The trailhead to this amazing hike is only 35 minutes from the Zen Treehouse. Description from the State of Colorado’s Parks and Wildlife site:
Hike Distance: 12 miles
Elevation Gain: Approximately 1500 feet
Highest Point of Elevation: 8,950 feet
Dogs: Allowed On Leash
Nearest Town: Conifer, Colorado (note: our Zen Treehouse is closer to the trailhead than Conifer)
There’s something about waterfalls. Perhaps it’s the sight of a seemingly endless cascade of water. Maybe it’s the repetitive sound of the falls crashing against rock. It could be the slight yet pervasive mist that arises and envelopes the scene. Whatever the reason, waterfalls are hypnotic. It’s undeniable, the draw these majestic features of the land possess.
Our very own Staunton State Park recently finished construction on 1.9 miles of new trails, and when we heard these paths lead hikers right to the base of the formerly inaccessible Elk Falls, we made it a priority to trek them.
The public has been able to admire Elk Falls from a distant overlook since Staunton State Park opened in 2013. Thanks to the newly constructed Chimney Rock and Elk Falls Trails, you can now experience the waterfall in an entirely new way. The 75 feet of falls is a stunning sight from above, but seeing this feature of the landscape up close is a must. The roughly 12-mile round trip hike may sound daunting, but don’t fret. With plenty of time and good planning, the journey to Elk Falls will become a fast favorite.
The new trails begin near Elk Falls Pond, which is accessible by routes of varying difficulty and length. The rangers and volunteers at Staunton are the best resource for ensuring a successful hike. Ask for help in finding the route best suited for your ability and they will kindly point you in the right direction.