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Level: Beginner
Length: 15 mi (24.1 km)
Surface: Doubletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +870/857 ft
Total: 78 riders
 

Mountain Biking Staunton State Park

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#967 of 1,344 mountain bike trails in Colorado
#10200 in the world

"This park is mostly wide, super-groomed trails and a good chunk of service road. There's a total of about 17 miles of trail open to MTBs. You can do it all without repeating yourself much. The full meal deal will have you hitting about 3K verts at altitude, so it's more than just a ride in the park. This is a great exercise/training ride, with some great scenery. But it's really a lot like doing nearby Buffalo Creek with all the climbing but not all the fun. Park is hugely busy on weekends, I recommend doing the Marmot Passage trail clockwise for a more doable climb followed by hitting the best techy bits in the park on the descent. I also recommend doing the Borderline/Mason Creek Trail combo clockwise. The climb up borderline is quite heinous, but this is the only way to bet the longest fast and flowy downhill in the park. Of course, if you prefer a long, gradual climb with a shorter, steeper descent, reverse this portion." -skibum

First added by KHolleman on May 1, 2020. Last updated May 1, 2020. → add an update
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Directions: From Denver take 285 south to Shaffers Crossing, about 6 miles west of Conifer. Turn north on Elk Creek Road and follow signs 1.5 miles to park entrance.
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  • sergiophoto
    *****

    First time for me at Staunton State Park. Super surprised at the great conditions, good signage, well kept, clean. It's 10 minutes from my house so it will be my daily ride for sure.

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  • charriezllaston

    The new addition of chimney rock makes this a much better and challenging ride
    So fun so picturesque
    Go get some

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  • jkey6
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    With the exception of Marmot Passage (which is pretty great) I would say this is a pretty uneventful trail for the more advanced rider. Lots of wide trail without much in the way of technical challenges. I do recommend that you make the climb up Lion's Back to take in the view. Overall, If you're in the neighborhood and looking for fun/fast/techy riding I would recommend hitting Buffalo Creek instead.

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  • timborocksloud
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    really great if you love tough rocky extended climbs. I consider myself a fairly decent mt biker, and this was really strenuous for me. The only reason I gave this three stars instead of 2 is that you get some fantastic views from the top.

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  • sweeney.jps
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    This trail is boring, sandy, and crowded. There are a couple interesting downhill sections, but they are few and far between, separated by long, sandy climbs. You also can't open it up on the descents because you are constantly stopping for hikers/horses/wheelchairs. There are only 2-3 interesting technical sections in the whole park. Save your $7 and just go to Buff Creek or 3 Sisters

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  • John Fisch
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    This park is mostly wide, super-groomed trails and a good chunk of service road. There's a total of about 17 miles of trail open to MTBs. You can do it all without repeating yourself much. The full meal deal will have you hitting about 3K verts at altitude, so it's more than just a ride in the park. This is a great exercise/training ride, with some great scenery. But it's really a lot like doing nearby Buffalo Creek with all the climbing but not all the fun. Park is hugely busy on weekends, I recommend doing the Marmot Passage trail clockwise for a more doable climb followed by hitting the best techy bits in the park on the descent. I also recommend doing the Borderline/Mason Creek Trail combo clockwise. The climb up borderline is quite heinous, but this is the only way to bet the longest fast and flowy downhill in the park. Of course, if you prefer a long, gradual climb with a shorter, steeper descent, reverse this portion.

    Reply | Thank | Edit