Explore the most popular walking trails near Ward with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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

It was overcast with snow flurries so we were basically the only ones on the trail. Beautiful and solitary.

Was planning on doing the Blue Lakes trail but didn't realize you had to pay $11 entry fee cash only. So since I didn't have any cash on me, I just decided to park in the free parking lot and see where the trails would lead. The couple of bridges and waterfalls were a nice surprise and it was so peaceful with some fall colors. Only saw 2 other people on the trail on a Saturday afternoon.

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!

Took this trail all the way down to lost lake, then back up, taking a right on Waldrop to take us back to the Brainard entrance parking.

Very pretty bike, I would suggest making sure you get as far as the meadow that opens up onto a beautiful view of Mt Navajo peak and the continental divide.

Lost lake was beautiful, but I avoided taking the back paths to avoid the crowds on this busy Sunday.

Very well maintained with wide paths and not too much traffic. Also excellent wooden bridges to cross the creek.

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.

Great trail, our small dog did great. Lots of shade. Nothing too taxing and not too many ppl on the Sourdough/South Vrain portion.

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.

I went to this hiking spot and chose the one with the most elevation gain ( that’s not currently closed) it’s a great trail.

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.

8 months ago


Beautiful hike in the Fall with snowy patches. almost alone on the trail!

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Vehicle used to access the trail:
Kia sorrento front-wheel drive
Nike running shoe's
Child carrier:
ErgoBaby 360° backpack 22lb
Fee: Free!!! as the trail starts at the parking lot to the right before the pay station.

This was a lovely trail, in our favourite area to hike. We started the hike at 8:45am on a Saturday at the end of August. There were plenty of parking spots available and the trail was not very busy at all. For the first half of the trail we saw probably 2-3 groups of people however, as the day went on and we were finishing the trail close to 10:30 we saw at least 5-6 groups of people who had started the trail clockwise.

There is no main attraction on this hike like others in the area that provide lake views or peak mountain views but this is a beautiful loop with much to see, streams and a few water crossings on well maintained bridges, wild flowers, a small meadow, and dense forest. We took our dogs with us and they did great, a few small mud patches but nothing to really worry about. I would imagine as the weather cools and the rain comes more frequently you would need hiking boots but during the summer regular Nike running shoe's would be fine.
Remember to pack it in, pack it out and take your trash with you. There are no trash cans that we saw but that's good. It's much better to dispose of your trash elsewhere.
Finally, this is a LEASHED pet trail.

We would recommend this rail and will be heading back again.

Great trail. Some areas are a bit rocky, but not a bad hike. There are level areas. Well shaded. Go early!!

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, July 23, 2017

Beautiful trail but the number of mountain bikers flying down the hill without slowing at all make it an unpleasant exercise in surprise for a hiker. Most of them don't warn you they're coming up on you and you have no time to get out of their way; usually its a matter of jumping when you hear them 10 yards behind you going 15 mph. They're technically supposed to slow to go around you but the speed they are going didn't seem that it would be possible. Don't recommend for hiking anyway.

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

We did a loop around Lichen Trail and connected to Wapiti. Our total distance was only 3.7 miles as we hiked 9 miles the day before at Picture Rock....Great gentle inclines throughout and beautiful views and wildlife along the way. The last mile I jogged and the trail is very well maintained without any loose rocks etc...

We accidentally ended up in the right place because the lot for the lake was full. So park at the Gateway Parking Lot (free) just before the entry fee station and the trailhead is right there. It then forks west or east. We went east so our final push toward the end would be mostly downhill - that ended up being the right choice IMO. The scenery doesn't change much and there's really only one grand view. However, it's still a beautiful trail and the way the light falls through the conifers can be breathtaking. Two large river crossings with solid bridges and we encountered maybe 6 stream crossings that took careful balancing. The sound of water is present for most of the trail. Even arriving late morning on a Saturday the trail didn't seem too busy. I think most of the traffic goes toward Brainard Lake so most of this loop felt comfortably secluded. I think "moderate" is an accurate difficulty rating. I'm not fit by any means, and while it probably took me longer than most I did finish it. A few lung busting moments, but a lot of nice rolling meandering as well.

Saturday, April 08, 2017

First timer snowshoeing last weekend! It was incredible and the views were so beautiful that we added on to Lake Bierstadt and we're out there for 6 hours.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Hiked this trail on 2/26, two days after about 4 inches of snow. Trail was a mixture of snow, ice, mud and dirt, with lots of rocks and switchbacks along the way to help you gain elevation. We went up to the top where it meets Ponderosa Loop trail, stopped there and then descended back down to the trailhead. It had gotten much warmer by then, and on the way down the trail had turned to a mostly muddy quagmire.

I highly recommend that if you do this trail during winter months, that you get started very early and aim to finish before it warms up, as it is a much better hike when the ground is frozen solid.

As far as views and experience, it is a cool trail. Lots of wooded forest areas if that is your thing, but not a whole lot of panoramic views. The best views are looking south, closer to the beginning of the trail. But, there was a lot of evidence of wildlife in the area including deer and mountain lion tracks, so what it lacks in views it can make up for in overall experience.

Watch out for mountain bikers and trail runners, as this seems like a semi-popular spot. Also, I'm not 100% sure I'd rate this trail as "Easy". Even Boulder County lists the trail as a Moderate. We took a lot of breaks and enjoyed the wilderness, but I wouldn't dream of taking my 70 year old father on this one.

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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