The Denver Chapter of the American Pilgrims on the Camino hikes Staunton S.P.

On Saturday, members of the Denver chapter of American Pilgrims on the Camino traveled to Conifer to hike Staunton State Park’s challenging trail network. Sandy and I welcomed the group at the Mason Creek Trailhead. After about 15 minutes of park history and trail geography, Sandy joined them up the trail. Unfortunately, I had to work but there are a lot of worse things you could be doing than working as a park ranger at this fantastic place.

The group hiked the Mason Creek Trail to the Borderline trail and up the the Staunton Rocks Overlook. Lunch was consumed atop the rocky point with views all the way to Pikes Peak. After lunch, the group continued down Old Mill Trail to Staunton Ranch Trail and back to the trailhead. Overall, the hike was 9 miles with 1,500 feet in elevation gain (8,100-9,600′) and ranks up there as the longest training hikes we, or should I say Sandy has ever taken. Sandy survived with no foot or joint issues and just minor muscle pain in her back.

Thanks to all that visited Staunton on the hike!



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One response to “The Denver Chapter of the American Pilgrims on the Camino hikes Staunton S.P.

  1. HI Mark
    It was great seeing you the other day and finding out we are both planning on experiencing the Camino.
    I will ride my mountain bike on the trail starting in early October of this year.
    Yesterday I rode my bike up and down ALL the trails (covered about 15 miles) in Staunton Park. Beautiful trails but the 2,000′ of elevation gains was a challenge. Twenty Five ?? years ago, when I was with ECFD, we had a big summer party at the pond/cabin.
    If you want to add a 14er or a mountain bike ride to your training, contact me at
    buen camino

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