Mount McConnel Trail is a 4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Fort Collins, CO that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
To access Mount McConnel Trail (#992) you must choose from either starting points found at the Mountain Park Campground and then hike segments of the Kreutzer Natural Trail (#936). From McConnel trail you have glimpses of the surrounding mountain ranges and views into Rocky Mountain National Park. This trail offers challenging elevation gains at points, a few exposed sections as well as hiking under cover of larger pine woods. However, large sections of the forest have beetle kill as well as damage from forest fires. If you do not have four wheel drive to access the nearby Mummy Peak trails then Mount McConnel and Kreutzer Nature trails provide easy access from Colorado HWY 14.
the trailhead is tricky to find. it is in mountain park. a dusty, exposed hike that's a relentless uphill climb. Some pretty views. Some spots where the trail is eroding slightly and gravelly/steep drop off to the bottom of the canyon so be careful. Saw signs of wildlife. Made it to right below the summit, then stopped as I figured the views where I was at were fine. The burned forest made it unique.
moderate - steep incline. Made it to the summit, hoping to do the full loop however past that point it's all burned from the forest fire. Therefore we turned back and did the nature trail loop. View from the summit is worth it!
the directions take you out to nowhere.... there was no trail head to be found.