Mount McConnel Trail

moderate 148 reviews
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Mount McConnel Trail is a 5.2 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: 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

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
icy
snow
20 days 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
1 month ago

Snowy. North Facing. Little sun in winter.

hiking
no shade
over grown
rocky
scramble
4 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.

hiking
no shade
rocky
5 months ago

Hot when I went. Stuck to earlier in the day. Pretty views.

hiking
5 months ago

Quiet trail - started at 9am and only saw a few people (just at the start, summit, and end, so didn’t actually run into anyone while actively hiking). Did this counterclockwise as many reviews suggested - think I would have much preferred going clockwise in order to have an easier and less technical descent. Despite being steep and at times slippery with loose sandlike rock, the primitive trail was not as bad as I expected, and at no time did I have trouble locating the trail.

hiking
rocky
scramble
6 months ago

Fantastic views - a bit of a contraindication with the burnt trees and the plethora of wildflowers/new growth everywhere you look. Trail was actually 4.2 miles for us and took about 3 hours (including 30 mins for breaks). Saw 2 people for the whole summit hike - we went counterclockwise and it was steep going up but not on any ridges, however going down was some scrambling and narrow ledges with steep drop offs. I can see how this trail could get rough with any change in weather, but we had no problems! Would definitely recommend this trail.

hiking
6 months ago

Good trail. Would suggest to do it early in morning. We did it mid day and there is a lot of exposure. Beautiful views!

hiking
6 months ago

A pretty tough trail with the rocks and sun exposure. Good views of the burn area from the top, and wonderful wildflowers all along the trail. Doing the trail counter clockwise is a must

hiking
6 months ago

Good work out and great views of Mummy Range from summit. A lot of dead timber from wild fire and plenty of sun exposure. One direction is much more difficult than other.

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful!! Amazing views! Will work your booty but is totally worth it!

hiking
7 months ago

educational and lots of wildflowers!

hiking
7 months ago

Trail is easy to the summit but if you continue on the loop it becomes a little tight and very steep in spots. Difficult trail in places and I had to let my dog off leash so she could navigate the rocky spots herself. I will admit the trail disappears and feels like you are off the path but we made it back without incident. I would not recommend the whole loop in bad weather or if it’s hot. Best part about the hike was no one was out there but us.

hiking
7 months ago

We hiked this trail on the 4th of July and didn’t see one other person! The incline is fairly steep but doable. Trail goes in and out of sun and shade. Mostly burned area as you get higher up, but there are beautiful wild flowers and a nice stream. Picnic tables by the river are perfect for a snack and a beer when done! Parking is $6 for day use.

hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
7 months ago

Had a very nice hike on an overcast/slightly rainy evening. Soooo many flowers. Everything very green, saw some deer and chipmunks but little other wildlife. Counterclockwise seemed to be easier, if you prefer to scramble up rocks then id go clockwise and start down by the bridge. My gps had the loop plus summit at 4.6 mi. On a more clear day id imagine the views of RMNP would be well worth it.

hiking
rocky
8 months ago

Primitive trail will kick your butt, at times it was hit or miss, like am I about to die. Overall beautiful and sad to see all the damage from the fire. Also great to see all the new plants growing. I would definitely do it again but turn around after the summit.

hiking
8 months ago

Trail is up and down, many tricky places and steep areas throughout- I’m not loving the exposure on this trail - many heart-pounding moments! Pretty views of RMNP Mummy range and you can see the scope of the 2012 fire damage - pretty wild flowers and not many people. Just watch you footing and watch for ticks too!

hiking
8 months ago

Fire damage deviated much of the forest. Vistas are beautiful.

hiking
9 months ago

We really enjoyed this hike, it was 60’s and overcast, it would be awful in the heat though, not much shade. Lots of fun outcroppings of rocks at the top, our 15 year old had a blast! I would recommend finishing with the primitive trail, it would be awful going up, was tricky in places coming down. Lots of wild flowers.

9 months ago

some decent views of the mountains to the west. The left side of the trail is considered a primitive trail.

hiking
rocky
scramble
9 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

Did the loop counter-clockwise - the return trail is steep and rocky, but I'd rather watch my footing heading down than struggle up a sketchy incline (might have felt differently if there was ice or snow, but on 5/4 the trail was completely dry). The views are OK, but most of the upper trail is burned trees and rock, so it wasn't what I'd call a beautiful hike. Still, had the trail to ourselves. Took about two hours going up (with frequent breaks) and a little less than two coming down.

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