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Stanley Mountain Trail [CLOSED] is a 7.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Empire, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 7.4 mi Elevation gain 1,788 ft Route type Out & Back
Dog friendly Hiking Nature trips Walking Forest Views Wild flowers Wildlife Closed
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Note: due to the start of William Fork fire, on August 14, 2020, this trail is temporarily closed. Find more info here: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6971/ From Berthoud Pass parking lot cross road south to trailhead. Climb at a moderate grade to timberline. Contour along a ridge and ascend 13 switchbacks to another ridge ascent and after about 1 hour from the start reach a sign: Vasquez Peak. From here on the trail drops and rises gently all the way to Stanley Mountain. It is a beautiful cruise. Keep an eye on the sky as there is significant lightening exposure. Atop Stanley you can turn around. Note you can see the trail continue down about 1700' southeast towards Henderson Mine. A spur trail goes to the Jones Pass Road at Henderson Mine. Or you can continue back up to 12,200'' and Jones Pass. You could park a second car there for a point to point hike.

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Heather Michener
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Still closed as of 9/20/20. Flora is open on the other side of the road though!

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Douglas Dremel
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It was a lot of fun and I got a decent work out coming from sea level. When we reached the top I got to see and touch snow. Also, I got to see ash falling from the wildfires a ways off and that was a first for me. It was quite exciting.

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Brad Protsman
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Theirs a trail closed sign at the beginning of the hike due to the fires it says. If I did do it which I didn’t because of the stern sign I’d recommend sun screen and a windbreaker just in case. 8/19/20

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MARSHALL ASTER
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I was here yesterday and the trail was closed due to fires in the area.

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jonah Humel
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Great trail! The majority of the incline is at the very beginning and then during a short stretch of switchbacks. Great views from the top even though it was pretty smokey from the fires.

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John McNitt
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For a "view" hike you can't beat this one. Trail was not crowded and for the most part masks were used. Uphill ascents were not overly strenuous, but still a good workout for this 70 year old. The only negative was the noticeable smoke from nearby fires that concealed the pristine beauty. Be prepared for strong winds and cool temps. I was glad I had lightweight wind breaker with hood. Will definitely do this one again when air clears.

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Edward Kenny
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It was awesome. Cold at the top with some hail, but more sun than anything.

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Dave Fiorucci
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Excellent conditions. Not to crowded. Praise the Lord for another day to breath and be free.

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Allison Fountain
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What a beautiful hike! You cover pretty much all of the elevation gain in the first mile and a half, so be prepared for that, but once you get past that last switchback section you reach the top of the mountain and basically hike on a pretty flat, rocky, terrain with beautiful views. No shade, but not hot because it's very windy in some sections, so be sure to bring a jacket. Also, if you have ever done Mount Flora, this is the trail right across the street, so you park in the same parking lot. Get there early because it fills up quick.

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Mark Langill
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Becca Harper
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Hiked this trail 2 weeks ago and it was too beautiful. Great trail to get acclimated on -- the only point of the trail that's tough is the section of switchbacks right before the upper ridges. Amazing views and clear trail all the way through.

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Sara Noel
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My husband and I loved hiking this trail! It has a lot of variety and it’s definitely challenging but not enough to beat you up like a 14er would. Will definitely repeat this hike years to come! :) Note* Trail head is on the opposite side of the road from the bathroom facilities.

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Sean Mcnicol
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Erin Sturm
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Arrived Sunday around 7:30am and parked at mount flora trailhead, lot was mostly full but had spots when we got back to car. the hike itself was a solid moderate - largest incline was at the switchbacks, then afterward was mostly flat. beautiful views above treeline, though was smokey for most of our hike. definitely recommend, and will be back!

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Ryan Hyatt
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Kyle Sandor
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Jennifer Campbell
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just beautiful! hiked just up to mount Stanley and back, about 7 miles round-trip

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Matthew Perry
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Great hike, park on same side of the road as the trail to avoid running through traffic. One of the better hikes that let's you enjoy hiking at elevation. great views and trail for miles.

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David Davidson
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We hiked this trail Saturday 08AUG. Arrived at parking lot just after 6:00 am and it was maybe a quarter full. Started the hike at 6:15. Including 15 minutes at the top we did it in 4:15 and I’m slow. Was about 40° at the start and incredibly windy above tree line. Be careful crossing the highway to the TH. Absolutely gorgeous views most of the hike. The summit is well worth the trip. Highly recommended!

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Ed Oltman
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Mitchell Scott
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Really nice trail. Good access from Denver, and you start at a higher altitude so you feel “in the mountains” right away. Good wildflowers in the first section. Flattens out at tree line before the switchbacks (toughest part) and then final rolling hills at the top. Great views during all but the first uphill section.

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Tim Rondeau
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Beautiful hike. Parking lot was pretty empty at 7:15 when I arrived. Quite full at 10 when I left.

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Ali Mithrandir
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This is one of my favorite hikes I've done so far! Parking lot was pretty much full when we got there at 8:30 AM on a Saturday. The whole way up was cloudy and misty but it made for a very unique hike. I loved the spooky vibe, instead of the usual hot Colorado sun! Once you get to the top the views are amazing, even with clouded views. We did around 6 miles...I would LOVE to go back and get in some more mileage as the trail just goes on and on.

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Alice Leininger
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Great trail, and you can really choose your own adventure. You start in a not-too-dense forest and there are gorgeous wildflowers the entire way. The tree line is about a mile and half so if you want a short hike with a solid view, you can stop there! But once you’ve hit the ridge, you’ve passed the hardest part of the incline so you can just enjoy the view. (Also a great option to practice trail running at altitude since it’s flat-ish along that ridge)

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Tade Decker
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Vikas Nataraja
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Hiked 07/18 (Saturday). Gorgeous trail with awesome views throughout. It's actually not that long of a hike - it took me about 2.5 hours to reach the peak which was again, gorgeous. The first 20 min are an uphill climb followed by a plateau and then another 20 min of serious ascent. But it's mostly smooth sailing after that but it does get very very windy above the tree line. And there was snow even in July! One thing I would note is that you have to watch out for the storms because they move in very quickly. I started at 2pm and by 3 there was a storm moving in and I saw a couple of people turn back because it can turn dangerous. I decided to go ahead and fortunately it simply remained cloudy. The temperature drop was severe - I think it was about 55 but because of the wind, it felt like 40-45F and my ears were hurting so I would highly recommend bringing either a light jacket or at least a windbreaker. The amazing views easily make up for it though. The entire hike took me just over 4.5 hours and I spent 45 min of that at the peak taking photos and admiring the view. Definitely worth checking out!

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Charles S
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Definitely a big bang for your buck! You'll enjoy an alpine experience without too much effort, in my opinion. Moderate is a good description. We clocked the hike at 8 miles. Parking was mostly filled at 7a on Saturday. Bathrooms at the warming hut were open. For the most part, it's a single-track trail. We saw plenty of hikers with masks. Plus, you'll be treated to plenty of peaks, including, Evans, Bierstadt, Parnassus, Grizzly, and mountains in the Indian Peaks. As mentioned, be careful crossing the road getting to the trailhead. And enjoy the hike!

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Molly Clark
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This is a Big Bang for your buck type of trail! It was so beautiful with views all the way around! I got to TH at 7:15 and the lot was about 3/4 full. Very clear the whole way. Reached the summit about 9:45. Amazing to be above treeline for awhile! As mentioned in other reviews- get there early and keep your eye on the sky!

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