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Date Monday  6/14/2021
End Date Monday  6/14/2021
Group State CMC
Event Title Mountain Bike Staunton St Park - "Weekday Rides"
Start Time 9:00 AM
Status Canceled
Leader Jeffrey Speake
Member Price Free
Available Participants 5
Type Trip
Trip Type Bike
Pace Moderate
Classification Difficult 
Trail Mileage 11
Elevation Gain 1600
Driving Distance 50

Location

 

We will meet at the Staunton State Park Upper Parking Lot at 9:00AM.  Look for my silver 4Runner and/or meet in the vicinity of the map kiosk at the northeast corner of the Upper Parking Lot. 

Getting There: From the Denver area, drive time from C470 and US 285 is around 25 minutes.  From C470 go west on US 285 for 21 miles to the well-marked exit for Stanton State Park at Elk Creek Road / Shaffers Crossing.  Turn right from the exit and follow Elk Creek Road 1.3 miles north to the Staunton State Park entry.  Proceed to the entrance station and purchase a $9 day pass, or if you have an annual pass proceed 0.2 miles then take a sharp right and follow the road 400’ and leftish to the Upper Parking Lot. 

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Staunton+State+Park+-+Upper+Parking+Lot/@39.4990811,-105.3781419,18.38z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x876b73cd13452af9:0x7e8cb055b4a6042c!8m2!3d39.4999063!4d-105.3780653

 

 



For more info Contact

Contact leader to register: Jeff Speake   speakej@comcast.net

Weekday rides are new for the MTB Section, and we will see if there is interest. I typically ride 2-3 days a week and prefer uncrowded weekday rides. I've found mornings are best to avoid hot teps and summer t-storms. I am flexible - so I may be open to adjusting scheduled days if we develop group interest for alternatives.  Maybe we could make this a regular weekly thing?    

 



Details

Staunton State Park: Borderline/Mason Creek Loop – This is a favorite weekday ride – we will encounter a few hikers, but nothing like weekends when Staunton gets pretty busy. This loop ride is a 10.5 mile tour of the east side of the park. An add on to this loop takes in the west side for an 18.5 mile figure eight loop. We’ll do that another day. There is a lot of variety here, starting with an open and a broad trail, then a climb into the forest on single track for the rest. A hard climb, flowy sections, tech sections. Great views.  MTB Project users are mixed on ratings for various sections on this loop. The majority rate the overall ride intermediate, but a fair percentage rate parts of the ride intermediate to difficult (blue/black to black Diamond) and give it 4.2 to 4.5 out of five stars.



Here is a map of the entire park: 



https://cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/parks/Staunton/Documents/StauntonTrailsMap.pdf



Note: the MTB Project link below includes a longer full loop of the park.



https://www.mtbproject.com/trail/922946/staunton-state-park-full-clockwise-loop



Details: Staunton State Park opened in 2013, and is comprised of nearly 4,000 acres including dramatic  cliffs and rock outcroppings, a former ranch and derelict mill site, pine and aspen forests, creeks, and a water fall.  We will ride this loop clockwise and start off at the Staunton Ranch Trail, which is mostly rolling wide trail for 3 miles, climbing gradually to the northwest where we meet a short section of dirt road before taking a sharp right to the east on Borderline Trail single track.   There are a few up and down sections traversing along the side of the mountain, and then switchbacks and a climb begins. The trail tops out at about 1.2 miles, at Staunton Rocks Overlook, followed by a swift descent to the Old Mill site.  At that point we transition to the Mason Creek Trail and more climbing to a majestic aspen grove, then picking up the Bear Paw Trail, which brings us weaving along the cliff.  From there we begin a 3 mile descent, picking up lower sections of the Mason Creek Trail return to the trailhead.



Participant Basics: 



SKILLSET: As an intermediate/difficult ride you need to be comfortable on single track with moderate elevation gain, variable surfaces, tight turns, some steeps, obstacles, loose rock sections, and technical trail features.



MTB Setup Recommended: Full Suspension XC or Enduro; dropper post is very useful. E-Bikes not permitted this area.



Please, make sure your bike is in good working order before you leave home! 





Notes

Responsible Riding Rules of the Trail (IMBA):

  • Plan Ahead: Familiarize yourself with ride, area, and be equipped, including for emergencies.
  • Respect the Trail: Stay on the trail. Please Don’t Skid! Practice “Leave No Trace principals”. 
  • Share the Trail: Slow and yield to horses, runners/hikers, and ascending bikes.  Be Friendly!
  • When Passing: Slow down, announce yourself with a bell or voice, wait until out of your way. 
  • Ride in Control: Ride within your limits. Use caution at poor sightlines and corners.
  • Respect Wildlife - Beware of wildlife, approach with caution, never scare animals.

CMC COVID Protocol Summary

  • 1.DO NOT participant on the trip if you feel you have symptoms of the virus
  • 2.Take your temperature 24 hours prior to the trip and confirm to the trip leader it is less than 100.4 F
  • 3. Participants must cancel themselves from the trip roster if they are feeling any symptoms associated with COVID-19 or have had contact with anyone known to have symptoms in the last 10 days.
  • 4.You MUST sign the new liability wavier https://waiver.smartwaiver.com/w/5ad11e69247c3/web
  • 5.Masks may be considered outdoors whenever a reasonable distance cannot be maintained, however this decision is up to each participant based on their comfort level.