Trail conditions at Staunton State Park

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FriendsofStauntonStatePark created the topic: Trail conditions at Staunton State Park 29 Dec 2016 13:56 #1

From the staff and volunteers at Staunton:
The current trail conditions at Staunton State Park vary from dry sections, to snow-packed, to 3-4" of hard packed wind blown snow, to extremely icy - all depending on the particular trail and the daily melt/freeze cycle. All trails, except Chase Meadow, remain open and are easy to navigate.

Factors such as temperature, recent precipitation, wind, trail elevation, shade and trail design all factor in on the conditions of trail surfaces. For example, a lower elevation trail with abundant daily sunlight will be mostly dry. The shaded areas will be snow packed and some icy sections. The trails closer to or above 9,000' in elevation will be mostly snow-packed with some areas of drifted snow and icy in spots.

Currently, it is recommended that you carry your winter backpack and include your winter traction devices (micro spikes) with you and use them when necessary. Here's a link from SectionHiker with handy information about traction devices: sectionhiker.com/winter-traction-and-when-to-wear-it/


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FriendsofStauntonStatePark replied the topic: Trail conditions at Staunton State Park 15 Jan 2017 16:50 #2

Staunton State Park has recently added important safety features to its higher elevation trails. Orange diamond shaped signs were added to provide a clear visual reference for trail users when high snow accumulations have obscured trail locations. The high visibility signs have been added to the upper portions of the Mason Creek Trail, the Bear Paw Trail and to the West Meadow Trail.

When hiking in the winter remember to dress in layers, take plenty of water and snacks, wear quality boots (with micro-spikes and/or snowshoes depending on the conditions) and don't forget the sunscreen. Staunton State Park's weather conditions can change in minutes so please - "be prepared!"




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At this moment, Staunton Ranch is about 60% dirt, 20% snowpacked and 20% icy. You can easily negotiate it with good tread hiking shoes. Beautiful time of the year to hike. Not many others on the trails = peaceful bliss.

Bear Paw doesn't get much winter afternoon sun. Consequently, lots more snow up there. Upper Meadow Chase & Bear Paw = great for snowshoeing, especially good after a recent snowfall.

Remember that biking and horseback riding are allowed on multi-use trails only; fat bikes are great this time of year. Hiker only on: Davis Ponds, Chase Meadow, Scout Line, Old Mill, Climbing Access, & Elk Falls. There's about 20 miles of multi-use and 10 miles of hiker only.


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FriendsofStauntonStatePark replied the topic: Trail conditions at Staunton State Park 27 Feb 2017 13:51 #3

From our Staunton State Park Rangers :


Staunton Trail Report - Sunday Feb. 26

Staunton's trail conditions have changed after the recent snowstorm and will probably be changing during the upcoming week due to the warming weather forecast. Currently, most trails are snow-covered and ice may be hiding underneath the snow. Micro-Spikes are recommended for all trails. Some trails, especially in the higher elevations and western section of the park, are good for snow shoeing.

Staunton Ranch (SR)--mostly snow packed, some icy spots

Mason Creek (MC)--dangerous ice in Mason Creek Canyon----snow packed/icy

Old Mill (OM)--snow packed

Border Line (BL)--use caution! ice flow on east side---snowy--not well-packed

Scout Line (SL)---snowy---not well-packed

Marmot Passage (MP)--snowy--not well-packed

Chimney Rock (CR)--snowy---not well-packed

Elk Falls (EF)----snowy

Lions Back to overlook- (LB)--snowy--not packed

Lions Head (LH)--snowy---not packed-- ***closing March 15

West Meadow (WM) ***best snow show in park--deep snow in spots--not packed

Bugling Elk (BE)--snow packed

Davis Ponds (DP)--snow packed

Climbing Access (CA)--snowy---most trails not broken in


View from our webcam: www.friendsofstauntonstatepark.org/webcam


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FriendsofStauntonStatePark replied the topic: Trail conditions at Staunton State Park 05 Mar 2017 11:00 #4

From the staff and volunteers at Staunton:
Staunton State Park Trails Report
March 4, 2017

Portions of the following trails have a recommendation of micro-spikes because of icy conditions: Mason Creek, Bear Paw, Marmot Passage and Border Line.


Staunton Ranch (SR)--mostly dry

Mason Creek (MC)--snow packed/icy---Mason Creek Canyon--dangerous ice---some dry/ muddy spots

Old Mill (OM)--snow packed/icy in spots

Lions Back (LB)--snow packed in spots

Lions Head (LH)--snowy---closing March 15

Chimney Rock (CR)--snow packed in spots

West Meadow (WM)--dry and snow packed in spots.

Border Line (BL)--snow packed/icy--spikes rec.

Bear Paw (BP)--(also Technical and Eagle View spurs)--snow packed/icy---spikes rec.


Davis Ponds (DP)--mostly dry--a few icy/muddy spots

Scout Line (SL)--Mixture of snow packed/icy spots, especially on lower switchbacks--some dry areas

Marmot Passage (MP)--snow packed/icy---spikes rec.

Climbing Access (CA)--mostly dry

Elk Falls (EF)--a few snow packed/icy spots--mostly dry

Bugling Elk (BE)--some areas of snow pack/ice

Video of the view from the Climbing Access Point yesterday: www.facebook.com/visitStauntonStatePark/videos/592157944313040/


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FriendsofStauntonStatePark replied the topic: Trail conditions at Staunton State Park 18 Dec 2017 08:16 #5


Today, Monday December 18th, Staunton State Park’s entire West Meadow Trail will be closed for the day. Our sawyer team will be conducting hazard tree mitigation. All other trails in the park remain open. Thanks for your understanding.

Staunton State Park trails report as of December 16, 2017
All trails in the park are open (with the exception of West Meadow Trail today)

Due to the recent storm, trails in Staunton State Park are mostly snow covered. The snow is shallow and some melt has occurred, but weather forecasts calling for more snow will ensure snowy trail conditions and warmer weather later in the week means melting and re-freezing. Expect snow pack and icy conditions.

****Caution**** Ice flows exist on the east side of Border Line trail and Lions Back trail at the junction of Chimney Rock trail. Be aware that these flows can be covered with a thin layer of snow and not readily visible.

****Currently, spikes are recommended for some trails in the park, especially at higher elevations. Skiing and snow shoeing are NOT recommended as snow levels are shallow.

Lower elevation trails
Staunton Ranch (SR)--mostly dry with some snow packed sections

Davis Ponds (DP)--mostly dry

Chase Meadows (CM)--mostly dry with some snow packed sections

Upper elevation trails
Mason Creek (MC)--lower--mostly dry

Mason Creek canyon---snowy and snow packed---upper trail--mostly snow packed

Bear Paw (BP)-snowy and snow--packed

Border Line (BL)-patchy snow--watch for ice flow on eastern side

Old Mill (OM)--patchy snow

Marmot Passage (MP)--snow packed--east side and summit---mostly dry with a few snow patches on west side

Scout Line (SL)--snow packed

Chimney Rock (CR)--icy in spots, especially east side--packed snow

Lions Back (LB)--snowy, packed snow, large ice flow near trailhead to Chimney Rock trail

Lions Head (LH)---snowy

West Meadow (WM)--snowy and snow-packed

Bugling Elk (BE)--snow packed


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FriendsofStauntonStatePark replied the topic: Trail conditions at Staunton State Park 06 Jan 2018 18:30 #6

Staunton State Park Trails Report for January 6, 2018 from the staff and volunteers at Staunton:

Due to the continuing dry weather, trails in the park are mostly dry. No snow shoeing or skiing is possible due to dry conditions and micro spikes are not needed for any trail in the park

CAUTIONS:
- An ice flow still exists covering the width of Border Line trail near the Old Mill site.
- An ice flow on Lions Back trail at the junction of Chimney Rock trail has grown larger in the last week.

Lower trails: All lower trails including Staunton Ranch (SR), Davis Ponds (DP), Chase Meadows (CM), Cabin District and lower Mason Creek (MC) are generally dry.

All climber access trails and the access road are generally dry.

Upper Trails

Mason Creek canyon--icy in spots but mostly dry.

Upper Mason Creek (MC)--mostly dry with some snow packed spots

Bear Paw (BP)--some snow packed areas

Old Mill (OM)--mostly dry with a few snow packed spots

Border Line (BL)--CAUTION--an ice flow exists covering the width of the trail near the Old Mill--most of the rest of the trail is generally dry with some snow packed spots

Marmot Passage (MP)---mostly dry with some snow packed spots

Scout Line (SL)---mostly dry with some snow packed spots

Chimney Rock (CR)--CAUTION---treacherous ice flow exists at junction of lower trail head---east side to Elk Falls trailhead--mostly snow packed with some slippery areas--upper and west end mostly dry with some snow packed spots.

Lions Back (LB)--snow packed with some dry areas---Ice flow at intersection with Chimney Rock has grown larger since last week. Use caution in this area.

Lions Head (LH)--snow packed

West Meadow (WM)--mostly dry with some snow packed areas

Bugling Elk (BE)--mostly dry with some snow packed areas





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FriendsofStauntonStatePark replied the topic: Trail conditions at Staunton State Park 13 Jan 2018 21:29 #7

Weekly Trail Report for Staunton State Park - Jan. 13, 2018

We have not received any measurable precipitation over the past week. Staunton’s trails are unseasonably dry. There are short icy sections on the water crossings caused by the daily melt/freeze cycle.

The short and dangerously icy section of Lions Back at Chimney Rock (downhill 15% grade & blind corner) has been marked with warning signs to prevent accidents.

Our standard and much more detailed trail report will continue if/when we get some measurable snowfall.

Think SNOW.


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