Mount McConnel Trail is a 4.2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Bellvue, Colorado that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length4.2 miElevation gain1,404 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashCampingHikingNature tripsBird watchingForestRiverViewswild-flowersWildlifeRockyScramble
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FIRE CLOSURE: As of January 2021, there are closures in this park or area due to wildfire. For more information, please visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/arp/alerts-notices. 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 the McConnel trail, you have glimpses of the surrounding mountain ranges and views into Rocky Mountain National Park. 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. Users have recommended going clockwise when there is snow and ice because the area up to and including the frozen-over creek fork is difficult if you're descending.

Canyon Lakes Ranger District, Arapaho & Roosevelt National Forests 2150 Centre Ave., Bldg. E, Fort Collins, CO 80526 www.fs.usda.gov/goto/arp/clrdrecreation (970) 295-6700

Travel 11 miles northwest of Fort Collins on U.S. HWY 287 to Colorado HWY 14. Turn left on CO 14 and travel 24 miles. Turn left and cross the bridge into Mountain Park Campground, the trailhead is to the right after the bridge near the end of the day use area.

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Wolfgang Bangerth
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HikingIcySnow

Nice trail, but with snow hard to find as there were no previous tracks on the (clockwise) first half all the way to the top -- bring a GPS-device to know where you are. Microspikes were a must today. There is plenty of steep snowy/icy stuff on the trail.

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Leighton Macalister
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Cody Elder
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Eric Butler
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Trail is essentially clear today. No other people. I went counterclockwise, which was fine, but it's a steep descent.

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Chip Douglas
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Started 10:45a on Sunday January 31st 2021. Good workout up, and I second the recommendation to go CLOCKWISE of snow/ice expected (hang left right after bridge) because the frozen-over creek fork is pretty dicey and so is the stuff right before it if you’re descending. Not many people on this “heavily trafficked” trail, I suppose due to weather. Not much of a view at the top either, considering how beautiful the Rockies are elsewhere. Also, more like 2k feet of climb from gate to summit; no idea why it’s currently listed at around 1.3k. If ascending clockwise, expect to navigate a carved out path on a steep-ish talus slope.

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Matt Bigler
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Morgan Gleasman
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We went counterclockwise in fresh snow. I’d recommend going clockwise in the snow/slippery conditions (but wouldn’t think it would matter much in normal conditions). The way up was fine but the way down was tough since we didn’t have tracks to follow, there were more rocks and bigger steps and loose things sliding that we couldn’t see. It was a good hike, pretty views but obviously a lot of burned areas.

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Chinah Ridgway
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Kerry McCollum
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Christian Stafford
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Jefferey Miller
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Rebecca Groh
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There’s a lot of burned areas, so it’s very sunny on the way up. Don’t do this hike backwards. At the top, there’s a clear view of the Mummy Range, which is awesome. If you take the loop rather than going out and back, be aware that the way down us REALLY steep in places. At the point you get to the “primitive trail” sign, you’ll continue up and to the right rather than down the rock scramble area to get back. The signage isn’t very good there. Overall, this was an enjoyable hike and we’re glad we did it.

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Maren Elnes
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Pretty steady incline the whole way which makes it a great workout. Unfortunately the beetle-kill is really bad so it’s not the prettiest trail. I would recommend going on a cool day or early morning to beat the heat since this trails offers little to no shade the whole way up. Anyway there are better trails in Poudre Canyon close by

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Kyle Hancock
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HikingRockyScramble

Fun trail! Would suggest ending with the primitive part of the trail rather than starting with it. There’s a great place to picnic by the water at the end.

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Shawn McCandless
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The way up (we went counter-clockwise) was great — good trail conditions, nice views, no issues. The way down is a primitive trail. About half the way down is quite steep and very rocky. You don’t see the sign for “Primitive Trail — use caution” until you’re at the bottom.

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Cindy Tse
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Kim Fowler
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Beautiful trail! We started up the West side of the loop. Steep, gradual, well marked. The east side headed down was challenging due to a brief rain shower making rocks slippery-trail not as well defined. The views were amazing and worth the climb. Beautiful wildflowers and views all along the trail. Sky provided an extra symphony to the event! Highly recommend

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Bryan McIntosh
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HikingRockyScramble

Great hike. Trail entrance is off of route 14 and base of the camp ground can be a little confusing. East side of trail is really technical at times and sometimes a scramble to find the trail. The western side of the trail is filled with great views worth the summit. Overall was 4.6 miles for the entire loop.

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Cydney Evert
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Elizabeth Sandstrum
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HikingFeeNo shadeRockyScramble

hiked up the east side of the loop, some shade in the beginning but lost it until the last mile. east side is a bit of a scramble and in some places we had to look around for the trail. west side of trail is much easier and clearly marked. parking was good, only 2 other cars at 8am on a Sunday.

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