Trail conditions at Staunton State Park

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FriendsofStauntonStatePark replied the topic: Trail conditions at Staunton State Park 28 Nov 2018 11:28 #11

Staunton State Park trails report for November 25, 2018

An overnight snowstorm on the 24th provided the park with about 1-2” of much needed precipitation. Before the storm, all trails in the park were mixed with lower trails in mostly dry conditions and a mixture of snow pack and icy conditions on upper trails. Caution should be taken by trail users at the junction of Lions Back and Chimney Rock trails with icy conditions below the new snow. Hikers should consider using spikes for lower areas of Chimney Rock trail and in Mason Creek canyon. Watch for snow covered ice flow on east Border Line trail near the Old Mill.

Lower trails
Lower trails are covered with 1-2 inches of power with a few patches of ice and snow, but spikes are not necessary. These trails include Staunton Ranch, lower Mason Creek, Davis Ponds, Chase Meadows and the Cabins district.

Upper trails
Mason Creek Canyon and upper Mason Creek--(MC)--icy and snow packed in areas.
Bear Paw--(BP)--portions are snow packed and icy. Technical areas were dry before last night’s snow.
Border Line-- (BL)--icy and snow packed--east side---west side--1-2” of power
Old Mill--(OM)--icy and snow packed
Scout Line--(SL)--icy and snow packed with areas of dry trail
Marmot Passage--(MP)--icy and snow packed--east side---mostly dry areas west side
Chimney Rock--(CR)---caution needed when coming down to junction of Chimney Rock and Lions Back--east side---icy and snow packed--spikes recommended for this part of trail. Upper west side, 1-2” of powder.
Elk Falls--(EF)--1-2” of powder.
Lions Back--(LB)--snow packed and icy
Lions Head--(LH)--snow packed and icy
West Meadow--(WM)--snow packed and icy
Bugling Elk--(BE)--snow packed and icy

Several trails have iced over water crossings like this one on Mason Creek Trail. This photo was taken before last nights snow. Use extra caution on Borderline, Mason Creek and Bugling Elk.



Mason Creek Trail in the canyon (before the snow on Nov 24th)


Bugling Elk at the intersection of Chimney Rock (before the snow on Nov 24th)


Technical section of Bear Paw (before the snow on Nov 24th)


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FriendsofStauntonStatePark replied the topic: Trail conditions at Staunton State Park 09 Dec 2018 17:07 #12

Staunton State Park trails report for December 8, 2018

Due to the storms earlier this week, along with bitter cold, conditions have changed and visitors can expect snowy, snow-packed and icy conditions on many trails in various forms. Lower trails, while mostly dry, have some areas of packed snow and upper trails are mostly snow covered. All visitors should use caution on trails as ice from previous melting exists under the snow. As temperatures warm this coming week, expect thawing and re-freezing on upper trails and drier conditions on lower trails.

Cautions: Ice flows on some trails exist and have grown larger. All users should take caution, especially when coming down upper Mason Creek trail, Mason Creek canyon, Border Line trail on the east side and at the junction of Lions Back and Chimney Rock trails.

As of the present date, limited snow shoeing is possible on some upper trails including Mason Creek and Bear Paw. Spikes are recommended for upper Mason Creek trail and Chimney Rock trail.

Lower Trails
Stanton Ranch--(SR)--mostly dry but with some patches of packed snow

Davis Ponds--(DP)--mostly dry

Lower Mason Creek--(MC)--mostly dry with some snowy areas

Chase Meadows--(CM)--mostly dry with some snowy areas

Historic Cabin District--mostly dry

Climbing Access trails---mostly dry

Access road--packed snow

Upper Trails
Mason Creek canyon--(MC)--snow packed and icy--Caution--users coming down the canyon should be aware of ice flows across creeks and icy conditions

Upper Mason Creek--(MC)--snowy and snow packed--Caution--a large ice flow exists near the aspen meadow

Bear Paw--(BP)--snowy and snow packed. Technical area is snow covered.

Old Mill--(OM)--mixture of dry and snow packed areas

Border Line--(BL)--snow covered and packed--caution--an ice flow exists on the east side near the Old Mill--west side has some areas of dry mixed with snow

Marmot Passage--(MP)--snow covered and packed on east side with some dry areas mixed with snow packed patches on the summit and west side

Scout Line--(SL)--mixture of dry areas and snow pack

Lions Back--(LB)--Caution--a large ice flow exists at the junction with Chimney Rock trail. Snowy and snow packed conditions exist on this trail.

Chimney Rock--(CR)--Caution--users coming down this trail should use extreme caution as an ice flow exists at the eastern trailhead junction with Lions Back trail. Eastern section is snow packed and icy while the upper (western) section is drying mixed with snow pack.

Elk Falls--(EF)--mostly dry

Lions Head--(LH)--snowy

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

Bugling Elk--(BE)--some snow pack with drying areas on the west side


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FriendsofStauntonStatePark replied the topic: Trail conditions at Staunton State Park 29 Dec 2018 16:30 #13

Staunton State Park trails report for December 29, 2018

Please note: on Tuesday January 1 the park will be hosting First Day First Hikes. Park volunteers will be leading various hikes into the park. For more information on hikes and times, please check our First Day Hikes thread.

Due to several recent storms, all trails in the park are snow covered. With much colder weather and more storms in the forecast, these conditions are not likely to change much in the coming week. Expect trails to become snow packed and icy with use over the next several days. In addition, be aware that light snow is covering some areas of packed snow and ice, especially on upper trails making for slippery conditions.

Cautions: large ice flows exist in Mason Creek canyon and upper Mason Creek trail. Also, an ice flow exists on Border Line trail near the Old Mill. Rangers have placed barriers around a large ice flow at the junction of Lions Back and Chimney Rock trails. Caution should be taken when coming down these trails. Caution signs have been posted at these locations. Dismounting in these areas is recommended.

***spikes/traction is recommended for Mason Creek, Chimney Rock and Border Line trails.

***Snow Shoeing and skiing may be possible, especially on the upper trails such as Bear Paw and West Meadow after the predicted storm on Monday.

Happy New Year from the staff and volunteers of Staunton State Park.

Scout Line Trail



Chimney Rock Trail


Bugling Elk/Chimney Rock/Lions Back trail junction.


Beautiful winter vista of Cathedral Rocks from hiker only Scout Line Trail.


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Location: 12102 S. Elk Creek Rd, Pine CO 80470
Active park hours 6:00am-10:00pm
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Phone: 303-816-0912
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