Explore the most popular trail running 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.

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!!!

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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16 days ago

Had to make this hike a quick one because the sun was going down. Finished in 2.5 hours with short stops at Catamount Overlook, Pikes Peak Overlook, and Eagle Cliffs. I’d say this is probably a 3-4 your hike if you’re moving at an average walking pace. Solid views and nice trails throughout. A little rocky or slippery in some spots so watch your footing. There were a few rock climbing spots that seemed to be just off the trail toward the beginning.

hiking
22 days ago

We have hiked at Staunton many times, but this was our first time going to Elk Falls. The trail was amazing. It is a little steep going down to the base of the falls, but totally worth it. The beginning of the trail was a bit crowded, but once you got to the BE trail we only saw a few groups of people. The pond has some brook trout and my husband wished he would have brought his fly pole. We will definitely do this trail again!

Great hike! Would highly recommended

A very nice day. Unfortunately there were many large groups of mountain bikers, all mostly very courteous but one group who actually said we hikers should step off the trail for them. Moving to the side wasn’t good enough. I wish these kids didn’t get so many trophies along the way. They need to be taught some respect. Many parts of the trail become narrow and easy to slide off when dodging bikes. Especially when you can’t hear them until they slide behind you screaming LEFT. By the way bikers, hikers have the right of way in such (seldom) situations. IMBA offers great guidelines to share the trail. Other than that it was worth the time out.

This was such a beautiful hike! The park rangers were all so friendly and very helpful especially at the beginning when you get to the trailhead. You get a map of the park when you pull in and pay $7 for a day pass. We took the SR trail to the BE trail then went up the LB trail to get to the overlook of Elk Falls, that view alone is incredible!! Then we came back down LB to the CR trail, kind of a difficult switchback but the view of Chimney Rock is stunning! Halfway down the CR you can walk down to Elk Falls. That trail is difficult but once you get to the Falls, every step is worth it! We were super ambitious yesterday (8/11/18) so when we came back up from the falls we continued on CR then got onto the MP trail until we got to the SL trail (a little difficult towards the end of this 1.5 mile trail) then got back onto SR to get to our car. We covered about half of the state park & can’t wait to go back and explore the other half!

hiking
1 month ago

Trail is clearly marked and easy to follow. Nice trot for the family.

Hiked this trail two days ago and had to take about a 2 mile detour due to trail closures. Still a good hike with decent views and not too many people.

hiking
1 month ago

Took the dogs for a late early morning hike the views were beautiful only encountered a few other hikers parking lot was rather empty for a weekday would do again and go further next time beautiful.

Beautiful loop. The key is, as with most trails of course, is to start early. Took this one clockwise and began at 7am. Very serene beginning - I only shared the trail with a family of deer and a few squirrels. Part of Mason Creek portion is still closed for renovation so you will be rerouted to include Bear Paw as part of the loop. It adds a couple extra miles but is well worth it. The lookouts are fantastic. I took early lunch gazing out at the valley and distant ranges at Eagle Cliffs - don’t miss it. Plenty of wild flowers and aspen groves along the way. Lots of people on the way down late morning so an early start is worth the effort. Enjoy!

Extended this hike to about 9 miles. Went SR>SL>MP>BE>SR. The beginning of Scoutline is all up and hiker only. I only passed 3 other hikers while I was on the Scoutline portion of the trail - it was almost eerie since I was hiking alone. But also peaceful.

Staunton State Park is beautifully maintained and trails are well marked. Park fees are $7. It’s a great spot close to the city and there are a lot of trail options for every level of hiker (or biker, climber, horseback rider!).

We hiked Staunton Ranch trail to Elk Pond to Elk Falls Overlook (Lion’s Head Trail is currently closed). We did the trail on a Tuesday and saw only a handful of hikers and bikers (intermittent rain showers I think helped with the traffic as well). Overall time was about 4.5 hours and 10 miles - I think moderate is a fair rating for the trail with moderate inclines on Elk Pond trail and a tougher climb on the Elk Falls Overlook trail.

Keep an eye out for wildlife - we spotted marmots, deer, and other critters on the trails!

Loved the hike. Easy enough for most people. Some sunny spots but a lot of in/out of trees. Pretty scenery towards the end and before the falls. Lots of mountain bikers hit this trail because of its so maintained by Parks services.

This is a great getaway from Denver, this loop is nice and one should connect to the waterfall trailhead. Bikers were more in numbers than hikers.

This trail was very beautiful and fun to hike except for the fact every few min I had to move myself and dog to the side for the bikers coming through. It was kind of a hassle. Would have enjoyed the hike more if it wasn’t for that.

Awesome trail before we finally gave in to the storm following us and turned around at the Pikes Peak overlook. Gorgeous views there and all the way up to it

This was a good hike for my friends from out of town.

Good trail with nice views. We loved the variety of the hike with stream, views, meadows and woods. Short 0.8mi section of Mason Creek Trl is closed at Bear Paw Trl lengthening the trail by a couple miles. We clocked length at 9.2mi, Steeper clockwise but more shady for the last couple miles. Really, really wish CO state parks would adopt Boulder Co Open Space off leash program.

Skip Bugling Elk! You are in a service road the majority of the time. Stick to Staunton Ranch and treat it is an out and back. It is in a state park, $7 for parking, so it is understandably crowded definitely should be listed is “moderately” trafficked. But once you get to the lake and take the switchbacks in to the wilderness you get some elevation and beautiful views of Lionshead (I think?) But what am I bitching about?? It’s a pretty sweet 10 mike hike within 45 minutes of the city. Get there early and you can have some alone time, enjoy!

Great hike close to Denver.

Lovely trail with light traffic. The overlooks are a great payoff.

Not too shabby. It was a beautiful trail great for trail running. Wasn’t insanely busy and it was 4th of July.

Cool hike. I’m in town from Jackson Hole for my kid’s hockey camp. Randomly picked this hike. Glad I did. Nice amount of shade. Doing this hike clockwise is the steeper way to go. Just what I was looking for.

Long but not difficult, full of really lovely wildflowers right now I've never seen anywhere else, Eagle Cliffs overlook is especially amazing. I started just before 8am on a Saturday and saw nobody on the way in but tons of people on the way back.

Great hike with good overlooks. Little rocky on old mill trail but manageable. Eagle cliff overview is a short challenging climb off the main path but worth the views! This is a horse and bike trail, so be on the lookout for other traffic.

Such a beautiful hike. Fantastic views at the first outlook, very forested, saw some deer, birds, butterflies and pretty Meadows with flowers. A part of the trail is closed, but it's clearly marked and you can just go around it so it doesn't affect your ability to hike. 7.00 day pass or a yearly option too. Can't wait to do the other trails sometime.

But you know what isn't great? People who hike with their dogs and leave their dog s**t bags on the trail. You're the worst kind of people. If you bring your dog, hike it's s**t back out with you too. That's what you signed up for by bringing them. Have some f**king respect for the nature we're out there to see and protect and appreciate. There was easily 10-15 bags of poop throughout the trail. There is a nicely maintained area at the park entrance with trash cans. Take some responsibility for yourselves.

hiking
3 months ago

My family of six hiked all the way to falls and back. My parents (58 and 45) finished the entire hike even though it was their first time hiking.

In terms of difficulty, the hike is only moderate because of the length of the hike, but there are very few areas where it is steep. The only portion I felt was slightly harder was the drop before the actual falls because it was slippery and steep.

The falls was pretty, but also quite small. It was a very scenic hike and we ran into deer here and there. We also saw a lot of mountain bikers and climbers while hiking.

Make sure to check the weather before going because we thought we would be able to beat the storm, but ended up getting caught in the rain. Our hike took a total of 4.5 hours. So for the hike back to the trailhead we were hiking in rain and completely drenched for 2 hours.

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