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Hit the parking lot well before sun up, on the trail with a headlight for the first hour of shoeing. Well marked trails, did not see anyone until I was headed back.

Went snowshoeing here with my dog on a Thursday and it was a great experience. There wasn’t much traffic out on the hike so my dog got to run without a leash. We both really enjoyed our time.

1 month ago

If you're looking to have an easy snowshoe on hard packed snow that you can walk on with microspikes or Yaktrax, this is your trail. If you're looking for powder or not-packed, wait for it to snow and then go before everyone else shows up. Otherwise, beautiful and close to Denver and Boulder.

I rarely venture into the mountains during winter because I fear slipping, but the road to the lake, even though it was covered in hard pack snow, was easy with insulated hiking boots and trekking poles! Well worth the hike, in spite of the wind! Brainerd is my favorite hiking destination by far in Colorado.

I had no idea this is such a winter hotspot! I’m glad we decided to sleep in and arrive at lunchtime, since spaces were starting to come available in the parking lot at that time (though cars were parked well down the access road, so there is an alternative). We had a great time breaking in new snowshoes, which seemed like the most popular activity, though plenty of people were on skis or on foot on the Brainard Lake Rd portion of our loop. The Snowshoe Trail is a fun path with many short but steep hills, and some nice mountain views where the trail turns back to the road a mile and a half in. Have fun out there!

Hiked today and had so much fun! Some people were on snowshoes and skis, but most of the paths were pretty hard packed. We hiked in boots with micro spikes and yaktraks and felt comfortable with that. We each had a few missteps that ended up in deeper snow, but it wasn’t bad. We took Waldrop Trail to Brainard Lake and the South Trail back to the parking lot. Both trails were beautiful, in the trees and rolling hills. The main road was in sunshine, but also windy. Brainard Lake was very windy as well. The restrooms at the parking area were open, but no tp available. Restrooms at the lake were closed. Overall, a great day and pretty views!

Decided to make a loop of this using the Waldrop trail. All snowshoe trails were fairly packed down—snowshoes or spikes were not even necessary. We saw lots of people using the road as a path to the lake, but I enjoyed the snowshoe trails much more. The scenery among the trees and the rolling elevation was much more interesting. Also, be mindful that some of the trails are intended for skis only—look for the snowshoe signs on trees!

Beautiful day for a snow hike. Most people were snowshoeing and skiing; I was on foot with poles which are a necessity if you're on foot. I had good snow boots that were fully waterproof and because the trail was pretty packed down, hiking it was completely enjoyable. I only sunk down a couple of times. It was very windy by the lake so bring face cover! Mostly through the woods but beautiful view of the lake with mountains behind near Brainard!

One of the most beautiful hikes I’ve been on! Must do!!

the first half of the trail is a really Rocky Jeep Road. Fairly hard on the knees and ankles. The second half is in the woods send on a much softer trail. The Coney Lake is beautiful and the surrounding mountains are classic Rocky Mountains. The few hikers make this a perfect lake for a picnic and some quality time in the mountains.

The photo used in this post is of Upper Coney Lake which this trail does not visit.

Beautiful trail. The hike to Coney Lake was pleasant and never too steep, saw a mama and baby moose near the 4WD trailhead. Lots of used toilet paper at the trailhead too, so please try to be a decent human if you're going to visit these places and PACK IT OUT.
One thing to note. Getting to upper Coney Lake was a nightmare because I followed internet advice which told me to try to follow the inlet stream. Do not do this. The willows are terrible. If you want to go to upper Coney Lake (and you should - it's beautiful!) stick to the talus on your left and you can rock hop all the way there and back without too much willow bashing.

This was a great hike, but difficult due to length. If your car can get up the road it will cut the hike in half. It was awesome being up on top of sawtooth mountain- a mountain that you can clearly see if you are traveling 36 westbound into Boulder. It was a gradual incline that got more difficult as you head up Buchanan pass. Great views of all the mountains, you feel like you are right in the middle! Definitely recommend!

The elevations climbs were easy. A few low areas were pretty wet. If you’re expecting scenic Rocky Mountain you-can-see forever views, you aren’t getting them on this trail. It traverses through a wooded area to the lake. Positives - toilets at the trailhead and at the lake and a beautiful hike.

Road is open.

Great trail with plenty of streams for the dogs to hydrate. Started at the Camp Dick trailhead, then took Sourdough up to Beaver Reservoir, so total mileage was closer to 16mi. The last half mile up and over Buchanan Pass is up a steep grade, but the view to the west is worth every step. It also makes the trek up Sawtooth Mt easy by comparison.

Road is closed from highway 5/17/18

Nice trail, was completely snowpacked today from the skiers (despite Denver being close to 80 degrees). We made it about 2.5 miles in before we had a dog meltdown due to snowballs in the toe fur. But it is definitely a trail we will return to in the warmer months.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Trail head name is Coney Flats. Trail is popular with 4WD & ATVs.
Really beautiful, dense forest. Lots of mini ponds, and small water holes on the trail.
Download map or print beforehand. Very limited cell service.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Short hike to Coney Lake. Beautiful area. We came in on an off-road trail. Recommend a high clearance vehicle.

Monday, August 03, 2015

This review is for cross country and Back country skiing in the same area as my previous. It is also awesome in the winter!!

Monday, August 03, 2015

I tried to create a page for Coney Lake Trail, which is honestly THE reason for coming here. Not sure if it worked but the trail is amazing so check the link for more info. From Beaver Reservoir the trail is almost 9 miles out and back. One thing not included in any review or trail is getting to Upper Coney Lake. There is no trail but you can follow Coney Creek to get to it, and I would recommend it!!! Just be prepared to fight thick brush and get wet feet.


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