Mount McConnel Trail

MODERATE 35 reviews
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Mount McConnel Trail is a 4.3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Fort Collins, Colorado that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1482 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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.

1 day ago

Great views of snow capped mountains from the top. Came down the primitive trail side. It's much steeper and in a couple of places had to stop and find the trail but not too bad. Worth it for a much different terrain.

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3 days ago

Going counter clockwise, a little tough to follow on the descent. Nothing too crazy. Nice views of the canyon.

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7 days ago

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21 days ago

Good hike. Two places to start, one is hard to miss and well signed. The other is just after the bridge on the left. I ended here, but it would've been easier to start here. This is the steepest part of the trail (and a bit overgrown), and I also prefer to go up really steep stuff than descend. Decent views from the top, most of upper section is burnt.

hiking
26 days ago

Only saw 9 people the whole hike, even on Memorial Day weekend. Beautiful views and great trail.
Forest Service volunteers warned us the end of the trail was "primitive" and they weren't joking. Nothing too tough, but (if you take the trail counter-clockwise) lots of descents over rocks on pretty steep face.
Overall great hike.

hiking
27 days ago

Pay attention to the map. A few sharp turns to stay on the specific portion of the trail you want, while going straight can send you off on other trails you don't want.

Overall a great hike. Moderate difficulty rating is appropriate, steeper in spots, but nothing really difficult.

1 month ago

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3 months ago

Awesome slightly challenging hike! We did the entire loop and on the way down from the top, the trail was much less taken care of than on the first half. A little hard to follow the trail due to rocks and fallen trees. Also pretty steep in some areas so I'm glad that was on the way down and not up! Pretty views up top but it was a super windy day up there.

3 months ago

4 months ago

It was nice, a lot of the area was burned from the fire but the views to the west were beautiful. It was 62 degrees out and my 11 year old lazy daughter was able to do this no problem.

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6 months ago

This was a fun trail - lots of good cardio (up up up!), but nothing too overwhelming.

Park at the Mountain Park Campground lot (or out on the road, if it's winter and closed, as was the case when we hiked it. There's plenty of space by the gate). Almost immediately after crossing the bridge, take the left fork and follow that up a short distance. The trailhead will be on your left, along with a nice map of the two loop options. We decided to take the shortest route (the Kreutzer nature trail to the Mount McConnel trail). According to the map it was about 4 miles and took us 2.5-3 hours with a nice stop at the top. There aren't too many trees up on the top, but the views are great!

7 months ago

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7 months ago

Good trail for those who want to have a moderate workout to get to some awesome views- arrived around 10AM and didn't encounter anyone on the way up, despite pausing to admire scenery and catch my breath a few times. Trail does get rocky in parts and has trees across the path as you near the top, but I found a great spot on some rocks at the top for lunch and didn't see anyone up there, either! Met four different couples on their way up when I was on my way down, and there were far more vehicles parked when my pup and I departed around 1. If you're looking for quiet time in the woods, go earlier in the day and you're unlikely to meet anyone at all! Would definitely recommend.

hiking
7 months ago

Very steep, rocky, loose gravel. Long switchbacks all the way up, turn right at the junction for easiest access to summit. Not sure exactly what is considered to be the summit, as there are lots of rock piles on top, all w different views. I chose to follow the trail to a tall pile with cairns. It's sandy at the top, trees falling over all along the trail. Top was extremely gusty, with some great views. Snow capped peaks!! Also, many portions of trail are eroding away and you will be on a slant on gravel with a 1400 foot drop. So be careful. Take your time. The trail is very narrow and although I have never encountered anyone else on it, I can't imagine trying to pass people in some spots.