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Date Thursday  4/25/2019
End Date
Group Denver
Event Title New Member Hike: Staunton State Park - Bear Paws
Start Time 8:00 AM
Status Complete
Leader Jeff Stevens
Member Price Free
Available Participants 1
Type Trip
Trip Type Hike
Pace Moderate
Classification Easy B
Trail Mileage 9
Elevation Gain 1600
Driving Distance 38


THIS TRIP IS FOR NEW AND PROSPECTIVE CMC MEMBERS ONLY. We will answer new members' practical questions and talk about pace, clothing, gear, etc. Bring your questions and concerns. IF YOU HAVE BEEN ON A NEW MEMBER TRIP BEFORE, please wait until a few days before the trip date to sign up, in order to reserve scarce places for true newbies.

For preparation help, check out these articles for members at  We will talk about all these matters on trip day. 

1. All About Hiking Pace:

2. Trail Etiquette:  

3. Your Personal Hiker Classification:

4. Hiker Classification Change Form:

This hike is at Staunton State Park, 12102 S Elk Creek Rd, Pine, CO 80470.  We will park in the Mason Creek parking Lot, to the right off the main interest.

A Colorado State Parks pass is required for park entry, so please offer to drive if you have one.  Drivers will be reimbursed for mileage. 

There are restrooms at the trailhead.

Meet at the Fort at 7:45 am to set up carpools and to leave promptly by 8:00 am.  Bring small bills to pay your driver about $2 per person.

The Fort Restaurant is located on Hwy 8, just north of Hwy 285, off the first southbound exit after C-470.  Between the restaurant parking lot and Hwy 8, there is a dirt area where people pull in to carpool up into the mountains.

Let me know if you live up the hill and would rather meet us there.


For more info Contact

Jeff Stevens. (720) 285-0567 /


Whenever you have to cancel out of a trip, it is your responsibility to do that online.I will see your cancellation. Here's how: Log in to>Members>My Membership>My trips> find this trip (all your upcoming trips are listed in date order)click"cancel."

IN ADDITION: Please TEXT me if you have to cancel the night before or the morning of. Emails will be lost in my inbox.


Bear Paws Trail in Staunton has great views of Rosalie, Kenosha Pass, and Pikes Peak. We will start on Mason Creek Trail then go to Bear Paws at 2.3 miles, back to Mason Creek, and then from there we will go down the Old Mill Trail to Staunton Ranch trail.

Cars that have the Colorado State Pass are needed to get into the park.  So if you have a pass, PLEASE volunteer to drive.  Otherwise the car occupants split the entry cost of $7.00.

The goal is to get new members comfortable with the trip sign-up and trip-taking process. We will answer new members' practical questions and can talk as you wish about pace, clothing, gear, etc.

I'll write you with a weather forecast the day before. Do not assume bad weather means the trip is canceled. We only cancel if the roads are treacherous. We just try to dress appropriately.

Please bring those of the 10 Essentials appropriate to a mountain hike:  Wear proper hiking boots, sunglasses and sunscreen, a hat, a personal first aid kit, nutrition items, and plenty of water. Rain jacket with hood is a year-round pack item. 

Traction devices, such as Microspikes or YakTrax Diamond, will be required as the trail will be icy in places. (We recommend you always carry them in your pack from late fall through early summer.)

Part of the trail is steep, so bring hiking poles if you use them. If you have never used hiking poles, I have a few to loan, if you'd like to try them.

No jeans or cotton clothing. We can talk more about all that on trip day.

NO Dogs, please. Look for designated "Doggie Hikes" on the calendar.

Let me know of any medical conditions that might affect you on the hike.



Sorry it is past the registration deadline for this event.