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Mason Creek Trail to Eagle Cliffs Overlook: Hike Review

Staunton State Park is located in Pine, CO, just west of Conifer, CO. As the newest park in Colorado’s State Park system (the park opened in 2013), Staunton State Park offers spectacular views along the abundant trails within its 3,828 acres. One of our favorite hikes in the park is the Mason Creek Trail to Eagle Cliffs Overlook. At 7.2 miles in length with approximately 1,300ft. in elevation gain, this hike is moderately challenging and well worth the effort. A short scramble to the scenic Eagle Cliffs Overlook treats hikers to a stunning perspective of Lion’s Head and surrounding mountains. Given that Staunton State Park is only about a 45 minute drive from the Denver metro area, the Mason Creek Trail to Eagle Cliffs Overlook is an outstanding day hike option.

Hike Review Series: Mason Creek Trail to Eagle Cliffs Overlook

Trail Guide

Route Information

  • Round Trip Distance: 7.2 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 1,319ft.
  • Trail Type: Out-and-Back
  • Trailhead: Mason Creek Trailhead
  • Coordinates: 39.494561, -105.380686
  • Dogs Permitted?: Yes, on leash
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Route Instructions

Planning Tips

If you intend to visit more Colorado state parks beyond Staunton State Park, consider picking up “Colorado State Parks: A Complete Recreation Guide.” Though a bit dated, this book does a nice job providing general overviews of the parks. In addition, we recommend picking up a few naturalist guides for general awareness of Colorado and the surrounding area. An easy to use field guide for plants and birds will help identify species and further add to the enjoyment of your outdoors experience.

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