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Coney Flats (Coney Creek)

Lyons, Colorado (Boulder County)

Last Updated: 10/20/2020
4.3 / 5 ( 15 reviews )
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Status: Temporary Closure
Typically Open: 07/01 - 10/01
Length: 4.8 miles
Highest Elevation: 9791 feet
Duration: About 2 hours, 30 minutes
Shape of Trail: Straight Through
Best Direction to Travel: East
Nearest Town: Lyons
Nearest Town w/ Services: Boulder
Official Road Name: 507.1, 507.1A
Management Agency: United States Forest Service
District: Boulder Ranger District
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Highlights

Highlight: Coney Flats (Coney Creek)
This 4.8-mile off-roading trail near Boulder, CO is popular for locals and tourists alike. Coney Flats is anything but flat all the way through and offers some rough rock obstacles to start and a day driving over mainly rocks. The trail is famous in the area for the large water crossing at Waypoint 4 and the views of the Indian Peaks Wilderness. This naturally dammed creek crossing stays deep all year long and since water crossings are hard to come by in Colorado, people seek this one out. This is a 4x4 trail for those looking to test out their skills and for a full day of rough wheeling.

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Route Information

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Waypoints

1. Trail Starts at Middle St Vrain (FS 114) (0 mi)
The trail starts at waypoint 9 of Middle Saint Vrain (FS 114).

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 40.136502, -105.583090

Starting Point: Boulder, CO

Follow CR 119 for 14.5 miles. Turn right (northeast) onto Broadway at the Barker Reservoir, turn right (north) onto Hurricane Hill for 0.7 miles. Turn left (northwest) on Ridge Road and follow it for 1.0 Mile to CR 72. Follow CR 72 for 16.4 miles to Middle Saint Vrain (FS 114) and turn left (east). Follow that for about 4.0 miles to the trailhead.

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Trail Reviews (31)

Author: Official Crew
Status: Temporary Closure
Offroaded on:
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (Oct. 20, 2020) – Due to unprecedented and historic fire conditions, the USDA Forest Service’s Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests is announcing a temporary closure of all National Forest land in Clear Creek, Jefferson, Gilpin, Boulder, and Larimer counties, effective at midnight tonight (closure begins at 00:01 Oct. 21). This decision will be re-evaluated daily as conditions change.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Temporary Closure
Offroaded on:
This area is closed due to fire activity. It likely will not reopen before the end of the season.

Author:
Status: Open
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Did Coney flats trail along with Middle St. Vrain for a nice day trip. More ATV and side by sides on the trail then I care for, would be best to do on a weekday. Found the only real difficult part to be at WP2. I think it has gotten a little more dug out over the summer making your choice of line and having a higher clearance vehicle important. Was following an H2 who broke his tie rod on the obstacle, so vehicle damage if possible if you don't have the proper clearance and equipment. Encountered a down tree around WP9. It was cut but not quite wide enough for my JL. With the help of other was able to move it aside so all could pass. Overall a fun trip.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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Went out for the shakedown run with the new lift kit and 37s on the JL. The trail was much wetter this time around, so a bit more fun than our previous trip this summer. Overall a fun trail to get flexed out on! The 6 is no joke. We saw a TRD offroad tacoma with a lift kit and sliders (but on 31s) needing to pull line to get up WP 2.

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Status: Open
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Ran this trail with MSV. It was really wet and muddy due to the recent snow which made waypoint 2 very challenging. We only saw one other vehicle. Overall a fun trail that will test your skills and vehicle.

Author:
Status: Open
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IMO the Gatekeeper on Middle St. Vrain is primarily for Waypoint 2 on this trail, which was heavily rutted and even the large rocks were loose. Several vehicles had problems with this obstacle and needed to take a number of tries at it. Rock stacking was common. A spotter was almost required. That being said... an older Stock JKU with street tires and low tread made it through in front of us. It was apparent he had little regard however for the damage occurring to his vehicle. Several people from the group in front of us said it gets worse every year. Who knows what next year will hold. The water crossing at Waypoint 4 had a large area to park and was a popular spot to stop for lunch, and watch everyone else cross the water. Pack accordingly! :) I would suggest that Mild Off Camber (for the rocks at Waypoint 2), High Water Crossing (possibility at Waypoint 4), and Pinstriping (in general) be added to the ARS above.

Author:
Status: Open
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Well all I have to say for this trail is awesome it was amazing my stock height fj had trouble at way point 2 those rocks were rough but still made it through the crossing was beautiful and I love mud so the rest was amazing all the recent rain made it nice and wet

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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As others have said, the water crossing is awesome and the rock obstacles between Middle St Vrain and the creek crossing are definitely challenging. After that though, the road is extremely slow and rough, extremely tight, extremely dusty, and boring in my opinion. There was pretty much no mud and the trail was extremely dry when we came though.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
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We went out today to run MSV/Coney to get trail updates and we are glad we did. The rock obstacles are ALL much more dugout than pictured above as of this writing. New photos and video will be available here soon but do not underestimate this trail, it is rated difficult and lives up that. We got held up for about an hour today while a large group with stock vehicles not necessarily designed for what we were all doing. More than one vehicle got hung up and caused the delay. I love this trail for the views and the giant water crossing, but it really does beat up the body due to the bumpiness, even with low-air tires and upgraded suspension. Go on a weekday to avoid the large crowds that this trail tends to bring in on weekends.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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Coney Creek is one of those trails where I love part of it and really could care less about the other part. We ran MSV to Coney Flats. The best part of this trail is the "beginning" (at pretty much the end of MSV) up to Coney Creek. This trail is no joke - the 6-6 is quite accurate IMO. I had my fiance drive while I spotted her. Fully locked and aired down, the Rubicon scraped its way to the top. Unless you have a ton of flex, vehicles without lockers will struggle on this trail. The picture imaged of the white Jeep is the worst of the trail. If you can get past that, you will have no issues getting up to the creek and through the rest of the trail back to Peak to Peak highway. After the creek crossing, this trail is not scenic with tight trees and stinky mud. It is nothing special IMO.

Author:
Status: Open
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Great trail,was able to complete it in my stock JLU Wrangler. Big rocks, lots of water, and uphill climbs. Great views as well. Definitely put good use to my rock sliders.

Author:
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Fun little trail. Started from camp dick, into at vrain, and then to Coney flats and out. Water crossings were pretty cool. There's some good size rocks you can crawl over. The dispersed camping looks awesome! Lots of great views. Sounds like most off roading rigs, whether or not you have any thing done to it, can make it through this trail.

Author:
Status: Open
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Overall the trail is in really good shape. The entrance is a beast to get past, saw multiple SUVs and one Jeep attempt to start the trail and turn around because they didn't have clearance. After the entrance, there are really only two other spots that are difficult. The second section before the main water crossing is tough because it's really dugout but with a good spotter you can get past it without scraping. I was in a 16 JKU with a 2.5 JKS lift and 32's and both water crossings came right up to the bottom of the door well, one more inch of water and it would have come inside.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Trail was opened late Saturday after the adopted club ran it and cleared downed trees and performed necessary trail maintenance. Water levels are high.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Temporary Closure
Offroaded on:
As of 9/3/19, Both Middle St Vrain and Coney Flats are both closed due to Forest Order ARP-BRD-2019-01 while bridge replacement work is done. You can find the order along with maps here: https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd657032.pdf

Author:
Status: Open
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Ran this in conjunction with Middle St Vrain in my mostly stock FJ100. It pushed the limits of my rig and the accompanying Wrangler Sport. As soon as we departed St Vrain the initial uphill climb seemed to increase slightly in difficulty from the previous trail. At the foot of the Rock Obstacle, easily the most technical section of this trail, we began to wonder if we bit off more than we could chew. With a bit of expert direction from a seasoned driver, and some perseverence, we muddled through and were rewarded with the glorious water crossing. Yeah, we all did it at least 3 times. The difficulty and the water crossing made this a really special day, if not a gruelling one. We spent a good 6 hours off-roading alone. But it was rewarding and adventuresome. At times the wood was so thick I half expected Red Riding Hood to come skipping by. There was rock, mud, water, climbs, descents a turtled 4 runner to rescue . . . pretty much something for everyone. I slept well that night and was glad to have made it. I definitely recommend a little lift and bigger tires before tackling this one.

Author:
Status: Open
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I completed St Vrain and Coney flats in a stock 4Runner SR5, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, ATRAC works wonders, the T4R didn’t even hesitate to climb any of the obstacles. I would have been a lot better off if I had a lift, I did scrape a number of times but with the help of a good spotter, I faired pretty well. It helps that the T4R has a shorter wheelbase than Tacos and 4-Door Wranglers. I enjoyed the double takes I got for being in a stock 4Runner on the trail. I’d say that the water crossing is about 18” deep based on how high the water was on people’s wheels. This is a long drive that can cause you to be fatigued toward the end, be ready to pay attention to the trail, a lot!

Author: Official Crew
Status: Temporary Closure
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Middle St Vrain, Coney Flats roads to close temporarily for bridge replacement project BOULDER, Colo. (Aug. 22, 2019) – Due to a critical bridge replacement project several campgrounds and roads on the Roosevelt National Forest’s Boulder Ranger District will close for the season on Sept. 3, 2019. The closures include: Peaceful Valley and Camp Dick campgrounds; Middle St. Vrain Road (Forest Service Road 114.1) at Colo. Higway 72; Coney Flats Road (Forest Service Road 507.1) at Beaver Creek Reservoir Trailhead; Bunce School Road (Forest Service Road 105) at junction with Park Creek Road (202.1) The closure applies to all motor vehicle traffic.

Author:
Status: Open
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The trail is in good shape. None of the water was more than a couple feet deep. 18 Chevy ZR2 on 33s.

Author:
Status: Open
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Ran both MSV and Coney Flats in our JLUR with 3" lift/35s and had a blast...one of the most fun and wettest trails we've ever done, and the views from Coney Flats around the main water crossing are breathtaking (as you'll see in the photos). Agree with the 5-5 (for MSV) and 6-6 (for Coney Flats) ratings....you'll be tired after this trail because it's near continual effort...but FUN effort! Took us about 4 hours (with brief lunch stop at CF's main water crossing. You'll get lots of water (many muddy) crossings depending on recent rains. One of them along MSV toward the western end was several inches deeper than the main CF crossing (which was ~ 2 ft). Overall, this combo of MSV and CF is now one of our favorites -- great shape, great fun, and absolutely beautiful!!

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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Report from the High Country page: Our group ran MSV and Coney Flats on July 12th. water crossing are not too deep and trail is in good shape. I am currently running a stock JLUR and was able to run the trail with no problem.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Gates are open for the season. Tread lightly.

Author:
Status: Seasonal Closure
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The crew that adopts this trail is going in on 6/23 to see if it can be opened. Suspected snow could delay opening.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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Gates are open for the season as of 6/26.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Seasonal Closure
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Trail is closed for the season

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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The Mountaineers, a 4x4 club from Fort Collins, embarked on a late fall season trip to Coney Flats and Middle St. Vrain. With winter weather setting in soon, there are not many more weekend opportunities for these twin trails. There was still considerable water present on the trail, however, despite the near 50 degree conditions, icy conditions seem to have moved in for the season. The aspen trees donning the trail are all past their peak color and most have lost their autumn golden glory. The local District Forest Ranger will close this trail for the season once inclement weather overtakes the foothills for the season.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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A stormy day on the trail. It rained on and off as we came off of here. We took Coney Flats to MSV and then out to 72. There was a lot of foot and vehicle traffic all day.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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This was the first official run with a group of contributors from TrailsOffroad.com! It was a great time finally meeting some local faces. Our group consisted of two Jeep Wranglers, a Jeep Cherokee, and Toyota Tacoma. We couldn't have asked for a more beautiful day to run the trail and we even got to enjoy seeing the colors of the trees changing for fall. We started our run on the connecting trail Middle St. Vrain. The trail did have a bit of traffic once we reached the first big obstacle on that trail, but we got through it easily and let the larger groups pass by ours. We finished up pretty quickly on Mount St. Vrain and continued onward to Coney Flats. The group maintained a good speed on the trail without much issue. Some of the obstacles had a little residual water and mud left around them which proved to be challenging for the more stock vehicles. Once we reached the Lake Crossing, we stopped for some lunch, and I pulled out my new DJI Phantom 3 Professional drone to get some cool shots of the area. Once finished we cruised out the remaining section of the trail at a good pace. It was a good day!

Author: Official Crew
Status: Not Reported
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As we update the trail we are moving this older video to a Trip Report.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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A group of us from trailsoffroad.com ran the Middle St. Vrain and Coney Flats off-road trails for a meet and greet event. We had four rigs which consisted of two Jeep Wrangler JK, a Jeep Cherokee XJ and a Toyota Tacoma 1st Gen. Coney Flats and Middle St. Vrain are Jim Dixon's trails to prepare the guide for, so the rest of us, Lauren Martin, Brad Martin, Scott Bram, and Myself all we had to do was have fun. Fun is what we had on this trail combination that offers forest scenery, mountain peaks, and, of course, some light rock crawling! Being so close to Denver and Boulder, Colorado, these trails are a must do for anyone and I run them at least a couple times a year. In addition to running the trail together to get to know one another, some of us had other motives. Lauren had just purchased the new DJI Phantom 3 Professional drone and wanted to experiment with it on this trip. The plan was to capture the vehicles crossing the major water crossing on top of Coney Flats with the Indian Peaks in the background using the drone. I ran this trail back in July as well, it seemed more dry than normal, and this time proved even drier. Even though the water wasn't as deep, it was a perfect location to set a drone up and film away! With almost no crowd, the day proved to be a very pleasant and relaxed on the trail. I always forget that there is a perfect lunch spot at the lake, and I really should have brought some food to grill or barbecue. There is enough space to park at least 15 vehicles at the lake, so if you are with a group, this is the place to stop. All the obstacles were dry and easily conquered, where sometimes they can be a bit slippery and tougher to do. Next trip back to these two trails I would like to camp along the St. Vrain Creek.

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Status: Open
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Great trail that connects to MSV it's a little more challenging but just as beautiful.

Questions & Answers (4)

Q: Hi J&J, I'm fairly familiar with this trail from mountain biking, but I also know very well that things behind the wheel can be quite different than from behind the bars. I'm a beginner and am not ready for the rock garden, but my recollection is that from Beaver Res. to the flats is not nearly as technical. (When the gate opens) what would you give the rating of that eastern section? Thanks!
–charlie wanek (09/22/2019)
–Jen & JD Marshall (09/23/2019)
Q: Hi J&J, i would ask you an opinion: do you think i can do this trail with a full stock ford f-150? Any suggestion or advice? Thanks in advance!
–Lorenzo Redaelli (04/01/2019)
–Jen & JD Marshall (04/02/2019)
Q: Not really a question. But this trail is closed as of a couple weeks ago.
–Jacob (12/03/2018)
–Jen & JD Marshall (12/03/2018)
Q: The info section lists the best direction to travel as West, every time I've ran Coney we came from MSV and traveled East, is that not the standard route?
–Jason Gillespie (08/10/2018)
–Jen & JD Marshall (08/10/2018)

Writer Information

Jen & JD Marshall

Mapping Crew - Colorado

Jen & JD moved to Colorado from Chicago in May of 2015 for work and brought with them a 2001 stock Jeep Wrangler that had been garage bound for two years. Within a month of arrival, all rusty 170,000 miles of it was shaking on Colorado trails and they've never stopped. As time as gone on, their 2001 TJ had to be traded and a 2015 Jeep JK has been added to the family. JD works as a Systems Engineer for a cable company and Jen runs a business from their home during the week to pay the bills. When the weekend hits, they're almost always hitting the trail. When Sunday night rolls around, the question turns to, 'so what's next week?!'.
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