Coney Lake Trail #914
ElevationAscent: 1,199' 366 m
Descent: -47' -14 m
High: 10,968' 3,343 m
Low: 9,816' 2,992 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 17% (10°)
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“A very scenic, mildly difficult hike to a high alpine lake.”— Michael Mercier
Features Birding · Commonly Backpacked · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife
From the Coney Flats TH, follow the Beaver Creek Trail for approximately 0.4 miles where the Coney Lake Trail veers to the left. From here, the trail meanders along Coney Creek, crossing it several times. The creek cuts its way through a passage between two steep inclines so there isn't really a way to get lost if you momentarily lose the trail.
Be aware that moose, elk, and bear frequent the area. There are several small lakes along the way but Coney Lake is around 10,600 feet and Upper Coney Lake is around 10,900 feet so check your GPS or the Hiking Project mobile app to ensure you have gone all the way.
A favorite overnight backpacking trip is to do Coney Lake, have lunch, and then head back down to the Beaver Creek Trail and up to Red Deer Lake via the Buchanan Pass Trail and Red Deer Lake Trail.
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Land Manager: USFS - Boulder Ranger District Office