Staunton State Park trails report for Saturday January 21, 2023
The park received significant amounts of snow this past week and ALL trails are covered. With more snow in the forecast for the beginning of this next week expect these conditions to continue and with colder temperatures very little melting will take place in the coming week. Due to deep snow some of the best snow shoeing and cross country ski conditions in the past several years exist in the park. The upper trails especially are good for these winter sports.
Cautions: Most ice flows across streams are covered in snow. However, use caution when coming down these areas as they still may be slick.
Bikers: some upper trails are not recommended due to deep snow with very little packing. These may include the upper reaches of Mason Creek, Bear Paw, Lions Back, the upper section of Chimney Rock above the trailhead to Elk Falls and West Meadow. Lions Head trail is not broken in.
Lower trails: These include Staunton Ranch (SR), lower Mason Creek (MC), Dines Meadow (DM), Davis Ponds (DP), Chase Meadow (CM), Historic Cabins (HC), all climbing access, the connector trail to Border Line and the access road: These trails are snowy with some packing.
Upper trails: These include Mason Creek canyon (MC). Bear Paw (BP). upper Mason Creek (MC). Old Mill (OM). Border Line (BL), Scout Line (SL). Marmot Passage (MP), Chimney Rock (CR). Elk Falls (EF), Lions Back (LB), West Meadow (WM) and Bugling Elk (BE): These trails are snowy with some packing. Some upper trails are covered in deep snow (See note above). ALL upper trails will be good for snow shoeing and cross country skiing.
Seasonal Closures (March - July) include portions of Mason creek and all of Lions Head loop
For current conditions, please check our Facebook page or contact the park at 303-816-0912