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    Staunton II

    Finally made it. It's only 15 minutes from my house and I did a recon drive out there last Sat. The park was full! I couldn't get in. Not letting cars in until one left. Whatever. I just got a map. Today I planned on checking out the whole park. I'm a lot ashamed to say that I was defeated. I'm blaming it on the wind, and the closed Bugling Elk Trail, and I'm not in "bike shape" yet, and - I'm a wuss. I didn't get to the best part, the Border Line and Mason Creek trails, but I liked what I did ride. Well, except the first few miles of the Staunton Ranch Trail. The wide trail was ok actually, it was the amount of trees they removed. I think they went a little thinning-happy. Anyway, here's my unsolicited recap.

    1. Great views!
    2. Not riding through burn areas. I ride BC all the time.
    3. It's climby
    4. It's close to my house.

    Didn't like
    1. $7 entry fee
    2. Lots of equestrians
    3. It's climby
    4. Lots of people. Maybe this will mellow a little after the newness wears off.

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    Take three hours of single track through a pine forest and call me in the morning.

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    Staunton II

    That "it's climby" made both the like and dislike lists... I can relate to that.
    The older I get, the faster I was.

    Punch it, Chewie.

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    Gonna head out there tomorrow with kids, bikes, and fishing poles.

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    Hoping to get out there this Friday with a friend to hike it. Definitely want to bike it soon as well, though I'm trying to get in bike shape and lose some of the beer drinking winter weight!
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    got to ride at Staunton saturday morning. when i got there at 7:45am there were already cars lined up in front of the gate.
    i liked marmot passage trail and masons creek descent. didnt see anyone until i was coming back down masons creek. it was literally infested with elderly hikers groups. 10 per group minimum. when i got back to the car, the place was packed.

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    Climby and climby indeed!

    Checked it out on Sunday. Had a great a ride and it is pretty back there. The trails are very smooth...almost gravely in areas. It would be a great place to take fit beginners. Hardtail ragers would enjoy it as well.

    We ran into a group of almost 100 equestrians. I have never seen a group like that anywhere...JeffCo, State Parks, Nat'l Forest, BLM...anywhere. Was shocking to come across actually. These guys were all very nice. I typically don't mind equestrians but the trail's surface was totally different after they passed and the rest of the ride we were sucking dust.
    in the ghetto of Evergreen

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