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September 16, 2020
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Time Details:
Meet at the MAC at 8 a.m. to carpool or meet at Staunton at 9-9:15 a.m. at the upper parking lot
Stauton State Park, Elk Falls Pond in Jefferson County
12102 S Elk Creek Rd
Pine, CO 80470
Weekly Hike Elk Falls Pond_graphic only
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Weekly Wednesday Hikes - Stauton State Park, Elk Falls Pond in Jefferson County

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Designed for adults 18 yrs and older who wish to get into the outdoors with competent and experienced guides. Our Front Range Hikes are moderate to strenuous hikes with elevation gain of up to 850 ft. and up to 7 miles at a 1-1.5 mile and hour pace. Travel time up to 1.5 hours from Castle Rock. Cost includes transportation to and from as well as experienced guides.

Hike Details

Hike Distance: 12 miles

Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain: Approximately 1500 feet
Highest Point of Elevation: 8,950 feet
Dogs: Allowed On Leash
??Nearest Town: Conifer, Colorado?

There’s something about waterfalls. Perhaps it’s the sight of a seemingly endless cascade of water. Maybe it’s the repetitive sound of the falls crashing against rock. It could be the slight yet pervasive mist that arises and envelopes the scene. Whatever the reason, waterfalls are hypnotic. It’s undeniable, the draw these majestic features of the land possess.

Staunton State Park recently finished construction on 1.9 miles of new trails,? and these paths lead hikers right ?to the base of the formerly inaccessible Elk Falls.

The public has been able to admire Elk Falls from a distant overlook since Staunton State Park opened in 2013. Thanks to the newly constructed Chimney Rock and Elk Falls Trails, you can now experience the waterfall in an entirely new way. The 75 feet of falls is a stunning sight from above, but seeing this feature of the landscape up close is a must. The roughly 12-mile round trip hike may sound daunting, but don’t fret. With plenty of time and good planning, the journey to Elk Falls will become a fast favorite.

Ready to Hike?

Guides carry GPS in case of emergency and are Wilderness First Aid certified. Transportation is provided from the MAC at the designated time. Participants are required to provide their own equipment, water, and snacks. Participants must be in good health and capable of moderate physical activity, meeting the distance and elevation requirement associated with each outing. Destination of outings may change due to weather, trail conditions, or other factors at the discretion of the program coordinator.