STAUNTON RANCH AND MASON CREEK

TRAIL DATA
Trail Name/No.: Staunton Ranch and Mason Creek
Starting Temp: 53
Ending Temp: 75
Weather Conditions: Sunny
Mileage: approx. 6.62 mile loop
Elevation Gain: 1154ft
Peak: 9367ft
Visit Time: May 2017
Nearest City Marker: Conifer, Colorado

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On Staunton Ranch looking towards the cliffs.
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Old Mill trail
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Mason Creek in the lodgepoles.
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Mason Creek in the Aspen meadows.
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Views from Mason Creek.

TRAIL DESCRIPTION
Staunton State Park is Colorado’s newest gem, offering a wide network of trails that keep expanding with each passing year. Compared with other state parks, Staunton offers longer trails that tend to get deeper into the backcountry then most. For this loop hike, we utilized the Staunton Ranch-Old Mill-Mason Creek segments to create a loop. The trails starts with a very even, clean trail surface and a gradual climb through a sparse forest with large rocky cliff faces in the distance. Old Mill changes the hike to start gaining elevation alongside a creek as you ascend to an old mining site (that is unfortunately in complete ruins). Returning on Mason Creek offers a peaceful walk through a lodgepole forest as it gradually turns into Aspen meadows with tall grasses and some views to the northeast. A small leg off of this hike can also take you to a viewpoint for a good shot of Pike’s Peak. There are lots of creek crossings and the trail never diverts too far from water sources, so furry friends love this trail, too.

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