Trail conditions at Staunton State Park

19 Apr 2020 08:50 #41 by FriendsofStauntonStatePark
Staunton State Park trails report for Saturday April 18, 2020

The park received measurable amounts of snow this past week due to a couple of storms. As a result, some snow and ice exists on upper trails, while lower trails have dried out, for the most part. Expect the drying trend to continue into this next week with a warmer and dryer forecast. Hikers may want to bring spikes/traction for upper trails.

Cautions: Mason Creek canyon, although drying out, still has some icy areas and users are urged to use caution when coming down this section of trail.

Bear Paw and West Meadow trails still have deep snow that is not well-packed and will be very difficult for bikes to navigate.

Note: Lions Head trail is closed until August 1. Climbing closures include Lions Head, Ranch Hand, Parkview, Sawmill, Roughneck, and Black Creek

Lower trails: All are mostly dry except for icy spots in shaded areas. These will include Staunton Ranch (SR), lower Mason Creek (MC), Davis Ponds (DP), Chase Meadow (CM), Historic Cabins, Dines Meadow (DM), all climbing access and the access road.

Upper trails:
  • Mason Creek canyon (MC)--some drying mixed with icy areas---use caution when coming down this section of trail
  • upper Mason Creek (MC)--some dry areas but some deep snow exists on the upper stretches of this trail
  • Bear Paw (BP)--some packing but deep snow still exists and this trail is will be difficult for bikes to navigate
  • Old Mill (OM)--some snow and icy conditions.
  • Border Line (BL)--snow and icy conditions with drying on the west side
  • Scout Line (SL)--mostly dry except on the summit where snowy conditions exist
  • Marmot Passage (MP)--snow packed and icy except on the west side where drying has occurred.
  • Chimney Rock (CR)--snow packed and icy on the lower (east) side and drying on the upper (west) side
  • Elk Falls (EF)--mostly dry
  • Lions Back (LB)--some snow and ice pack with drying
  • Lions Head (LH)--CLOSED
  • West Meadow (WM)--drying on the summit with deep snow pack on the lower (east) side. This trail is NOT recommended for bikes
  • Bugling Elk (BE)--drying on the west side with some snow pack and icy conditions on the east side
Photos: Border Line, Bear Paw, Mason Creek, and Marmot Passage

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17 Nov 2020 12:58 #42 by FriendsofStauntonStatePark
Staunton State Park trails report for Saturday November 14, 2020

The park received a few inches of snow from the storm last Monday. During the week warmer and drier conditions have prevailed and lower trails are mostly dry. Upper trails are snowy and snow packed with a thin layer of snow and some dry patches. Users can expect drying to continue into the next week with a forecast for more warm and dry conditions. This means that upper snow packed trails will begin to dry out but as thawing and re-freezing occurs there will be patches of ice. Users planning to take Chimney Rock trail to the Elk Falls trailhead should note that this section of trail may become icy as drying continues.

One note to users of West Meadow trail: as of this date a tree has blown down over the lower section of the trail closest to Elk Falls Pond. Use caution in this area until this can be cleaned up.

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