Eagle Cliffs via Mason Creek, Bear Paw, Old Mill and Staunton Ranch Trail Loop

MODERATE 12 reviews
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Eagle Cliffs via Mason Creek, Bear Paw, Old Mill and Staunton Ranch Trail Loop is a 8.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Shaffers Crossing, Colorado that offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is rated as moderate offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
8.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1532 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

backpacking

hiking

nature trips

trail running

forest

views

wildlife

snow

hiking
14 hours ago

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.

6 days ago

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.

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Saturday, October 15, 2016