Mount McConnel Trail

MODERATE 51 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 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
4.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1364 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

camping

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
18 days ago

Trail was dry and mostly easily followed. Definitely recommend doing this one counter-clockwise (starting at the higher point up the trail). Doing the “primitive trail” at the end is definitely easier than trying to hunt down the trail at the beginning.

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18 days ago

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1 month ago

Some great views and a nice workout. All the campgrounds are closed this time of year, so parking by the gates can get filled on a nice day. The trail is not well marked once you get in a ways, so you do have to look a little at places.

hiking
2 months ago

2 months ago

This hike was amazing! Our first hike since moving to Fort Collins and it didn't disappoint. Not too difficult going up, a little bit harder going down the primitive trail, but nothing extreme. We went in the mid afternoon, beautiful time of day. Highly recommend this trail!

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

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

4 months ago

Great trail

hiking
4 months 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
4 months ago

5 months 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.

5 months 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
5 months ago

5 months 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
5 months ago

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

5 months ago

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5 months ago