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Marmot Passage Loop via Staunton Ranch Trail

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Staunton State Park

Marmot Passage Loop via Staunton Ranch Trail is a 9.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Conifer, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 9.8 mi Elevation gain 1,545 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Forest

Lake

River

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Getting There

Note: $8 entrance fee per vehicle On this trail you will pass through meadows, aspen groves, and around Elk Falls Pond. Opportunity to see lots of wildlife. Be aware of bears, mountain lions, and coyotes. Do not feed the wildlife.

Paved parking. Portable toilets available intermittently throughout park. Picnic areas available for reservation throughout park.

http://cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/parks/Staunton (303) 816-0912 Staunton.Park@State.Co.Us Park Hours Open from 7 a​​.m. until 9​ p.m.​​ Entrance Staffing Hours Monday - Thursday: 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Friday - Sunday: 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.

No camping. Start early as parking is limited. Be aware of summer afternoon thunderstorms. Dogs are welcome on 6 foot leash. Horses and mountain biking on some trails. Bring plenty of water as some trails do not have much shade.

Take US Highway 285 south to Shaffers Crossing, about 6 miles west of Conifer. Turn north on Elk Creek Road and follow the signs 1.5 miles to the park entrance.

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Erin Sturm
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Sunday 7/26. arrived before 8am with plenty of parking in main lot. hiked counter clockwise to have more gradual elevation gain, and was glad as the scenery was much better after reaching the lake and heading back to the car. the routes are all very well marked and you can tell the park is newer - it's trails are well maintained and the buildings are all nice. marmot passage and scout line have great overlooks and (esp scout line) has a section of decent elevation gain. great spot close to the city for a day hike. 9 dollars to enter park.

Kim W User
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Hiking

Did the SR-BE-MP-SL loop counter clockwise so elevation gain was more gradual. Marmot Passage is very steep so glad we were going down instead of up on this section. SL (Scout Line) is very scenic, has a a lot of nice views and no hikers which is nice because there are a lot of bikers (all very courteous). Took us 5-1/4 hours. The entire hike is very scenic. Great park!

Roxana Pezeshki
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Hiking

Kind of confusing once you get there the park is much bigger than expected

E Chan
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Hiking

Completed this gorgeous hike today in 4 hours, 40 minutes. From the parking lot, follow the SR signs to begin the Staunton Ranch trail. We had planned to take the Scout Line branch off up to Marmot Passage and loop back down Staunton Ranch, but we missed the turn off (for anyone who wants to take Scout Line up, turn left at the four-way intersection: Old Mill will be to your right, and Scout Line will go downhill to the left, by a porta potty and trash can towards a service road). Even though we missed the Scout Line turn off, continuing up Staunton Ranch to Bugling Elk (1.3 miles) to Elk Falls Pond (1.1 miles) was absolutely beautiful and not too rigorous as far as ascents go. We enjoyed lunch at Elk Falls Pond and then took Marmot Passage back to Scout Line, to Staunton Ranch Trail, for our descent. The views coming down Scout Line were truly stunning, with fantastic views of Lion's Head and occasional views of Pikes Peak as well. The trail is pretty well-shaded by Ponderosa Pines, but there is not much shade by Elk Falls Pond. I absolutely loved this hike and will be back again soon!

Frances Silva
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Hiking

This system of trails is not super easy to follow. We went wanting to do Bugling Elk which we found but ended up adding on the Marmot Passage trail as well. Overall, very beautiful and lush green foliage. Some exposure on the first trail system. Lots of fun and differing terrain. Would definitely recommend this as an intermediate hike. Loved it.

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Matt Prell
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Bluebird day hiking this, overlook points were nice.

Troy Raines
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Hiking

Loved the walk! Beautiful Colorado day!

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Shashana Markus
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Jake Morrison
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Hiking

Fine trail. Not a lot of scenery but a good one to get out of the house.

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Valerie Foley
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Trail in great condition, was packed snow and icy in some spots when you got to Marmot Passage and the Bugling Elk Trail portion was snowy and icy the whole time. I didnt put on the microspikes though so it was manageable. Word of caution if you have dogs, there are a LOT of mixed reactions towards dogs in the park right now. I have seen some off leash and people dont care, some on leash and people going out of there way to avoid the dog group, and I even saw a yelling match between a dog owner and an elderly man who was worried about COVID infected canines. If you bring your pup, be aware.

Rebecca Stein
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I would rate this as easy. The elevation gain was very gradual. It was snowing for most of my hike, and I slipped a few times, but not enough ice to need spikes.

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Roberta Donaldson
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mostly melted and some snow pack in the marmot trail part. I brought my spikes but didn't use them

Becca Venable
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Such a beautiful hike! Very un-trafficked for a Thursday morning. Had no issue parking in a basically empty parking lot about 9 AM. Very dog friendly. Nothing too strenuous.

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Maggie Rodney
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Hiking

I had a good time on this trail and it’s a nice day hike - but the volume of mountain bikers is so high that it was frustrating to hike this with my dog because of the number of times we had to stop and move off the trail. If you don’t have a dog, I highly recommend!

Adam Ellsworth
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Hiking

Part of a great, well-maintained system of trails, but note that most of them are also open to mountain bikers. Was pretty lightly trafficked at 8am on a Saturday morning, but getting relatively crowded by early afternoon. Ended up doing Staunton Ranch to Marmot to West Meadow down to the falls overlook and Elk Falls trails (recommended), then back up Chimney Rock to Bugling Elk and back to Staunton Ranch.

AllTrails User
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Hiking

Hiked two days ago. Added the Falls and Chimney Rock to it. Took 5.5 hours of steady hiking. Stopped for 15 minutes at the Falls and 10 minutes at the Falls overlook. A stunning hike. Water, meadows, Falls and vistas. One of the top 2 or 3 hikes I’ve ever done. With the additions, we ended up hiking over 14 miles. I took 2 liters of water with me and it wasn’t enough. Was out of h2o with 3 miles to go. Accurately rated at Moderate although there are a at least two short but difficult stretches are involved - down to the Falls and back and up and out of the pond area. Enjoy!!

Alexandra Hegedus
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Great trail if you like good views... be ready to shift elevation though!

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Beth Buehrer
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Hiking

Beautiful trail with lots of great options to customize your hike! Ended up going to the waterfall and over the pass before coming back to Staunton Ranch trail. Great views and you just can’t beat the colors of Colorado.

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Bree Walker
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Hiking

Amazing hike tons to see and very well maintained!

Rubin Patel
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Hiking

excellent hike with beautiful views. had to deal with a 30 minutes of hail but other than that it was amazing

Carl Tiu
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05/03/2019 - $8.00 entrance fee at the gate credit card accepted - lots of parking - steep drive hill before the overwatch - rocky steep towards the waterfall - not a lot of shades in some parts

nina st
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Hiking

This trail is a amazing hike for those willing to go 12miles/5-6 hours. The waterfall and overlook were stunning and it wasn’t very populated making for a true nature experience.

Austin Plemons
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Hiking

More difficult than expected. Waterfall was very cool and worth the trip.

Dave E.
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Xan P.S
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Hiking

One of my favorite trails of all time. Hiked this on the 28th with a group of 4 hikers. Started at 10:45, ended at 6:00. Stopped for 4 breaks along the way as well as stopping at all the viewpoints. The overlook, falls, and chimney rock are all stunning and the sweeping views of the foothills while climbing are awe inspiring. Only saw 3 other people on the trail, including a group of volunteers that reminded us to leash our dog. Lots of elevation gain and loss on this one. Your kegs should be close to jelly by the end of this one. No spikes needed- trail was dry and very well marked.

Richard Strodell
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Hiking

Great hike for shoulder season. Our group of 10 hikers were surprised to find the trailhead lot nearly empty when we arrived at 10am on Sunday, April 21st. We started our hike with a serendipitous chat with a super friendly ranger. He confirmed our planned route and offered some spurs that extended the hiking distance. We ended up hiking ~14 miles in 6 hours including breaks. There wasn’t any snow on the trail but we did have some light snowfall midday, but the trails stayed dry. We were happy to have mostly each brought a warmer layer and a rain coat (mostly for wind during our lunch break at a beautiful overlook and for cover from the spray while viewing elk falls). There is mountain bike use on the lower elevation parts of the trail which is always easy to manage. Heck, the trail was so flowy and easy to walk that I felt like I had wheels!! Remember the 2019 CPW fee increase, so if you haven’t bought your annual pass yet, expect $8-10 per vehicle.

Ingrid Hockenberry
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Hiking

Beautiful hike. Great views.

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