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Coney Lake Trail #914



3.4 mile 5.4 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 1,199' 366 m
Descent: -47' -14 m
High: 10,968' 3,343 m
Low: 9,816' 2,992 m


Avg 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

Permits are required for all overnight campers June 1 through September 15. Group size is limited to 12 people. Camping is prohibited within 100' of lakes, streams, and trails. Dogs must be leashed at all times in the Indian Peaks Wilderness.


Plan to wear waterproof shoes due to the numerous Coney Creek crossings and marshy parts of this nearly seven-mile round-trip trail. This trail starts off the Beaver Creek Trail and Buchanan Pass Trail. The best way to access the trail is to park at the Coney Flats TH if you have an adequate 4X4 or at the Beaver Reservoir, which will add an additional seven-mile round trip trek to your hike.

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.

Flora & Fauna

Wildflowers galore.

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Sep 25, 2019
JP Jones
This trail is NOT easy, 17% grade over loose rocks in places, the trail is overgrown and more of a suggestion in spots - 2.2mi — 2h 00m
Jul 14, 2018
Spencer Rich
Fished lower lake. Truck couldn't make 4x4 trail. parked and walked trail to Coney Lake trailhead. 10mi

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Lower Coney Lake and the cirque headed by Paiute and Algonquin.
Jul 20, 2019 near Nederland, CO
Sawtooth Mountain from along the Coney Lake Trail.
Aug 2, 2017 near Nederland, CO
Coney Creek along the Coney Lake Trail.
Aug 2, 2017 near Nederland, CO
Many wildflowers along the trail.
Aug 2, 2017 near Nederland, CO
Small lake along the Cone Lake Trail
Aug 2, 2017 near Nederland, CO
Lower Coney Lake. At this point, climbing 500 feet of loose talus seemed more fun than bashing through more willows.
Jul 20, 2019 near Nederland, CO

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