Stanley Mountain Trail

MODERATE 59 reviews
#21 of 124 trails in

Stanley Mountain Trail is a 7.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Idaho Springs, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
7.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1991 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
1 month ago

This trail is so beautiful! The first 1.5 miles are gradually steeper and steeper until you get to the ridge, with many switchbacks. drink lots of water and takes lots of rest breaks! Once you are on the ridge (for about 5 miles) you have 360 degree views the whole way. Being up on the ridge for that long made the trail seem longer than it was ( we clocked it at 8 miles round trip). You can't even see the Stanley peak until you are well into the hike, many little "false summits". It was gusting 40-50 mph winds for 2/3 the ridge which also made it seem longer. Nevertheless the payoff is great, this was our first "summit" and we loved it. Took 3.5 hours round trip with plenty of breaks. Watch weather very carefully you do not want to be on the ridge if the weather goes south! Start early in the morning to avoid this. Saw only 3 other people on the whole hike, fabulous. Our dogs loved it too and did great.
*** flatlanders: this hike is above 12,000 feet for 5 miles. Be cautious. I did get altitude sickness, it wasn't fun! (Still worth it in the end).

hiking
1 month ago

**No park entry fee** We decided to turn back about half way through the trail, but we saw enough for a 5 star. The smoke from the NW fires have really taken over the mountain, the haze limited visibility to maybe a half mile out (which is a real bummer on a hike focused on long distance views). Couple that with large gusts of wind the higher we went, we decided to turn back and come back a different day when the views are more favorable. I can deal with difficult weather if I'm still able to experience the views. There were several hikers we saw continue on past the half way point but I would recommend saving the trip for when the smoke has cleared up. Can't wait to go back!!

1 month ago

Cute trail, but a little crowded for my taste. I can see why -- this would be a good way to get used to higher elevation climbs. Nothing too strenuous, but nice views the whole way.

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1 month ago

1 month ago

Love this trail.

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1 month ago

2 months ago

Pretty hike. Hard beginning. Not the most rewarding views but a really fun hike along the ridge line.

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

beautiful hike with unbeatable views! bring a light puffy and winter hat for up top bc it gets windy (and chilly).

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2 months ago

2 months ago

Stunning views above tree line, wildflowers on the forest trail. The switchback trail was not as hard as it looked and well worth getting to the plateau at the top for the views. Windy on the exposed ridges and at the top today, so bring layers. Great hike!

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Great day hike. I wouldn't consider it hard, maybe because the views made it so easy to keep going. Would highly recommend this to anyone wanting to get a look at the mountains. Wildflowers were beautiful as well! It's windy and colder at the top (48F) so bring layers. Keep in mind the majority of the hike is above tree line so keep an eye on the clouds.

2 months ago

This is my second time doing this hike. The elevation was in stages with some ascends and descends. Beautiful views from the top.

2 months ago

Absolutely beautiful! In total, the hike is roughly 8.5 miles but worth it!

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3 months ago

Amazing hike. The trail is completely clear and the switchbacks will give anyone a god leg workout.