Coney Creek Trail

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From the Coney Flats Trailhead, follow the Beaver Creek Trail west into the Indian Peaks Wilderness for 0.25 miles to the Coney Creek Trail. The trail parallels the Beaver Creek Trail through a meadow for another quarter mile, and then crosses Coney Creek. This crossing has no bridge.

The trail grows steeper and enters the woods of the Coney Creek drainage. The trail leads right and circles the far side of a little pond. The last half-mile of the trail passes through willows and small trees. Upper Coney Lake is a mile above Coney Lake and requires bushwhacking up the drainage through willows and loose rock.

Permit Info: This trail lies within the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area:

  • Camping permits required for all overnight trips between June 1 and September 15. Overnight permits cost $5 per group, per trip from June 1 through September 15.
  • Organized groups are required to have a permit for both camping and day-hiking year round. Day-hiking permits are free.
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: Indian Peak Wilderness restrictions apply:

  • Motorized and mechanized vehicles are prohibited.
  • Pets must be on a hand-held leash at all times.
  • Campfires prohibited.
  • Campsites must be at least 100 feet away from water and trail.
  • Group size is limited to 12 (people and livestock combined).

Fishing and hunting: permitted in accordance with regulations established by the Colorado Parks & Wildlife.

Closest Towns: Ward, Colorado
Water: Coney Creek; treat water for drinking
Restroom: Practice Leave No Trace principles
Operated By: U.S. Forest Service
Information Center: Boulder Ranger District, 2140 Yarmouth Ave, Boulder, CO 80301

Directions:

From Ward, head north on Colorado Highway 72 for approximately three miles and turn west onto Country Road (CR) 96 at the Boy Scout Camp sign. Two miles on a well-maintained gravel road will take you to the private Beaver Reservoir. Limited parking is available on the north side of Beaver Reservoir where National Forest System Road (NFSR) 507 (Coney Creek Road) begins. Experienced four-wheel-drivers can drive Coney Creek Road for an additional 3.4 miles to the Coney Flats Trailhead.

Day Hiking and Backpacking

This trail is within the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area. Splitting to the south from Beaver Creek Trail just west of Coney Flats, the Coney Creek Trail climbs moderately up the glacially-carved Coney Creek drainage north of Mount Audubon. It passes through a variety of meadows, woods, willows and ends with the treeline at Coney Lake. Coney Lake is the main destination. This trail intersects Buchanan Pass Trail.

Fire Information  Campfires are prohibited year-round.
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
Area/Length : 
From Coney Flats Trailhead to: Coney Lake Trail – .3 miles; to Coney Lake – 2.5 miles. (one way)
Difficulty: Moderate
Trail Use: Heavy
Length: From Beaver Reservoir to Coney Flats Trailhead (TH) – 3.4 miles; to Coney Creek Trail – 3.7 miles; to Coney Lake – 5.9 miles. DISTANCES ARE ONE-WAY.
Elevation: 9,200 feet at the TH; 10,600 feet at Coney Lake, 10,500 feet at upper Coney Lake.
Open To: Hiking. Groups of 12 or fewer. Pets must be on a hand-held leash at all times.
Access
  • From Ward, continue north 2.5 miles and turn west onto Country Road 96 at the Boy Scout Camp sign. Two miles on a well-maintained gravel road leads to the private Beaver Reservoir.
  • Limited parking is available on the north side of Beaver Reservoir where National Forest System Road (NFSR) 507 begins. This road is also known as the Coney Flats Road and is a rocky 4WD EXTREME route for experienced drivers only with a high clearance 4WD vehicle.
  • Follow the road for 3.4 miles to the Coney Flats TH.

Trail Highlights

  • From the Coney Flats TH, enter the Indian Peaks Wilderness and head west 0.25 miles to the Coney Creek Trail #914. The trail parallels the Beaver Creek Trail through a meadow for another quarter mile, and then crosses Coney Creek. This crossing has no bridge.
  • The trail grows steeper and enters the woods of the Coney Creek Drainage. The trail leads right and circles the far side of a little pond. The last half-mile of the trail passes through brushy willows and small trees.
  • Upper Coney Lake is a mile above Coney Lake. Bushwhacking up the drainage through willows and loose rock is required. No formal trail exists.

Important Information

  • The section from Beaver Reservoir to Coney Flats lies outside the wilderness boundary. Here, campfires are permissible and no permit is required.
  • WITHIN THE INDIAN PEAKS WILDERNESS, CAMPFIRES ARE NOT ALLOWED AND PERMITS ARE REQUIRED FOR OVERNIGHT STAYS FROM JUNE 1 – SEPTEMBER 15.
  • Additional permit requirements exist for large (8-12 persons) and organized groups. Groups of more than 12 are not permitted. Packstock restrictions apply.
  • The Coney Flats Road (NFSR 507) is open seasonally.
Stats
  • Trail Measurement: 0.3, 2.5, 3.4, 3.7, and 5.9 Miles
  • Compass Latitude: 400741N
  • Compass Longitude: 1053538W
  • Numeric Latitude: 40.1280413
  • Numeric Longitude: -105.5938905
  • Elevation in Meters: 2,987 to 3,231
  • Elevation in Feet: 9,800 to 10,600

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