Colorado Map

Request Free Visitor Guides

Coney Lake Trail

Basics
Location:
42 miles west of Boulder
Setting:
Mountainous
Length:
12 mile roundtrip
Difficulty:
Intermediate
Time:
6 to 7 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
9200 feet
Elevation Change:
-1400 feet
Season:
June - October

Description

The Coney Lake Trail #914 turns left (south) off the Beaver Creek Trail #911 a quarter mile west of the Coney Flats Trailhead. It parallels the Beaver Creek Trail on a long-abandoned road through a meadow for another quarter mile, then crosses Coney Creek with no bridge. The old road grows steeper as the trail enters the woods of the Coney Creek Drainage.

Just before the old road ends, the trail takes off to the right and circles the far (north) side of a little pond. The last half-mile of the trail passes through brushy willows and small trees and can be hard to find. One hint is to stay right (north) of the buttress that divides the valley.

Upper Coney Lake is about a mile above Coney Lake. You have to bushwhack up the drainage through willows or on scree as no formal trail exists to the upper lake (elev.10,500'), which lies below the steep, north slope of Mt. Audubon (elev. 13,223').

Length: From Beaver Reservoir to Coney Flats Trailhead - 3.4 miles; to Coney Lake Trail - 3.7 miles; to Coney Lake - 5.9 miles. DISTANCES ARE ONE-WAY.

Details

Location:
42 miles west of Boulder
Setting:
Mountainous
Length:
12 mile roundtrip
From Beaver Creek Trail Head
Difficulty:
Intermediate
Time:
6 to 7 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
9200
Elevation Change:
-1400
Season:
June - October
Useful Map(s):
USGS Maps: Ward and Allenspark quads
Camping Info
Permits required for camping
Additional Details:
PERMITS ARE REQUIRED FOR CAMPING ALONG TRAILS WITHIN THE INDIAN PEAKS WILDERNESS, June 1 - Sept. 15

Map + Directions

Basic Directions

To reach the Coney Flats TH, turn off of Highway 72 onto County Road 96, about 2 and a half miles north of the town of Ward, or 7 and a half miles south of the intersection of Highways 72 and 7.

Turn west on CR 96 and proceed about two miles on a well maintained gravel road to Beaver Reservoir.

Very limited parking is available on the north side of Beaver Reservoir where FDR 507 takes off from CR 96. Hike approximately 3.4 miles to the Coney Flats TH.

This hike follows the 4 wheel drive road, FDR 507, for 1.5 miles.

The hiking trail then follows an abandoned 2-track road for 1.2 miles before rejoining the road. It is 0.6 miles more to the Coney Flats TH.

Please hike within the old road bed and respect the private land boundaries you pass through. If you have a 4 wheel drive vehicle with high clearance you can continue on FDR 507 (a.k.a. Coney Creek Rd.) 4.0 miles from Beaver Reservoir , to the Coney Flats Trailhead. This is a very rocky and often muddy road. It is not recommended for vehicles pulling horse trailers.

The last quarter mile of road crosses two branches of Coney Creek which can be waist deep in the spring. There are footbridges for hikers.

From the Coney Flats Trailhead, FDR 507 continues northwestward to join up with FDR 114, a.k.a. the Middle St. Vrain road, to Camp Dick Campground. The road between Coney Flats TH and FDR 114 is very rough, for experienced 4-wheel drivers only.

The Coney Flats TH is also a good jumping off point for the Buchanan Pass Trail #910.


Copyright © 1997 - 2017 The Go Travel Sites. All Rights Reserved and.

Email Page Link

Complete the form below to email this page to a friend or family member's email. You can send yourself an email as well. Your email and your recipient's email will NOT be shared with anyone. See our full Privacy Policy for details.
:
:
:
 
 
 
:
Copy Yourself on the Email Yes No
:
:

1

Select a Free Visitor Guides below

2

Complete the form to receive your guides by mail

Below are the Free Visitor Guides for Flagstaff. More Visitor Guides are available in Colorado. Click here to view them all!

Sedona Sedona Sedona
Central ArizonaSedona is known by many as "Red Rock Country” and is a magical place of art and culture located in Central Arizona. Friendly locals and beautiful surroundings make this quite the popular destination.
Request this Free Visitor GuideRequested! You're all set! Request a few more Visitor Guides, or complete the form below to receive your guides by mail.
Grand Canyon Grand Canyon Grand Canyon
National ParkThe Grand Canyon is known across the globe and is one of the most visited places on earth. One great way to view the breathtaking scenery is via a scenic flight which offers a bird's eye of this natural wonder.
Request this Free Visitor GuideRequested! You're all set! Request a few more Visitor Guides, or complete the form below to receive your guides by mail.