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Staunton State Park

My very, very good Mountain-Lady, Adventure-Woman friend came to visit me this last weekend and utterly demanded that we visit all the mountains (rhymes with plantains) to spend quality time with all the nature. After being deterred from attempting a 14er due to the mushy, slushy conditions and the promise of mud, wet feed and post-holing, we chose an easier target.

We settled on Staunton State Park, a relatively new (and seemingly progressive!) state park, where we aimed to visit the Elk Falls. They have track chairs (like wheelchairs, but on treads so they can take them on the trails) and a lot of female staff.

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The Stats:

Arrival: June 10 10:45 AM
Day of Week: Saturday
What was the path: Stanton Ranch Trail->Bugling Elk->Lion’s Back->down to Elk Falls->Chimney Rock ->Marmot Pass->Scout Line->Staunton Ranch
Where: Conifer, CO
How to get There: 6th Ave, to 70S, to 470S to 285
Parking: Decent. Nearly 60 spots? But about 3/4 when we got there. Very empty when we left
Hike Length: ~14 mi
What type of party: Theo & I: AdventureMountainLadies
Time: 6 hours
Weather: 80’s and mostly full sun
Trail Report: Pretty wide. Not too difficult, just long. Going down to the Falls and back was steep and harder. Not
incredibly overrun; we could go nearly an hour without seeing anyone. Easy hike. Took forever, which I think was the edibles

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