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13 hours ago

We love Staunton State Park. Tons of hiking options for length, difficulty and scenery. There is a lake, a waterfall and several awesome overlooks. However, this can make the park very crowded at time. Be prepared. We had a steady climb up Mason Creek to Bear Paw. Bear Paw is a new trail that is still not showing on most maps. It is worth the extra mileage. There are three great overlooks on the loop. Take the extra trek to Eagle Cliffs and have lunch. We then cut back down Old Mill and back to the trailhead using Staunton Ranch Trails. This made for about an 8.5 mile hike. Most of Mason Creek is in the woods providing nice cover and also follows a stream most of the way. A great hike, especially if you can find a quiet day.

hiking
15 hours ago

What a view! The first five miles are a service road that takes you slowly downhill (remember what comes down must go up!) On your right you'll see a beaten path, with cairns to mark. Keep following those cairns on your way up! It's easy to get lost.

I'm very short, and found the use of my poles very necessary on the way up and down the most steep sections. The scramble to the top isn't so bad -- but make sure you climb all the way up to those smooth-looking boulders. It's so worth it. 360 degree view, birds whizzing by, and you'll likely be alone.

Lots of tree coverage once you get past the service road, but I'd still recommend hitting this early in the summer months.

The view from the top more than makes up for the intense climb to get there.

It would be very easy for a beginner to get lost on this trail. Follow the cairns and you should arrive at the peak without too much confusion. The road in is through pretty terrain, but it's clearly just a service road. There are a lot of signs of wildlife, and we saw two deer just off the road. The trailhead is a little hard to find, and is overgrown for the first mile or so. Use other hikers' routes or look for a path headed east as you begin to leave Long Scraggy behind you on the service road. There are only two sections where you'll need to use your hands, but the rest of the trail is pretty loose and very steep, so bring poles if you're worried about a steep climb. Once you get to the top, look for a rock formation (it's pretty obvious) and scramble up to get to the metal stamps and an amazing view. Be somewhat cautious of the birds at the peak, as they have no problem flying within inches of your face.

hiking
17 hours ago

hiking
6 days ago

Although a pretty far drive from Denver, this trail tends to be pretty quiet which makes it worth the drive. The first mile are some fairly steep switchbacks. The next mile and a half you are walking through remnants of the Buffalo Creek wildfire. While this makes for a surreal landscape you are very exposed to the elements with no shade in sight. Be prepared. After that the trail returns to the pine forest with some great shade. There is no true end to this hike and as far as I know there is not a trail to the top of Raleigh Peak (although I did read somewhere you can get to the top if you take the old road and not the Colorado Trail). It is up to you to decide how far to go. If you are feeling adventurous you could take this trail to Chair Rocks. That would make the round trip about 12 miles. Some interesting scenery along the way but no real views of the snow caps. If you look close you get a few views of Pikes Peak.

Huge parking lot. Well marked and wide trails. Low traffic! Great view at the top!!

hiking
11 days ago

beautiful well kept trails. my dog especially enjoyed the shade and stream along the trail.