Hike to Elk Falls

Conifer, Colorado

3.5/5
based on 2 reviews

Details

Distance

10.8 miles

Route Type

Out-and-Back

Description

Added by Anna Curley

Explore well maintained trails in Staunton State Park, just an hour from Denver, culminating in a beautiful waterfall.

Begin on Staunton Ranch Trail for 3.3 miles. Switch to Bugling Elk Trail for the next 1.1 miles, then to Lion's Back Trail for the last mile to the overlook. There are a couple ways to navigate to the falls – alternatively, you can take Scout Line and Marmot Passage Trails to the falls. You can reference a trail map here.

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Features

Photography
Hiking
Forest
Scenic
Waterfall

Reviews

Tons of mountain bikers on the weekend, most likely due to being such a quick drive from the city. Relatively unchallenging hike. Would definitely recommend doing the lion's head loop that is right by the falls overlook.

Good hike, with great variance in terrain and awesome views, especially along Bugling Elk trail. I would advise to do it in groups as it runs through areas with multiple moose and mountain lions!

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