Mount McConnel Trail

MODERATE 42 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.

hiking
5 days ago

Great hike! More on the technical side if you make the complete loop.

11 days ago

Great trail

hiking
1 month ago

I'm Fairly new to hiking scene. I went yesterday 7/16/17, I went clockwise up. Having to navigate boulders going up totally burnt me out, so if endurance is an issue I'd suggest doing an out and back going counter clockwise.

Views going up are good, but towards top everything is burned and smells like it, views are obscured by haze. Descent is slippery with loose rock, but otherwise uneventful.

Began hike around 1230 finished at 430p. Wear hat no coverage and bring plenty of water very hot and dry. Best part of hike was cooling off in river afterwards.

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

Very little tree coverage so be sure to start early and use sunscreen. The view from the top is amazing but the trail is not enjoyable. It feels much longer than 4-5 miles and the whole section leading to the summit (clockwise) is covered in burned trees. Instead of doing the loop, I would recommend just doing an out and back to the summit (counterclockwise). $6 to park at the trailhead, cash only.

1 month ago

The best part of this hike is the spur to the summit. As another reviewer noted, after a moderately difficult Boulder scramble to the summit you are treated to a gorgeous view of Rocky Mountain National Park's snow capped mountains. Definitely worth it if only for that panoramic view.

hiking
1 month ago

1 month 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.

hiking
1 month ago

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

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2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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.

3 months ago