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.
8/20/2016: Super windy and cold along the ridge. Definitely bring layers and water. Beautiful long distance views, anticlimatic end. We weren't sure we got to the end until we checked GPS later.
confirmed that this is darn near 9 miles RT. Absolutely beautiful hike with amazing views!! One of my favorites so far...
grab a light windbreaker, it is slightly windy and cold.
An amazing hike. Arguably the best mountain vista hike within an hour of Denver. The first 2.0 miles is challenging due to its elevation gain. It's pretty steep including a classic series of switchbacks straight up the hill. But the next 2.4 miles is along the ridge line and fairly moderate up and downs. And absolutely gorgeous the entire way. You can see north to Longs Pk and 360 views most of the way. I would rate this as a high moderate, just short of strenuous. A couple of notes: 1) most of this trail is above the ridge line so dress appropriately and monitor the weather carefully. 2) a flaw in alltrails is often the incorrect distance listed and this is one. From the parking lot to the Mt Stanley peak cairn is 4.4 miles each way or 8.8 miles round trip, not the 7.3 listed by alltrails.
Have hiked this a number of times, always an excellent, satisfying hike and today was no exception. This is actually the Continental Divide Trail and this segment goes to Vasquez Pass, Vasquez Peak, and eventually Jones Pass. Well worth it. Hike as long and as far as you want. Views are stunning, less traveled than the CD Trail to Mt. Flora.
Started out later in the evening today but really enjoyed the trail. I didn't make it ALL the way to the turn around point but pretty close. There isn't a sign marking the trail as the 'Stanley Mountain Trial', I only saw one at the beginning that said 'Continental Divide Trail'. If you park in the big lot at the start, just cross the road (careful, vehicles moving fast) and you'll find the tip of the trail. It was a diverse mix of terrain and scenery. I only crossed paths with three separate couples out and back. There were a handful of spots where I had to navigate through snow, some above my knees and I'm 6'2". Parts of the trail were wet from the snow melt. I will definitely enjoy this trail again.
Beautiful trail. This offers a much more peaceful and less trafficked hike than Mt. Flora across the street. Wonder views but some steep switchbacks make you earn it. Totally worth it.