unfortunately couldn't use snowshoes today. Had to return to the car and switch them for YakTrax. You definitely need them for traction over ice and remaining snow, although parts of the trail have melted back to dirt. Took SR (Staunton Ranch trail) from the parking lot to Elk Falls pond. I would rate that portion as easy, particularly because the bikes have packed the snow down. There is a nice little bench overlooking the pond if you head up the MP trail just a few feet. I then took MP (Marmot Passage) and SL (Scout Line) trails back for better view and wind cover! Up and down but nothing very hard. Amazing views on the way back. About 9 miles total, 4.5 hrs. with a lunch break.

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snow
1 month ago

This was a great trail. Pretty level and not much elevation gain until the last mile from the pond up to the falls overlook. Today (2/2) the trail was snow packed and quite icy in some spots but with a pair of yaktrax I did just fine. Last mile from the pond to the falls was total powder though and extremely difficult. Snowshoes would have helped. Can’t wait to do this trail again in the spring.

hiking
2 months ago

Pretty and very quiet hike after getting off the Staunton ranch portion of the trail. Didn’t need spikes, trail was quite easy and marked clearly. Some nice views and beautiful trees throughout. The best views, in my opinion, were on the return route on Scout line trail. Saw several good sized bucks on SR, about half a mile from the trailhead. Did 11 miles total in 4 hrs + a few minutes. Route I took out was trailhead to SR - BE - CR - EF then on the return route: EF - CR - MP - SL (most scenic view portion) - SR to trailhead. Not too bad of a hike.

Great hike through pine trees. Snow covering most of the trail but traction not completely necessary. I put mine on to cross the street so that froze over the trail. Not a lot of great views

Icy spots between miles 2 and 3. Traction was very helpful with an inch of fresh snow.

Great trail conveniently close to Denver but still with fairly few other hikers/bikers. There were some ice flows across the trail in a couple spots and snow for some stretches before descent, but nothing that required spikes. Beautiful views and wooded the whole way, this trail is slightly challenging for a beginner due to the first half being a steady incline, but doable and rewarding.

I didn’t manage to include the overlook/old mill back side to this hike, but I did loop over to Chimney Rock and down to Elk Falls. With that short loop, it still came out to 11.5 miles in total. This one is not a particularly difficult hike in terms of elevation, but the distance definitely adds up. With that being said, this is one of my favorites within Staunton state park. All of the trails are well marked and well maintained, and I always encounter lots of deer along the way.

First 3 miles or so was ok view but after that was spectacular. Enjoyed it a lot. Easy trails, rather say "easy" than "moderate". No spots were icy. Enjoy! x

hiking
3 months ago

Love this trail! Beautiful winter hike! Spikes are good to have for sure.

Hike on 11/4. Great trail with beautiful vistas, meadows and rock outcroppings! There is some snow and ice on the north-facing sides and spikes were very helpful. It was worth the effort to do the side trail leading up to the lookouts. Only a handful of people on the upper trails. Just over three hours for an 8.2 mile loop.

I hiked Mason Creek to Bear Paw but then took Old Mill to Staunton Ranch for 8.5 miles. Nice terrain and not too crowded on a Sunday in November with below-freezing temperatures. Bear Paw is completely snow-covered: you should bring poles or traction devices. I just used poles and was fine. The two overlooks had lovely views and if it hadn't been so cold, would have been a good spot to sit for a while. I also only saw 4 dogs off-leash and only saw one poop bag on the side of the trail, which seems pretty good considering the popularity of this park.

New EAGLE Cliff has great views!
Started UP Mason Creek to Bypass to Eagle cliff
over to Mill Creek down. 4 hrs lung opener.
Forest & Aspen terrain. Coool, layered up, ears, gloves. Eight thirty Am trailhead beat weekend crowds. Oct 27 2018.ROX4hrs.lungopener

rock climbing
5 months ago

Went to Elk Falls. Rapped down Elk Falls. Repeated several times.

10/10.

The trails are well marked that I got through the trails with no problems. Incline was moderate. The aspens are beautiful and the fall colors are coming in. Sadly, I didn’t get to any overlook views due to fog and cloudiness, but they didn’t take away from the beauty of the trail. Definitely worth doing. I do recommend starting your hike/run early. I got there at 8:30 am with only three cars in the parking lot and once I got back to my car at noon, the parking was full.

Very nice, well maintained trail. it's pretty gradual the whole way around. definitely worth cutting onto bear paw for the overlooks. also features some large Aspen groves that are just now peaking

Amazing views. Most of it is very easy trail (short of the last .4 miles to get down to the waterfall)

hiking
5 months ago

A nice little loop. As others have noted, it gets crowded later in the day. Starting at 8 am, I was able to miss most of the crowds.

Breathtaking scenery along the way and at the end. Took me 5 hours with 2 twenty minute stops to enjoy the views. At Elk Pond you can take either Elk Falls Trail or Elk Falls Overview. Both are 1.1 miles from the pond. Elk Falls Trails leads you to the fall itself while Elk Falls Overview takes you to an overview that lets you see the Falls but also the entirety of Staunton State Park in all of its glory. The Overview Trail also passes through many Aspens which were stunning. Enjoy folks!

Did the 10.8 mile RT to Elk Falls. Beautiful hike. Bonus, there are port-a-potties along the trail and they DONT stink!!!

This was my second trip out to Staunton. I had been planning and building up to do the long 11+ mile hike to the waterfall all summer. This again was a spectacular start to finish hike. The fall colors are starting to peak on the aspens.

The cliff faces are the stars of this hike and it seems every new bend and corner either offers a new view of the Staunton cliffs or the mountains in the distance. The overlook before the pond is spectacular with amazing views of lions head and the mane which is full of red and yellow aspens.

Fellow hikers and park staff are always polite and helpful. I’ve never had a bad encounter in this park. I plan on doing one more blowout hike there before the leaves are gone.

5 stars / Highest possible recommendation

Solid moderate hike both in difficulty and traffic. Trails are well marked and perfect for trail running. Beautiful views from Eagle Cliffs, worth the trek up. Definitely put this one on your list.

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