Staunton Ranch Trail to Mason Creek Trail Loop is a 8.7 mile heavily 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 October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
8.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,604 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

mountain biking

rock climbing

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

historic site

hiking
1 month ago

A nice little loop. As others have noted, it gets crowded later in the day. Starting at 8 am, I was able to miss most of the crowds.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful loop. The key is, as with most trails of course, is to start early. Took this one clockwise and began at 7am. Very serene beginning - I only shared the trail with a family of deer and a few squirrels. Part of Mason Creek portion is still closed for renovation so you will be rerouted to include Bear Paw as part of the loop. It adds a couple extra miles but is well worth it. The lookouts are fantastic. I took early lunch gazing out at the valley and distant ranges at Eagle Cliffs - don’t miss it. Plenty of wild flowers and aspen groves along the way. Lots of people on the way down late morning so an early start is worth the effort. Enjoy!

snowshoeing
9 months ago

Really beautiful today. You can make this loop a little longer by doing the bear paw loop as well. Great snowshoeing conditions The ranger said we would need spikes and snowshoes. Although someone else on the trail was wearing spikes we never took them out (but it did get a little icy). Saw a TON of deer. The pup loved it.

hiking
10 months ago

Mason Creek to the Bear Paw Loop (not shown on this map) is one of our favorites. Nice steady climb along the stream. Bear Paw has three excellent lookouts along the way. Make the extra trek to Eagle Cliffs. Awesome views. There were a few patches of ice along Mason Creek but very doable with just hiking boots. Not very crowded in January. Watch out for bikes.

mountain biking
Monday, November 20, 2017

Rode this clockwise (SR to BL to MC) - steady climb on trail that was not too technical and no hike-a-bike sections. Final three miles of downhill went too fast, as it always does. There were some snowy spots, but not icy, so I could still manage on a mountain bike. I might prefer this counter-clockwise to grind out the climb and enjoy a 4-ish mile descent. The middle offers a saddleback with about 300 feet down to the Old Mill Site and 300 feet back up over the next hill. Tracking with Runkeeper shows 9.25 miles with 1300 feet of elevation gain.

hiking
Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Easy trail dotted with aspens and snow. For an afternoon hike, we only passed three people the entire time. Gates now closing at 7:30pm.

Monday, September 04, 2017

Fun day hike, plenty of spots to stop for a view. There were a lot of mountain bikers but all very courteous.

hiking
Sunday, June 11, 2017

i really enjoyed it. ended up being a 10-mile loop. plenty to see, and great sustainable grade around the park. highly recommend. see my photos!

Monday, June 05, 2017

This is really a special place. With moderate trails and decent lengths for bikes, I'm sure it is always going to be a little busy on weekends. However the trails are generally wide and easy to share. I would suggest taking the Bear Paw trail up to Eagles Cliff overlook for a stunning view over the valley, Mt Evans to the north, Pikes Peak to the south and the continental divide to the west

mountain biking
Saturday, June 03, 2017

I haven't mountain biked singletrack in over a year; I used to ride competitively. This was the perfect loop trail to reintroduce my legs and lungs to high altitude biking. Even on a Saturday it wasn't overly crowded and the weather was perfect. Just a few very minor technical spots...mostly 6 miles of grinding gradual uphill with a rewarding 3 mile hauling ass and banging it out over a few rock beds on the way down. Absolutely beautiful ride.

hiking
Monday, April 17, 2017

My second time to Staunton. First visit did the Davis Pond trail, which was really mellow and perfect for that day. Had the time today to explore a bit more and really appreciate the variety of terrain. Stopped at the Old Saw mill for rest and a snack. can hardly wait to return and venture out to Elk Falls lookout.

hiking
Saturday, April 08, 2017

Staunton SP is definitely a new favorite! This trail was diverse and challenging, and best of all, not overcrowded! On a warm Saturday morning we saw only one other couple along the 4 miles of Mason Creek trail (this bit was snowy but definitely passable), and while the southern part of the park was busier, it was nowhere near as bad as many other trails within an hour's drive of Denver. Can't wait to go back to explore the elk falls area!

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Beautiful even with the construction at the beginning of the trail

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Friday, June 23, 2017

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Wednesday, June 07, 2017