Coney Lake Trail

Indian Peaks Wilderness Area, Colorado

Elevation Gain1,001ft
Trailhead Elevation9,816ft
Elevation Min/Max9816/10653ft
Elevation Start/End9816/9816ft

Coney Lake Trail

Coney Lake Trail is a hiking trail in Boulder County, Colorado. It is within Indian Peaks Wilderness Area. It is 2.2 miles long and begins at 9,816 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,001 feet. This trail connects with the following: Beaver Creek Trail.

Coney Lake Trail Reviews

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Backpacked June 14-15, 2008. The first 4.5 miles were great, the ATV road was still closed, and we met only 3 other people. About 1/2 mile after the split with the Beaver Creek trail, we hit snow, put on our snowshoes, and lost the trail shortly afterwards. The "remnants of an old logging road" are hard to follow with snow still on the ground, and we never found the location of the log bridge where you "forge over Coney Creek once again." So we ended up staying left (south) of the creek. Do not do this; slopes are steep and covered with large boulders & intermittent snow fields. Putting our snowshoes on/off/on/off was tiresome. Find a place to ford if you can't find the log bridge. On the way down we stayed north of the creek, and although we still never found the trail, it was much easier going. We found a place to ford on the way down and re-joined the trail about where we had lost it the day before. Watch out for thin snow bridges covering the creek. The lake itself is beautiful; it was windy but not actually cold, we saw snowshoe hare, coyote, marmots, and plenty of trout in the lake. The ground within 300 yards of the lake wasn't snowy, but flat spots are hard to find and were slightly mushy. Beautiful. NOTE: 2007-2008 was a 150% snowpack winter in this area; snow may not persist this late in future years.
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The trail stats above include 4 miles of hiking or driving from the beginning of the Coney Flats 4x4 road to the trailhead. Word to the wise, Coney Flats is a difficult 4x4 road w/ plenty of large rocks and deep puddles. The road is extremely bumpy. However, once at the trailhead, Coney Lake is about 2 miles up the valley on the Coney Creek trail. It's an easy hike w/ amazing views. Coney Lake is one of the most beautiful lakes in the Indian Peaks Wilderness. It's not a popular hike due to the difficult trailhead access, and the reward is absolute solitude. The lake has plenty of large rocks in the shallow waters to sun, nap, or revel in the beauty.

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Trail Information

Indian Peaks Wilderness Area
Nearby City
Indian Peaks Wilderness Area
Sulphur Ranger District, Boulder Ranger District, USDA Forest Service
Local Contacts
Trails Illustrated Indian Peaks / Gold Hill, #102
Local Maps

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Dec 2018