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Hike to Elk Falls in Staunton State Park

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Jun 17 7:00AM - 7:00PM

This is a long, casual 12+ mile round trip hike to the Elk Falls(waterfall) in Staunton State Park, Coloradowith a one way elevation gain of ~900 feet. The hike is a steady up hill trek followed by a short down hill to Elks Pond and homestead ranch house at 8,846 feet (where we'll hopefully see the resident Marmotsliving in the rock outcroppings)followed by another up hill hike to Elk Falls Overlook at 9,150 feet. After leaving the Elk Falls Overlook, we'll take a very difficult connecting trail down to the base of Elk Falls at ~8640 feet. At the base of Elk Falls,we'll havetime to relax and take in the cooling mist of the waterfall. Now for the up hill hike back to Elks Pond and the trek back to the parking lot. Starting elevation at the trail head parking lot is ~8,215 feet.

Expect an 8 to 10 hour hike.

Well be hiking the following trails in Staunton State Park:

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Staunton Ranch Trail

Bugling Elk Trail

Lions Back Trail to Elk Falls Overlook followed by Chimney Rock trail to the Elk Falls Trail

Elk Falls Trail to Elk Falls - a very rocky, difficult trail

Chimney Rock Trail back to Elks Pond

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Visit the Staunton State Park website for specific details about the park at: http://cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/parks/Staunton/Pages/default.aspx

Vehicle day pass to the park is $7.00

Bring the 10 hike essentials as defined by REI:
Navigation (map and compass) - optional
Sun protection (hat, sunglasses and sunscreen)
Insulation (extra clothing) - rain gear and layers
Illumination (headlamp/flashlight)
First-aid supplies and foot pads for possible dog tired sore feet.
Fire (waterproof matches/lighter/candles) - optional
Repair kit and tools - optional
Nutrition (extra food) - you will need lots of energy and protein based foods
Hydration (extra water) - will need 2 quarts of water minimum
Emergency shelter - optional

On the day of the hike, have a good breakfast and possibly a good nutrition based meal on the day before the hike.


We'll leave from the Wadsworth & Hampden RTD park in Lakewood at 7:00 AM with return to the RTD parking lot around7:00 PM

Did you know that Bear Grylls filmed his TV show, Running Wild With Bear Grylls, in Staunton State Park with 'This Is Us' TV star, Sterling Kelby Brown? The show was broadcasted on May 22, 2017: http://ew.com/tv/2017/04/28/running-wild-with-bear-grylls-sterling-k-brown/?sf74466334=1


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