Staunton State Park 2018 First Day Hikes

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Staunton State Park
2018 First Day Hikes

Hike #1 “The Ranch Loop - Davis Ranch, Chase Property, Staunton Ranch, Dines Property
Trails Hiked: Davis Ponds Trail/Chase Meadows Trail/Staunton Ranch Trail/ Dines Meadow Connector Trail/Mason Creek Trail/Staunton Ranch Trail

Time of the event: Depart at 9:30a
Meeting location: Group Picnic Area
Degree of difficulty: Easy (depends on snow conditions)
Minimum age for children: 5 years of age and older
Any restrictions: Leashed pets are permitted
Length of hike: 5.25 miles
Things to bring: Weather appropriate gear, water, traction devices, Snacks,

Description of the hike:
Enjoy a hike to explore the historic ranch and cabin properties on the east portion of Staunton State Park.
This hike will begin at the Ranch Hand Group Picnic Area and will travel down the relatively flat Davis Ponds Loop. We will then connect with the Chase Meadow Trail and discus the importance of this historic property. We will then connect with the Staunton Ranch Trail (the ‘main street’ of Staunton’s 30 mile trail system) traveling downhill to the Dines Meadow Connector Trail. We will cross a beautiful meadow to a connection with the Mason Creek Trail. We will go uphill and explore two newly constructed rest areas including a frozen cascading waterfall. We’ll double back downhill on Mason Creek to the Staunton Ranch Trail where we will hike back to the Group Picnic Area.


Volunteer Guides: Mark and Sandy Fisher

Hike #2 “History and Geology”
Trails Hiked: Staunton Ranch Trail to new rock climbing are (Red Cliffs)

Time of event: Depart at 10:00a
Meeting Location: Group Picnic Area Staunton Ranch Trail
Degree of difficulty: Moderate (dependent upon if we will be snowshoeing or just regular hiking)
Minimum age for children: 5 years of age and older
Any restrictions: Leashed pets are permitted
Length of hike: 4-5 miles
Things to bring: Weather appropriate gear, Bring water, snack, snowshoes or Yak-Trax, poles 

Description of hike: Hikers will see meadows, pine forests, aspen tree groves, unique rock formations, wildlife, cabins and much more. Learn about the history of Staunton State Park while viewing amazing vistas from the destination overlook!

Volunteer Guide: Marlene Schulte

Hike #3 “Search for Sasquatch”
Trails Hiked: Mason Creek Trail including the incredible Bear Paw Trail and overlooks

Time of the event: Depart at 1100a
Meeting location: Group Picnic Area 

Degree of difficulty: Moderate

Minimum age for children: Kids and dogs welcome

Any restrictions: Leashed pets are permitted

Length of hike: 7-9 miles
Things to bring: Binoculars, Water, snacks, Snow shoes, Yak-Trax, Weather appropriate gear

Description of the hike: Travel high above the cliffs of Staunton State Park in search of the elusive Sasquatch! Travel through ponderosa pine forests, aspen groves, rock outcroppings, cross creek beds and enjoy amazing vistas, all while keeping on alert for a creature rumored to roam around Staunton State Park!!

Volunteer Guides: Gary Finley & Nancy Coburn

Hike #4 “Mystery History”
Trails Hiked: Dines Meadow Connector, Mason Creek Trail

Time of the event: Departs at 1:00pm
Meeting Location: Group Picnic Area

Degree of Difficulty: Easy
Minimum age for children: Kids and dogs welcome
Any Restrictions: Leashed pets are permitted
Length of hike: Approximately 1.5 miles
Things to bring: Water, Snacks, Weather appropriate gear

Description of hike: Travel back in time along the Mason Creek trail as you visit the Old Stone House. Who built the structure? What was it used for? Your guide will share the stories of those who lived here before the land became a park and the history of putting the park together.

Volunteer Guide: Randie Boldra

Hike #5 Old Mill Hike
Trails Hiked: Staunton Ranch Trail to Old Mill Trail (optional Borderline Trail)

Time of the event: Depart at 10:00a
Meeting Location: Group Picnic Area

Degree of Difficulty: Moderate
Any Restrictions: Leashed pets are permitted
Length of hike: Approximately 6 miles with an optional additional 2 miles if you choose to hike to the Staunton Rocks Overlook
Things to bring: Water, Snacks, Weather appropriate gear

Description of hike: Follow Black Creek up to the site of the Staunton’s saw mill site. Visit the remaining bunk house and the remains of the mill itself. An interesting look at early 1900’s engineering and history.

Volunteer Guide: Debby Henkens

Hike #6 Elk Falls Hike
Trails Hiked: Staunton Ranch Trail, Bugling Elk Trail, Chimney Rock Trail, Elk Falls Trail

Time of the event: Depart at 9:30a
Meeting Location: Group Picnic Area

Degree of Difficulty: Moderate
Any Restrictions: Leashed pets are permitted
Length of hike: Approximately 11 miles
Things to bring: Water, Snacks, Weather appropriate gear

Description of hike: This is the Hike everyone has been waiting for! Travel through the heart of Staunton enjoying pine forests, aspen groves, creek crossings, high meadows, and the beautiful Elk Falls Pond. Then enjoy an adventurous hike down one of the Park’s most stunning trails, Chimney Rock, to Elk Falls Trail where you will descend down to the base of the falls. Once there we will feel the spray of Elk Falls while you enjoy your packed lunch!

Volunteer Guide: Jen Nickerson

Cancellation information: Call the park office 303-816-0912


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Location: 12102 S. Elk Creek Rd, Pine CO 80470
Active park hours 6:00am-10:00pm
Campground quiet hours are 10:00pm-6:00am
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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FriendsofStauntonStatePark replied the topic: Staunton State Park 2018 First Day Hikes 30 Dec 2017 19:00 #2

Hope to see you all the day after tomorrow at Staunton! We'll have s'mores and hot chocolate!


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Staunton State Park Website
Location: 12102 S. Elk Creek Rd, Pine CO 80470
Active park hours 6:00am-10:00pm
Campground quiet hours are 10:00pm-6:00am
Phone: 303-816-0912
Mission Statement:
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