Staunton Ranch and Bugling Elk Loop Trail

MODERATE 117 reviews
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Staunton Ranch and Bugling Elk Loop Trail is a 8.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Pine, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
8.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1410 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

rock climbing

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

Staunton Ranch Trail is a wide trail and the central avenue to navigate Staunton State Park.

hiking
1 month ago

Fall hiking here is beautiful. Not a lot of people and plenty of wild life to see. The hardest part of hiking here is picking which trail to do. They all offer something special, which brings you back over and over again.

3 months ago

Lots of colors at the lookout!

4 months ago

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hiking
4 months ago

My mom and I went on a Sunday morning (about 8:30am) and it was a beautiful day. We wanted to make it a half day so we went on the Staunton trail and back the same way. This totals to about 6.5 miles. I was surprised to see that such few people were there at that time. They did start showing up as time went on. This was a gorgeous and peaceful hike. A lot of trees but also some spots for sunshine. We didn't use sunscreen and did just fine. There seem to be so many trail options. Cant wait to hike more!

4 months ago

Not the best views, but a nice rolling hike with clearly marked trails, ample parking and only a few others around!

hiking
4 months ago

Trail was a mix we took Staunton ranch trail (easy) to Scout line Mod/hard depending on ones condition. lot of rock climbs and switch backs. we then took mason Creek trail to the bond, looped to bulging Elk trail, back onto Staunton Ranch trail. all in all a 10.42 mile hike. Beautiful park and we all enjoyed the lack of people and the scenery.

hiking
4 months ago

Incredible hike, especially if you make it to the lower part of Elk Falls.

hiking
5 months ago

This is now one of my favorite hikes. We parked down by Elk Creek Road and took the Staunton Ranch Trail to Scout Line Trail, then we jumped on Marmot Passage Trail to Chimney Rock Trail which took us to Elk Falls.... spectacular! Coming back, we went from Chimney Rock to Bugling Elk Trail which took us back to Staunton Ranch Trail. The whole journey was 13.2 miles of breathtaking views, wild raspberries and wildlife. Can't wait to go back and check out the Mason Creek Trail!

hiking
5 months ago

Easy hike not too far from the city. Pretty good views and well-kept trail--if you're not trying to drive far I would recommend this loop. $7 entrance fee

6 months ago

Put in 14+ miles hiking today. Definitely recommend the waterfall followed by the overlook. West Meadow following the overlook is a nice contrast. Save hiking Marmot Pass then Scout Line (hiking only) for the go home leg. Perfect way to finish the hike.

I'm pretty fit and suggest 2 liters of water minimum IMO for the route I did.

6 months ago

Beautiful hike through a valley, great for hiking with kids or new hikers. I would label this easy except for distance. Lots of other people, I'd try again on a weekday. Also there is a fee to enter the park.

hiking
6 months ago

Great trails, wide, not rocky. Beautiful scenery and lots of walking through trees. Definitely going again!

hiking
7 months ago

We need a bit of a different hike to elk falls. Staunton ranch trail - scout line - marmot passage - chimney rock - elk falls and then came back they bugling elk - Staunton ranch. Put us at just under 11 miles RT. Great hike. Great views. Lots of sunshine! All trails varied from easy to moderate to a little challenging after your legs are dead from previous climbs haha. Really enjoy all the different trails. Lots of mountain bikers and horseback

hiking
7 months ago

Wonderful trail with lots of birds and other wildlife. We saw a moose close to Elk Falls Pond.

hiking
7 months ago

Loved the 9-mile loop hike. Incredible views of Evans and Pikes Peak.

8 months ago

Great reward at the end if you hike to the falls overlook which is 1.1 mi past the end of this hike.roundtrip is 11.4 miles.

hiking
Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Great trail! Well marked and not difficult. Had some great views on the back side of the hike.

hiking
Monday, October 17, 2016

We actually hiked to Elk Falls (not in AllTrails) which was 12 miles out and back. It was pretty easy hike, we even took my 9 yr old with no complaints! Started around 10am, finished at 530pm not very busy at all. Saw 3 coyotes on the road on the way up and tons of mule deer along the trail. We did get hailed on, had to hide under some trees, but the waterfall was beautiful. Volunteers did drive by twice during our hike. Great biking trails also!

hiking
Thursday, October 13, 2016

Fun hike. Lots of areas of shade and exposure.

hiking
Monday, October 03, 2016

Close to Denver, gorgeous weather, beautiful views, and not much elevation gain. Great last minute decision to hike! Not very crowded, however, started around 9am. Started to get crowded as we left around 1pm. There is a "new" trail called Chimney Rock, veering left after the cabin and lake. This takes you to the base of the falls -- great lunch spot.

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