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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:
|Restrictions:||Indian Peak Wilderness restrictions apply:
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|
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.|
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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