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blue Staunton East Side Loop

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10.2 mile 16.5 kilometer loop
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,707' 520 m
Descent: -1,702' -519 m
High: 9,422' 2,872 m
Low: 8,180' 2,493 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 6% (4°)
Max Grade: 26% (15°)

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Trail shared by Josh M.

A 10-mile loop around the eastern trails of the park on both singletrack and paths.

Josh M.

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

This is a nice ~10-mile loop that joins the Mason Creek Trail, Border Line Trail, and Staunton Ranch Trail. It covers everything from well-trodden and busy paths to beautiful, rolling aspen singletrack. A short jaunt up to the Staunton Rock Overlook makes for great photos and a lunch spot.

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From the lower parking lot, start the counterclockwise loop up the Mason Creek Trail. Stop for a snack at the Old Mill, take the short uphill hike to the overlook for fantastic views, and continue down the Staunton Ranch Trail after the intersection with Bugling Elk Trail. When you reach the upper parking lot, be sure to catch the small connector that drops down and left from the road in order to get the last bit of trail back to the parking lot.

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Jul 6, 2019
Paul A.
Much faster today 9mi — 2h 00m
Jun 29, 2019
Louis Wertz
Thunderstorms started earlier than expected and drove us and the rest of the crowds down off Staunton rocks and the Staunton Rocks trail early. 4mi — 2h 00m
Jun 29, 2019
Paul A.
Felt great, wear taint grease next time. 9.5mi — 2h 35m
Mar 17, 2019
Rick Procopio
Group hike 8mi — 3h 11m
Feb 3, 2019
Cara Hubbell
Wore spikes the whole time! 10.1mi — 2h 53m
Nov 10, 2018
Floyd Hartley
11.1mi
Nov 3, 2018
Jeremiah Edenfield
Sep 30, 2018
Cynthia B.
Took the cutoff Old Mill trail. Aspens are full color or changing from green. I think there will still be a good chance of color for the next week.

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  4.4 from 17 votes

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