Last Saturday was just what the doctor ordered! I had not been on a trail in a very long time and I had to do something about that as the daily stresses of life had caught up to me for some time. The plan was made earlier in the week to drive back out to Staunton State Park to hit a new trail for me, Mason Creek Trail. The weather was mid 40s, a little windy and clear blue skies. The main objective was to get outdoors and let the outdoors take over.
Mason Creek Trail is a 4.5 mile hike with an elevation gain of nearly 1300 feet (8180-9440 ft). Along the way you encounter dense forests, open meadows and groves of aspens all along Mason Creek. You do cross over Mason Creek several times but it’s nothing to fear. This is a small creek At the end of the 4.5 miles is what’s left of an early 20th century saw mill. As with most trails in Staunton here you can pick up two other trails, the Old Mill trail and the Borderline trail to extend your hike and explore other areas of the park or you can go back down the Mason Creek trail.
As you can see in some of the pics above there is a decent amount of snow on most of the trail and a lot of ice, which meant I finally got the chance to use my Yaktrax and I loved the grip and stability they provided on the ice.