I finally had a chance to go for a hike this past Friday after a month-and-a-half hiatus, so a friend and I headed out to Staunton State Park, the newest of Colorado’s 42 state parks. The park opened in May of 2013 after decades of land acquisition and development.
The green line on the map below shows the route we took. According to the map, our hike totalled 6.6; according to my pedometer, it was around 8 miles. I guess I’ll have to believe the park’s official map.
I discovered Staunton State Park quite by accident last year about a month after it opened. Friends and I were on our way to hike somewhere else when I caught a glimpse of the sign along Highway 285 out of the corner of my eye. When the place we intended to go looked like it was getting slammed with inclement weather, we decided on Staunton as our Plan B. We started out on the Mason Creek trail but didn’t even get a half-mile into it before it started to rain and we had to turn around.
Fortunately, Friday was an absolute PERFECT day for a hike with NO rain in the forecast. The montane zone wildflowers are really hitting their stride right about now and I even managed to find one that I don’t think I’ve seen before, the Sugar Bowl (Clematis hirsutissima).
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