Mount McConnel Trail

MODERATE 24 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.

10 days ago

hiking
2 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.

2 months ago

3 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.

hiking
5 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!

5 months ago

hiking
6 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
6 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.

hiking
7 months ago

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.

8 months ago

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Saturday, May 21, 2016

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!

hiking
Friday, March 11, 2016

the directions take you out to nowhere.... there was no trail head to be found.

hiking
Saturday, February 27, 2016

Awesome views at the summit if you rock scramble to a high point to get a clear view. Trail is very steep and narrow in parts. If there is packed snow on the trail, hope you are sure footed as it becomes very slick as well. About a mile in, the trail splits and it's very easy to miss the sign indicating this. About 4 miles RT, with approximately 1,400 ft gain mostly via switchbacks. Trail head, located in Mountain Park, has this rated as "strenuous," though I'd say it's more moderate.

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Saturday, October 17, 2015

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Good views at the top but I would take the same trail down as you take up. The loop goes to a "primitive" trail if you loop it from the top of mountain and it is hard to find and very sketchy. There is no water so make sure you bring plenty because there is not much cover. The views up are really pretty over wildflower fields.