Explore the most popular forest trails near Shaffers Crossing with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

This was such a beautiful hike! The park rangers were all so friendly and very helpful especially at the beginning when you get to the trailhead. You get a map of the park when you pull in and pay $7 for a day pass. We took the SR trail to the BE trail then went up the LB trail to get to the overlook of Elk Falls, that view alone is incredible!! Then we came back down LB to the CR trail, kind of a difficult switchback but the view of Chimney Rock is stunning! Halfway down the CR you can walk down to Elk Falls. That trail is difficult but once you get to the Falls, every step is worth it! We were super ambitious yesterday (8/11/18) so when we came back up from the falls we continued on CR then got onto the MP trail until we got to the SL trail (a little difficult towards the end of this 1.5 mile trail) then got back onto SR to get to our car. We covered about half of the state park & can’t wait to go back and explore the other half!

hiking
8 days ago

Trail is clearly marked and easy to follow. Nice trot for the family.

Nice long hike. I’d recommend going up to the top of the lions head if it’s open. There is a lions head loop.

Pretty once you get to the (mostly empty) falls, but a longer and harder hike than advertised, so be prepared if with little kids (like we were). Not very well marked either.

Three ridge lines that the trail meanders over and plenty of switchbacks. Cross the creek a tile or two. Saw a cow elk within 15 mins of starting. Kinda crowded after 10

hiking
14 days ago

Took the dogs for a late early morning hike the views were beautiful only encountered a few other hikers parking lot was rather empty for a weekday would do again and go further next time beautiful.

Nice trail. Popular area so get there early if you want to avoid crowds.

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!

We did not go to the overlook because going to the falls alone is almost 10 miles (roubdtrip), and our dog got to the falls and decided that was all the hiking he wanted to do for the day...

Extended this hike to about 9 miles. Went SR>SL>MP>BE>SR. The beginning of Scoutline is all up and hiker only. I only passed 3 other hikers while I was on the Scoutline portion of the trail - it was almost eerie since I was hiking alone. But also peaceful.

Did this hike back in March, when the waterfall was still frozen which was awesome! Was between 12-13 miles round-trip be we took the Service Road/Bugling Elk trails to the Falls and then the Marmot Passage/Scout Like trail back to the trailhead. Absolutely beautiful views on the way back! Highly recommend this hike, and don't let the distance stop you from doing this hike it really is moderate. Also, take the map it was very useful!

This trail was very beautiful and fun to hike except for the fact every few min I had to move myself and dog to the side for the bikers coming through. It was kind of a hassle. Would have enjoyed the hike more if it wasn’t for that.

Nice easy short hike. Arrived 7AM on a Sunday morning, plenty of parking, only two others on the trail. Crowds started arriving at 8ish as we were finishing.

What an incredible park!! Elk Falls and its Overlook are quite the sights while Marmot Passage and Scout Line trails kept this Flatlander's pulse at Orange and camera clicking outstanding views with the last vestiges of Autumn yellows. The trail map tells me that there's a bunch more to tread. Hurray

awesome views!!

Good trail with nice views. We loved the variety of the hike with stream, views, meadows and woods. Short 0.8mi section of Mason Creek Trl is closed at Bear Paw Trl lengthening the trail by a couple miles. We clocked length at 9.2mi, Steeper clockwise but more shady for the last couple miles. Really, really wish CO state parks would adopt Boulder Co Open Space off leash program.

Beautiful scenery. Long hike, but worth it. Took my 6 year old and she hiked all the way to the falls and back, which is amazing. We saw a hummingbird, a woodpecker, and a ton of spectacular views.

Great hike close to Denver.

Lovely trail with light traffic. The overlooks are a great payoff.

Cool hike. I’m in town from Jackson Hole for my kid’s hockey camp. Randomly picked this hike. Glad I did. Nice amount of shade. Doing this hike clockwise is the steeper way to go. Just what I was looking for.

Long but not difficult, full of really lovely wildflowers right now I've never seen anywhere else, Eagle Cliffs overlook is especially amazing. I started just before 8am on a Saturday and saw nobody on the way in but tons of people on the way back.

Great hike with good overlooks. Little rocky on old mill trail but manageable. Eagle cliff overview is a short challenging climb off the main path but worth the views! This is a horse and bike trail, so be on the lookout for other traffic.

Such a beautiful hike. Fantastic views at the first outlook, very forested, saw some deer, birds, butterflies and pretty Meadows with flowers. A part of the trail is closed, but it's clearly marked and you can just go around it so it doesn't affect your ability to hike. 7.00 day pass or a yearly option too. Can't wait to do the other trails sometime.

But you know what isn't great? People who hike with their dogs and leave their dog s**t bags on the trail. You're the worst kind of people. If you bring your dog, hike it's s**t back out with you too. That's what you signed up for by bringing them. Have some f**king respect for the nature we're out there to see and protect and appreciate. There was easily 10-15 bags of poop throughout the trail. There is a nicely maintained area at the park entrance with trash cans. Take some responsibility for yourselves.

hiking
1 month ago

My family of six hiked all the way to falls and back. My parents (58 and 45) finished the entire hike even though it was their first time hiking.

In terms of difficulty, the hike is only moderate because of the length of the hike, but there are very few areas where it is steep. The only portion I felt was slightly harder was the drop before the actual falls because it was slippery and steep.

The falls was pretty, but also quite small. It was a very scenic hike and we ran into deer here and there. We also saw a lot of mountain bikers and climbers while hiking.

Make sure to check the weather before going because we thought we would be able to beat the storm, but ended up getting caught in the rain. Our hike took a total of 4.5 hours. So for the hike back to the trailhead we were hiking in rain and completely drenched for 2 hours.

Beautiful trail. Nice and steady, pretty easy terrain. Great views all along the trail, and especially at a few lookout points. My dog enjoyed the creek that popped up throughout the hike as well.

Nice trail with a few great views. There's some good diversity with hiking along a creek, along the ridge, through the forest as well as some meadows and the trail is wide packed dirt with only a few areas of loose rocks. The elevation gain is pretty gradual with only a couple steep areas.

The lookout points are marked with signs (don't stop early for a break, the views from the marked areas are pretty great!). The old Mill is pretty well destroyed, but still very interesting to look at with some vehicle remains, a large saw mill and a still standing bunk house.

It was a bit long for my 10 year old, but my 15 year old didn't have any problems with the elevation gain and length. I tracked this particular route at 9 miles.

Decent trail....small waterfall....and very crowded with people

What a lovely find. I didn’t know this area, and this was really a beautiful hike. We did it counterclockwise, which meant that we were in the uncovered sunny traverse at the bottom in the hottest part of the day. I’d probably reverse that next time and try it clockwise for more shade in the final miles, at least if it is a warm day.

Some mountain bikers, but not as many as Jeffco open space, and also the trail is often wide enough that passage is easy.

I’d rate this moderate, not hard. Totally non-technical and straightforward to navigate, the hiking requires decent base fitness but no special skills.

Steady relatively easy long hike. Three very pretty lookout views at the end, part of the Loop is closed for restoration so if you want to see the viewpoints it makes the hike 9.8 miles instead of 7.9.

Nice and cool starting off early, it gets hot and towards the end there is not a lot of shade coverage.

Overall nice hike! $7 entrance fee for state park

This was not an easy trail, it was definitely moderate and there are barely any trail markers. We got lost and had to hike back up. Try doing that with three kids in tears at this point. Also we didn’t find the waterfall. Pretty hike, but will never go back.

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