July 03, 2019 Slideshows » Columns

Staunton State Park's West Meadow Trail 

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Bob Falcone
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From the Davis Ponds Trailhead at the Ranch Hand picnic area, take the Davis Ponds trail a short distance until it comes to a T intersection. Turn right to follow the loop counter-clockwise. At about a half mile from the parking lot, turn right onto the Chase Meadow Trail
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The Chase Meadow trail winds through some fields, across a service road and past a few old cabins such as the Shower House.
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Just past the Shower House, at approximately 1 mile, turn left onto the Historic Cabin Trail
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The trail passes a few old historical cabins, including the Staunton Cabin
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At approx 1.5 miles, turn left onto the Staunton Ranch Trail
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At about 1.8 miles the Staunton Ranch Trail crosses the Old Mill Trail. Turn left here.
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Take the Old Mill Trail a short distance, and past the very convenient porta-potty towards the service road and the Scout Line trail
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The Scout Line Trail starts on the opposite side of the service road where the Old Mill Trail ends. The trail is a bit steep here, through a series of switchbacks
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The Scout Line trail has nice views to the south, including this view of Pikes Peak
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A little further on, Lions Head comes into view
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At around 3.5 miles turn left at the end of Scout Line Trail onto the Marmot Passage Trail
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At around 5 miles, the Elk Falls Pond comes into view. If you have a fishing license you can fish here. Check at the visitors center for any applicable rules.
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At bit over 5 miles the Marmot Passage Trail meets the Bugling Elk Trail, turn left, and just past the pond, turn right onto the West Meadow Loop.
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The West Meadow Loop winds through a combination of open meadow and wooded areas. At around 7.5 mile, it meets the Lions Back Trail and the Chimney Trail. Turn left down the Lions Back Trail
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At the bottom of the Lions Back Trail, continue past the beginning of the West Meadow Loop and the end of the Marmot Passage Trail and continue straight on the Bugling Elk Trail, which is actually an old ranch road and now a service road. At the top of a hll, the trail turns to the right.
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At about 10 miles, the Bugling Elk Trail ends. Turn onto the Staunton Ranch Trail. Stay on the Staunton Ranch Trail for another 3 miles, passing the Old Mill, Historic Cabins and Chase Meadow trails to the parking lot.
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The route, as described. You can cut a mile or so off this hike by taking the Staunton Ranch Trail to Bugling Elk and then the West Meadow Loop to Lions Back and then Bugling Elk and Staunton Ranch Trail back to the parking lot. However, you will miss some history on Historic Cabins and the great views on Scout Lane and Marmot Passage.
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