Trail conditions at Staunton State Park

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Staunton State Park trails report for Saturday January 25, 2020

Due to warm temperatures and dry weather, park trails are drying out, especially lower trails. Expect to see a mixture of dry and muddy conditions combined with ice. If snow materializes as predicted for the coming week, these conditions will change, so be prepared for this. Hikers are encouraged to bring some type of traction for ALL trails as icy conditions are prevalent. Bikers should be aware that although snow pack exists, especially on upper trails, patches of ice are covering all trails.

Cautions:
Mason Creek canyon is icy and is especially slick when coming down this section of trail
Ice flows exist on upper Mason Creek trail at the aspen meadow and on Border Line trail near the Old Mill.

Lower trails:
Although much drying has occurred during the past week, muddy and icy conditions still exist and will continue throughout the next week. Bring traction for hiking these trails. These will include Staunton Ranch (SR), Davis Ponds (DP), Chase Meadow (CM), lower Mason Creek (MC), Dines Meadow (DM), the cabin district, all climbing access and access road.

Upper trails:
Some thawing and re-freezing is taking place on these trails. Areas of dry mixed with iciness should be expected. Some upper trails like Lions Back (LB), Lions Head (LH), West Meadow (WM). and Bear Paw (BP) still have areas of deep packed snow. Other upper trails such as upper Mason Creek (MC), Old Mill (OM), Border Line (BL), Bugling Elk (BE), Scout Line (SL), Marmot Passage (MP) Chimney Rock (CR) and Elk Falls (EF) are icy with some snow pack and some dry areas.

Photos: Lion’s Back, Chimney Rock, Bugling Elk, and Border Line
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Staunton State Park trails report for Saturday February 1, 2020

The park received several inches of snow this week due to a storm. As a result all trails have some form of precipitation on them. Lower trails have dried out some but visitors can expect trails to still contain slushy and icy conditions. Upper trails are snow packed and some trails have areas of deep snow. Please note that a storm is in the forecast for the first part of the week and dependent on how much snow the area receives, trails will ALL be covered for the entire week. As a result, snow shoeing and skiing will be possible. Hikers are encouraged to bring some form of traction/spikes.

Cautions:
Mason Creek canyon is icy and caution is needed when coming down this section of trail. Bear Paw trail has two major icy areas. Ice flows exist on upper Mason Creek trail near the aspen meadow and on Border Line trail near the Old Mill.

Lower trails:
As of the above date, some drying has occurred but slush and muddy areas exist. Expect icy conditions in the morning and more snow after the early week storm. These trails will include Staunton Ranch (SR), lower Mason Creek (MC), Davis Ponds (DP), Chase Meadow (CM), cabin district. all climbing access, Dines Meadow (DM) and the access road.

Upper trails:
Mason Creek canyon (MC)--icy and snow packed---spikes/traction recommended---caution is needed when coming down this section of trail
upper Mason Creek (MC)--snow packed and icy---ice flow is covering the trail at the aspen meadow
Bear Paw (BP)--large areas of ice covering the trail---trail is snow packed with some areas of deep snow
Old Mill (OM)--snow packed and icy
Border Line (BL)--snow packed and icy---ice flow covers the trail near the Old Mill
Scout Line (SL)--snow packed and icy with some dry areas on the summit
Marmot Passage (MP)---east side and summit are snow packed---west side has some drying
Chimney Rock (CR)--mostly snow packed
Elk Falls (EF)--mostly dry
Lions Back (LB)--deep snow with some packing
Lions Head (LH)--deep snow with very little packing---This trail closes on March 15.
West Meadow (WM)---BIKERS---this trail is difficult to navigate in some sections due to deep snow----some snow packing
Bugling Elk (BE)--snow packed with icy areas

Photos: Elk Falls, Marmot Passage, Scout Line, Staunton Ranch, West Meadow

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Location: 12102 S. Elk Creek Rd, Pine CO 80470
Active park hours 6:00am-10:00pm
Phone: 303-816-0912
Mission Statement:
Our mission is working in partnership with others to preserve, promote, and protect the wildlife, natural beauty and historic legacy of Staunton State Park for current and future generations.
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04 Feb 2020 21:51 #32

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Staunton State Park trails report for Saturday February 8, 2020

Trails are being groomed throughout the park by 285 Nordic Club volunteers. So far Mason Creek, Borderline, and Staunton Ranch have been groomed.

It is snowing hard again! The park has already received another 3 inches on top of everything else this week, and it is still snowing. If you plan on coming to the park today, prepare for winter driving conditions and be safe! The Visitor Center will be opening late for snow removal operations.

The park received a huge amount of snow this past week from a couple of storms. As a result ALL trails are covered in deep snow. Only a few trails are packed. Expect these conditions to remain the same throughout the coming week as more snow and cold temperatures are in the forecast. Snow shoeing and skiing are possible on all trails with conditions for these sports the best they have been for the entire winter season.

Note: Upper trails contain very deep snow and some of these may be difficult to navigate for bikes.
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Location: 12102 S. Elk Creek Rd, Pine CO 80470
Active park hours 6:00am-10:00pm
Phone: 303-816-0912
Mission Statement:
Our mission is working in partnership with others to preserve, promote, and protect the wildlife, natural beauty and historic legacy of Staunton State Park for current and future generations.
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09 Feb 2020 09:33 #33
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