Hiking to Elk Falls Overlook in Staunton State Park Oct 26 2013…

Back on the trail today for the first time in almost a month and since being back from vacation. This was probably more than I should have done, but you can call me an overachiever. Elk Falls Overlook is a must hike if you haven’t yet been to Staunton State Park. I of course walked out my apartment without my camera, so instead I used the my phone. Below are just a few photos.

Starting out on the Staunton Ranch Trail(SR) for 3.4 miles, then it junctions with two other trails, the Marmot Passage Trail(MP) and the Bugling Elk Trail(BE). If you want more mileage and a bit more gain in elevation to your hike to Elk Fall Overlook, then go left on the Marmot Passage Trail(2.2 miles, 430 Vft). If you want lesser mileage then go right with Bugling Elk Trail(1.1 miles, 256 Vft). ┬áBoth trails do meet back up before you take on Lion’s Back Trail(LB)(0.9 miles, 289 Vft).

So opting for the trail to the right, the Bugling Elk Trail(BE) for a little over a mile, then took the Lion’s Back Trail the final mile to the overlook. Coming back the same way, so basically an out and back hike at just under 11 miles. The view from the overlook is amazing to say the least.

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Hiking in Staunton State Park, CO 6/9/13

I finally had the chance to go check out Colorado’s newest state park, Staunton State Park, a couple of weeks ago, just outside of Conifer. There are 10 trails currently in the park, a┬ámajority of the trails are for hiking, biking and horseback riding. There’s rock climbing available at the Staunton Rocks, via the Climbing Access Trail, a .9 mile loop that runs off the Staunton Ranch Trail.

There’s a $7 entrance fee into the park.

Warning! Get there early if you can. It’s gonna be a little crowded because it is a new park and also because of it’s close proximity to the Denver metro area.

I will definitely be back here as this will be a great park to hike anytime, but I’m especially looking forward to hiking it in the fall. Staunton is another great park to take out of towners who want to experience hiking at altitude but nothing too extreme. Great job and congratulations Colorado Parks & Wildlife!

Here are a few photos from the hike 2 weeks ago.