Staunton State Park - Full Clockwise Loop
ElevationAscent: 2,692' 821 m
Descent: -2,692' -821 m
High: 9,510' 2,899 m
Low: 8,186' 2,495 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 28% (16°)
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“A very fun, reasonable tour with beautiful scenery and perfect mix of cross-country and downhill.”— Ian Eldridge
The southern section of the park (Staunton Ranch Trail and Mason Creek Trail) can get rather crowded with hikers, however the trails are pretty wide at these parts. Once up in the northern sections, the trails are less crowded, but have gotten busier now that the park has gained a little more popularity.
This route had been updated as of October 2017 to include all the new multi-use trails in the park. This ride can take anywhere from 3-5 hours total for a solid intermediate rider in good shape, depending on how much time you want to spend taking in the sights - which are highly recommended! With the combination of rock formations, waterfalls, and mountain views, Staunton offers a very uncharacteristic adventure this close to the front range.
West Meadow Trail is a new moderate multi-use trail that is a fantastic alternative to the Lion's Back Trail which is essentially just a dirt road. Continue counterclockwise around this trail through pine forests and a meadow to end up back on Lion's Back Trail. From here, make a right, and continue to the Elk Falls Overlook. This overlook is hiker only. Come back down Lion's Back Trail the same way you came up, and make a right onto Chimney Rock Trail.
Chimney Rock Trail is another one of the new multi-use trails in the park. There are some great man-made rock benches on this trail to cross over scree fields. About .9 miles into this trail, there is a hitching rail for horses, and an optional hikers only trail to the base of Elk Falls. Continue counterclockwise down Chimney Rock Trail back to Elk Falls Pond.
From Elk Falls Pond, you have the option to climb back over Marmot Passage Trail from west to east which would provide an additional 1.3 miles and 300' of climbing to the tour, with some added fun downhill as a reward. If you want to truly see every trail in the park and have no repeats or out-and-backs, then head north onto Bugling Elk Trail from Elk Falls Pond. This is a very short section of the tour, and a great chance to give your legs a break before the steepest climb. It climbs and progresses from a meadow, and through the woods on a rutted road back down to the 4-way intersection of Marmot Passage Trail, Staunton Ranch Trail and Border Line Trail.
From here, make a left onto Border Line Trail which is the hardest and steepest climb on the tour. A quick up and down cruises along the side of the mountain, and then the switchbacks and big climb begins. The trail peaks at about 1.2 miles, at Staunton Rocks Overlook. The descent starts and ends at the Old Mill site, a turn-of-the-20th century sawmill that has some cool abandoned buildings and equipment. This is a 3-way intersection of Mason Creek Trail and Old Mill Trail, which is a hiking-only trail.
From here, go left onto Mason Creek Trail, which you'll climb for about a mile first through pines then through an aspen grove and small meadow before you come to the turn off for the newly opened Bear Paw Trail.
Bear Paw Trail is a very fun, at times technical segment. There are always moderate options around the technical features. At about .4 miles in, there is yet another hiker only option for Eagle Cliffs Overlook, which is easily the best view in the park and a chance to see a few 14ers. Another .8 miles from here brings you to Pikes Peak Overlook, and the highest bike-able point of the tour. From here, you get over 1300' of descent back to the parking lot! Continue another 1.5 miles on Bear Paw Trail back to the intersection of Mason Creek Trail and make a right.
About 2 miles from the end of Bear Paw Trail on Mason Creek Trail, some rocks and obstacles present themselves, but nothing too advanced. There are a few very small creek crossings along the way as well. Once out of the woods at about mile 3.5 (of Mason Creek Trail), the trail opens up into a sprawling meadow and makes its way back to the Parking Area. Be on the lookout for hikers in this area as you make your way back to the parking lot for a well deserved cold beverage.
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