Mount McConnel Trail is a 5.2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Fort Collins, Colorado that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 5.2 miles Elevation Gain: 1,391 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

Please note: As of May 26, 2020, users have reported that gate is closed to the lot. You can find parking along hwy 14 by the gate. 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. Please note that the gate leading to the trailhead is subject to closures and you may need to walk in to start the hike. 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.

hiking
rocky
4 days ago

Got there at about 8:30 this morning. A little later than I had hoped, but it was still quiet. Only two other cars and a handful of people ahead of me. I went with the intentions of trail running as much as possible, and like the review prior to mine said, the west side of the loop was much better such activity, whereas the east side of the trail was not ideal for “trail running”. Walked most of it. Still lovely. Great views! By the time I got back to my car there were a few more cars parked. Had to park along hwy 14 by the gate. Gate was closed to the lot. I’d come back to do it again, maybe go the opposite way- I feel it may be easier to go up the steeper side than down it.

running
rocky
5 days ago

The west side of the loop makes for a great trail running workout. The east side - not so much. The east side is much more primitive with a less defined trail, steeper sections, and plenty of downed trees. I ended up walking a lot of the east side. Still a great loop! Walk around campground gate closure to get to the start of the hike.

hiking
5 days ago

This is a fun one with decent elevation gain. Great views from Mount McConnell peak.

hiking
rocky
13 days ago

Fun hike with some challenging parts. Go early to get a parking spot, gate was closed so you have to walk in to where the trail starts. Gorgeous views, saw a few wild turkey and deer along the way too.

hiking
20 days ago

Beautiful, but no a lot of shade. Go early

hiking
20 days ago

Great hike! Not many people, especially in comparison to Greyrock. No official parking is open, because it's a camping area.

hiking
21 days ago

Enjoyed this trail. Great if you’re looking for a shorter moderate day hike

hiking
26 days ago

I’ve done this trail a few times and 5/3 was the first time I did the loop clockwise. It was much more strenuous but an all-around better hike. The gradual slope down on the east side of the mountain is easier on your knees than the steep and primitive trail on the west wide. Watch out for ticks and snakes and bring plenty of sunscreen. The burnt forest provides no shade.

hiking
28 days ago

Great hike. Great views at the top... do the loop so you can get both sides of the mountain. There are some steep descent’s if you go back the long way. Be careful of the ticks I got a few Great views of Grey Mountain and Mummy Range from top.

hiking
bugs
rocky
30 days ago

a great hike, not too long. it was steep at several parts and trees are down, it made it more exciting. watch out for ticks, I found 3 on me.

Fun little loop. I liked that there were some educational placards alongside the trail, I'm a sucker for that kind of stuff. The juxtaposition between the burned remains of trees left from the 2012 High Park Fire and the new growth, including early wildflowers this time of year, was enjoyable and unique. I found the views to be varied and pleasant. Only one other group was out hiking the trail on a Tuesday afternoon.

hiking
1 month ago

The trail itself was very well made. A Great balance of flat and steep/challenging areas. I was mostly very disappointed by the summit. I thought the best views came a few miles before the summit. It’s a perfect length to get a workout and feel accomplished.

hiking
1 month ago

4/25/2020 Beautiful views of the mountains around the trail. 95% of the trees are burned, logs fallen across the trails and some snow left at the top. Going down was way harder than going up, glad I had the map downloaded cause the trail gets kind of hard to follow. Beautiful views at the top so all in all glad I did it!

hiking
1 month ago

Went 2 days ago and the trail was still snowed over in some parts. I recommend hiking poles or sticks. The trail on either side of the top isn’t super well marked but the way makes sense. The trailhead sign quoted 4-6 hours in total for the whole loop, but it took me 2.5.

1 month ago

The trail was lovely and mostly ice/snow free. some slick spots but we got by without microspikes. would definitely be advised after recent snow.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail! Pretty views of the mountains and not difficult but very enjoyable. There is some snow in some spots of the trail but for the most part it was melted but not muddy.

hiking
1 month ago

Pretty view at the top. I would recommend spikes at this time. As a heads up, if you go left going up or right going down to make a loop trip, this is labeled as a “primitive trail” and is pretty rocky and steep. Just go carefully!

hiking
snow
1 month ago

Fun short hike, about 6.5mile loop trail. We went up past the bridge up towards the campsite you turn left at the sign with the map of the trail. As you continue up, there are patches of lots of snow and also turn right when you have the option. Once at the top, there is trail that loops you back and brings you to the river where you started. I recommend going up and down this way because its more snowy on the way up!

hiking
snow
1 month ago

If you you’re hiking in the counterclockwise direction the ascent is steeper and a little more snowy. The descent is less steep but there are stretches with snow where you couldn’t see the trail so be careful!

hiking
icy
snow
2 months ago

hiking
rocky
snow
3 months ago

Definitely icy and snowy in patches but bare ground at the top and on the south facing parts. Was easy to follow the trail for the most part due to packed down snow and footprints. Definitely wear spikes as it is slippery in sections. The way down was particularly difficult as the trail is narrow and the snow was getting soft. The view is beautiful and we did not see anyone else on the trail which was great.

hiking
icy
snow
3 months ago

Trail is icy and snowy almost the entire way, but is definitely passable with microspikes. Trail is almost completely unfindable at the top but it's easy enough to figure it out. good hike.

hiking
snow
4 months ago

Snowy. North Facing. Little sun in winter.

hiking
no shade
over grown
rocky
scramble
8 months ago

The campground closed this weekend so you will need to plan on parking along the road. the first part of this trail to the summit had a steep incline and lots of switchbacks. there are a few spots where trees are down and totally blocking the trail. you will need to go around, over or under. there is no shade. none. plan on lots of water. its hot! there was lots of beautiful yellow from some Bush growth though. the primitive trail is difficult. it is very rocky and steep. there is only one section that its s little tricky to see where the trail went. the trail is narrow with lots of drop offs. i am a pretty avid hiker. I would not recommend the primitive trail for someone who considers themself a beginner just go down the way you came up. went on 9/25/19 weds at 10 am. ran into one other group of hikers while out and no other dogs. some great shallow spots along the river at the bottom to let the dogs swim and play in. this is not my most favorite trail but it's a good cardio workout for sure. and lack of other dogs on the trail is nice.

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