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Coney Creek Trail

  

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.

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At a Glance

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, Phone 303-541-2500, Fax 303-541-2515; Contact Us

General Information

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.


Activities


Fishing

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Backpacking

This trail is within the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area, where camping permits are required June 1 - September 15. 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 InformationCampfires are prohibited year-round.
Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Day Hiking

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
Areas & Activities

Location

 
  Area/Length : 
From Coney Flats Trailhead to: Coney Lake Trail - .3 miles; to Coney Lake - 2.5 miles. (one way)

  Elevation : 
9,800' - 10,600'

 



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