Mount McConnel Trails System

The only system trail in the Cache la Poudre Wilderness, the summit of Mt. McConnel provides views of the canyon carved by the South Fork of the Cache la Poudre River and further south to the Mummy Range

photo: Mount McConnell. Photo by KimonBerlin wiki.

Length: 4.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Backcountry
Allowed Uses: Dogs - On leash
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Agency: USDA Forest Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Location: In the Poudre Canyon approximately 33 miles west of Fort Collins, CO on CO highway 14
State(s): Colorado
Counties: Larimer
Longitude: -105.46214
Latitude:

Driving Directions

Located at Mountain Park campground. Travel from Fort Colins north up US 287 to junction with Colorado 14. Then go west up Poudre Canyon on Colorado 14 for 23.5 mi. Turn into campground onto paved road. Within the campground you will find a small parking area. You start on Kreutzer Nature Trail 936# as Mt. McConnel is a loop off of the Kreutzer Nature Trail.

Description

With a starting elevation of 6,646 ft at the trailhead and climbing to 7,980 ft, Mt. MConnel is approximately 2.3 miles to the summit. The Mt. McConnel Trail is mainly in wilderness, and is the upper loop off of the Kreutzer Nature Trail. The eastern portion of Mt. McConnel is much more of a primitive trail, and can be difficult, care should be exercised.

Additional Details

Width: 18 inches.
Primary Surface: Gravel
Secondary Surface: Gravel

Average Grade: 10%
Maximum Grade: 15%
Elevation Low Point: 6,646
Elevation High Point: 7,980
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:
1981

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail Management:
Kevin Cannon
Acting Recreation Planner
US Forest Service
1311 South College
Fort Collins , CO 80524
(970) 498-2719
kcannon@fs.fed.us
http://www.fs.fed.us/arnf

 

Photos

Mount McConnell. Photo by KimonBerlin wiki.

Mount McConnell. Photo by KimonBerlin wiki.

Burn Zone towards Comanche Creek. Photo by KimonBerlin wiki.

Burn Zone towards Comanche Creek. Photo by KimonBerlin wiki.

 

On Mount McConnell Trail. Photo by KimonBerlin wiki.

On Mount McConnell Trail. Photo by KimonBerlin wiki.

High Park Fire Burn Area. Photo by KimonBerlin wiki.

High Park Fire Burn Area. Photo by KimonBerlin wiki.

 

Mount McConnell. Photo by KimonBerlin wiki.

Mount McConnell. Photo by KimonBerlin wiki.

Mount McConnell. Photo by KimonBerlin wiki.

Mount McConnell. Photo by KimonBerlin wiki.

 

Poudre Canyon. Photo by KimonBerlin wiki.

Poudre Canyon. Photo by KimonBerlin wiki.

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