Explore the most popular Wild Flowers 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.

We hiked a section of this trail yesterday. We went from Staunton Ranch to a few other trails (that’s the beauty of this park!) for a total of just over 4 miles. We were somewhat limited on time, so stayed in lower trails. Traction isn’t necessary, but was helpful. There is snow, ice, mud and dry dirt trail. We encountered one group camping and one cyclist, one ice fisherman on Davis Ponds, just one other group hiking. Pretty area!

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!

hiking
12 days ago

Great short hike. Awesome views. Brought the puppy and he loved it as well. And yes I carried out my doggie bag.

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muddy
snow
14 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.

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

Amazing views throughout we tried to add elk falls trail but Started running short on daylight. Not many people at all for a weekend 11.5 miles with up and down elevation gain. Hiking took a little under 5 hrs with all the ice snow tracks helped for sure to prevent slips and so did hiking poles. Lots of various wildlife tracks in the snow. Gorgeous all the way!

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.

Just hiked the Staunton Ranch trail toward Elk Falls past Sunday afternoon. Clear, well marked trail. Great views.

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.

This was a fantastic hike. Excellent trail, beautiful scenery and not too difficult. It could be hot in the summer but it would be perfect any other time. We followed the SR to BE up to the lake and took Marmot Passage (MP) out and it was almost exactly 10 miles. The MP part had the best views and connected back to SR. One of our favorite new hikes.

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.

Good hike to miss some of the crowds at Staunton. After fighting the traffic on Staunton Ranch for a couple of miles you turn on to Scout Line Trail. Scout Line and Marmot stay fairly quiet and no bikes allowed on much of the trail. Some very nice views along the way to the lake. The lake/pond is a great place to stop for lunch. It is frozen solid at this time. Only a few snowy spots at this time. No need for extra traction. Very quiet on Christmas Eve.

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.

Hiked this trail on 11/17/18 to Elk Falls. The trail is broad and extremely easy to follow, and I would rate this is more of an easy rather than moderate hike. Saw several elk about a mile in, both hiking out and back. It’s mostly open/not heavily forested, and part of the trail follows along the service road for the park. The SR trail was largely bereft of snow; however, the BE and CR trails were covered, although not heavily. Had microspikes, but didn’t use them. The only somewhat challenging part was descending down to see the falls, and trekking poles would be nice for that, as well as for parts of the service road that are covered in snow.

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.

rock climbing
5 months ago

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

10/10.

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!

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