Mason Creek Trail to Bear Paw Trail

MODERATE 44 reviews
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Mason Creek Trail to Bear Paw Trail is a 7.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Shaffers Crossing, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
7.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1440 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

rock climbing

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Mason Creek Trail to Bear Paw Trail Loop and back. Pikes Peak Overlook and Catamount Overlook with spectacular 180 degree views.

23 days ago

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

hiking
3 months ago

Icy but managed with just boots.

4 months ago

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.

hiking
5 months ago

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!

hiking
6 months ago

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.

hiking
6 months ago

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.

hiking
7 months ago

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.

hiking
9 months ago

Really great front range hike. Recommend if you do his hike just jump off to eagle cliff as that is the BEST view on this hike! Very moderate- only reason it is moderate is because of distance. Very little incline

hiking
9 months ago

Well maintained trails with almost no hikers in the evening. The eagle cliffs were easily the highlight of this route.

trail running
11 months ago

Loved this trail. Long slow climb, beautiful views including several look outs over valley.

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