Explore the most popular rock climbing 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.

I was in town visiting family and had picked this particular park out for my first Colorado hiking adventure (with RMNP coming up 2 days later.) My cousin went with me and we were at the ranger station along 7:15 in the morning and set off by 7:30am. he weather was chilly at first but within the first hour, I was down to a fleece sweater only. While it was cool, the weather warmed up quickly. The weather was perfect
for hiking and we saw so many deer in the park on the trail while hiking.

We saw many who were out hiking, trail running, and mountain biking. Everyone was polite and keeping to LNT principles.

We started out on Staunton Ranch and did the overlook trail to Bugling Elk and back around to Elk Falls Pond. Suffice to say, the view was amazing and the water so crystal clear. There were a few places where there was still some snow - mostly in the shade
of the trees - but mostly the trail was manageable with no additional gear, provided you were mindful of your steps. If you're on the Staunton Ranch trail and before the overlook, there is a stream for filling bottles, provided it's also filtered.

Considering I only arrived into Denver the afternoon before, the climbs were challenging but also fun (coming from a very low elevation location.)

We took our time and arrived at the pond along around 10am. Elk Pond is a gorgeous place for a break, snack, pictures, and refilling water with a filter.

On our way out there was a group doing service maintenance and clearing out dead wood.

Park Volunteer Jenna lapped us twice and was so helpful out on the trails. We asked some questions and she had an abundance of information for us, too.

If I had more time, I would have tried to do Chimney trail and Lion's Head. Suffice that's what will be saved for next time.

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

My fourth time up and took another new trail. We made it to the waterfall, about 10 miles round trip. A few snowy parts but we were fine with just our hiking poles.

Fun Sunday hike

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 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.

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.

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!!

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.

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.

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.

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.

Very nice 7 mile loop.
Took SR to MP to SL nice scenic views on SL.
Took about 3.5 hrs
Next time will head down to Elk Falls.
Not too much el gain 1100’
https://www.alltrails.com/explore/recording/staunton-sr-sl-loop

Fall hiking here is beautiful. Not a lot of people and plenty of wild life to see. The hardest part of hiking here is picking which trail to do. They all offer something special, which brings you back over and over again.

Awesome hike. Recommend it to anyone, especially if you have people in town visiting. Great mountain bike trail as well.

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.

Rode this clockwise (SR to BL to MC) - steady climb on trail that was not too technical and no hike-a-bike sections. Final three miles of downhill went too fast, as it always does. There were some snowy spots, but not icy, so I could still manage on a mountain bike. I might prefer this counter-clockwise to grind out the climb and enjoy a 4-ish mile descent. The middle offers a saddleback with about 300 feet down to the Old Mill Site and 300 feet back up over the next hill. Tracking with Runkeeper shows 9.25 miles with 1300 feet of elevation gain.

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.

Easy trail dotted with aspens and snow. For an afternoon hike, we only passed three people the entire time. Gates now closing at 7:30pm.

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.

Lots of colors at the lookout!

Fun day hike, plenty of spots to stop for a view. There were a lot of mountain bikers but all very courteous.

8 months ago

Nice trail with a few minor rock challenges.

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