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 Post subject: First Day Hikes-January 1, 2019
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2019 First Day Hikes (Jan 1, 2019)


Hike #1 “The Ranch Loop - Davis & Staunton Ranches, Chase & Dines Properties

Trails Hiked: Davis Ponds Trail/Chase Meadows Trail/Staunton Ranch Trail/ Dines Meadow Trail/Mason Creek Trail

Time of the event: Depart at 9:30am

Meeting location: Meadow Parking Lot

Degree of difficulty: Easy (depends on snow conditions)

Minimum age for children: 5 years of age and older

Any restrictions: Leashed pets are permitted

Length of hike: 5.25 miles

Things to bring: Weather appropriate gear, water, traction devices, Snacks

Description of the hike:
Enjoy a hike to explore the historic ranch and cabin properties on the east side of Staunton State Park.

This hike will begin at the Meadow Parking Lot and will travel down to the relatively flat upper portion of the Davis Ponds Loop. We will then connect with the Chase Meadow Trail and discus the importance of these historic properties. We will then connect with the Staunton Ranch Trail (the ‘main street’ of Staunton’s 30 mile trail system) traveling downhill to the upper portion of the Dines Meadow Trail. We will cross a beautiful meadow to the trail junction with the Mason Creek Trail. We will go uphill on Mason Creek Trail and explore the creek, two rest areas including a frozen cascading waterfall. We’ll then double back downhill on Mason Creek to the lower portion of the Dines Meadow Trail where we will hike back uphill to the Meadow Parking Lot.

Volunteer Guides: Mark and Sandy Fisher

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Hike #2 “History and Geology”

Trails Hiked: Staunton Ranch Trail to the new rock climbing are (Red Cliffs Climbing Walls)

Time of event: Depart at 10:00a

Meeting Location: Meadow Parking Lot

Degree of difficulty: Moderate

Minimum age for children: 5 years of age and older

Any restrictions: Leashed pets are permitted

Length of hike: 4-5 miles

Things to bring: Weather appropriate gear, water, snack, micro-spikes, poles

Description of hike: Hikers will see meadows, pine forests, aspen tree groves, unique rock formations, wildlife, cabins and much more. Learn about the history of Staunton State Park while viewing amazing vistas from the destination overlook!

Volunteer Guide: Marlene Schulte

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Hike #3 “Search for Sasquatch”

Trails Hiked: Mason Creek Trail including the incredible Bear Paw Trail and overlooks

Time of the event: Departs at 10:30am

Meeting location: Meadow Parking Lot

Degree of difficulty: Moderate

Minimum age for children: Kids and dogs welcome

Any restrictions: Leashed pets are permitted

Length of hike: 7-9 miles

Things to bring: Binoculars, Water, snacks, Snow shoes, Yak-Trax, Weather appropriate gear

Description of the hike: Travel high above the cliffs of Staunton State Park in search of the elusive Sasquatch! Travel through ponderosa pine forests, aspen groves, rock outcroppings, cross creek beds and enjoy amazing vistas, all while keeping on alert for a creature rumored to roam around Staunton State Park!!

Volunteer Guides: Gary Finley & Nancy Coburn
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Hike #4 “Mystery History”
Trails Hiked: Upper portion of the Dines Meadow Trail , Mason Creek Trail
Time of the event: Departs at 1:00pm

Meeting Location: Meadow Parking Lot

Degree of Difficulty: Easy

Minimum age for children: Kids and dogs welcome

Any Restrictions: Leashed pets are permitted

Length of hike: Approximately 1.5 miles

Things to bring: Water, Snacks, Weather appropriate gear

Description of hike: Travel back in time along the Mason Creek trail as you visit the Old Stone House. Who built the structure? What was it used for?
Your guide will share the stories of those who lived here before the land became a park and the history of putting the park together.

Volunteer Guide: Kim Meyer

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Hike #5 To the beautiful setting of Elk Falls Pond
Trails Hiked: Staunton Ranch Trail to Bulging Elk to Elk Falls Pond and return on same trails.

Time of the event: Depart at 9:30 am

Meeting Location: Meadow Parking Lot

Degree of Difficulty: Moderate

Any Restrictions: Leashed pets are permitted

Length of hike: Approximately 8 miles roundtrip

Things to bring: Water, Snacks, Weather appropriate gear, micro-spikes (optional)

Description of hike: Follow Staunton Ranch Trail into the heart of the park with dramatic views of Lions’ Head and red rock cliffs popular with rock climbers. Hike past the historic Staunton Cabin, along a beautiful trail, and end up at the pond for lunch.

Volunteer Guide: Debby Henkens
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Hike #6 Elk Falls Hike
Trails Hiked: Staunton Ranch Trail, Bugling Elk Trail, Chimney Rock Trail, Elk Falls Trail
Time of the event: Depart at 9:30a

Meeting Location: Meadow Parking Lot

Degree of Difficulty: Moderate

Any Restrictions: Leashed pets are permitted

Length of hike: Approximately 11 miles

Things to bring: Water, Snacks, Weather appropriate gear

Description of hike: This is the Hike everyone has been waiting for! Travel through the heart of Staunton enjoying pine forests, aspen groves, creek crossings, high meadows, and the beautiful Elk Falls Pond. Then enjoy an adventurous hike down one of the Park’s most stunning trails, Chimney Rock, to Elk Falls Trail where you will descend down to the base of the falls. Once there we will see the frozen cascade of Elk Falls and listen to the water roaring below the ice cap. We’ll stop long enough for you to enjoy your packed lunch!

Volunteer Guide: Jen Nickerson


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