Staunton State Park - Mason Creek Trail

Staunton State Park - Mason Creek Trail



Mason Creek Trail
Permitted uses: hike, mountain bike, horseback
Total distance: 4.5 miles
Degree of difficulty: difficult
Elevation range: 8,180-9,440 feet
dogs are permitted but must be on leash


This is a new state park that is opening on the weekend of 5/18. So lets get up there after all the "crowds" have gone for the weekend.

a little info about this new park

The first 1,680-acre parcel was donated to Colorado State Parks in 1986 by Frances Hornbrook Staunton. Subsequent parcels, including a portion of the Davis Ranch and Elk Falls property, were acquired in the late 1990s. In 2006, a small key parcel, called the Chase property, was added to the Park to reach its current land base of approximately 3,800 acres. The properties that make up the Park are rich in human history, having supported a variety of uses, including:

Homesteading and a family retreat in the middle of the site
Ranching on the southern portions of the site.
Logging and a turn-of-the-20th century saw mill in the northern part of the site.
A sportsman's club on the western side of the site.



Directions
From Denver
Take US Highway 285 south to Shaffers Crossing, about 6 miles west of Conifer. Turn north on Elk Creek Road and follow the signs 1.5 miles to the park entrance.

there is a fee of $7 to enter the park.

carpool: for those who want to car pool lets meet down at the Fort Restaurant we will leave here at 8:15 (19192 Colorado 8, Morrison if you don't know where this is please google the directions)

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  • Marilyn T.

    Wonderful hike, great scenery, good group

    May 21, 2013

  • Terry G.

    What an amazing bright shiny new park.

    May 20, 2013

  • Randy

    What a fun hike with more areas in the park to explore.

    May 20, 2013

  • Jim O.

    Really a great new area for hiking. Good group too.

    1 · May 20, 2013

  • Debbie

    Great new State Park! Beautiful views and awesome rock formations.

    1 · May 20, 2013

  • Mollie

    Love the variety of terrain on this beautiful hike. The company was the best part though! Thanks ya'll for another stellar day living Colorado large!!

    1 · May 20, 2013

  • Margo N.

    I am not sure why this is on my list for meet ups this week. I don't see something that I RSVP. I am not coming so if you have me down take me off so someone else can go.

    May 20, 2013

  • Don B.

    Lost my wallet and it just won't work.

    1 · May 19, 2013

    • Terry G.

      Your chair is still riding around in my car. I think it misses you.

      May 20, 2013

  • brent k.

    Im not going to be able to lead this hike on monday my work schedule has changed.
    Bill Bloomquist has agreed to take my place and lead the hike on monday. He will meet the group at the park since he lives just down the street.
    If people still want to meet at the Fort to car pool up then please do so.

    May 15, 2013

  • Perry B.

    I tried googling the pick up spot and could not get route! Can someone help!

    May 14, 2013

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