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Hiking & Walking: Colorado > Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests > Canyon Lakes Ranger District

Quick Facts

Mt. Mcconnell Trail

Beginning Elevation: 6,720 Feet (2048 Meters) `
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain: 1,760 Feet (536 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 7,520 Feet (2292 Meters) Kreutzer Trail
High Point: 8,000 Feet (2493.8 Meters) Mt. McConnel
Length: 2.5 Miles (4.0 Kilometers) Mt. McConnell
Length, One-way: 2 Miles (3.33 Kilometers) Kreutzer
Recommended Season: Spring to Fall
Trail Number: 936
Usage: Heavy
USGS Maps: Big Narrows

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General Description

The trailhead for these trails is at the Mountain Park Campground.

Kreutzer Trail:
The Kreutzer Trail is a signed interpretive nature trial and offers an enjoyable hike for the young and old. No drinking water is available. It is part of the National Recreation Trail system.

Mt McConnel:
The Mt McConnel Trail begins at the high point of the Kreutzer Trail. The Mummy Range is viewed from the summit of Mt. McConnel. The descending loops are steep and rocky. Take drinking water.

Directions from Fort Collins: Travel west up Poudre Canyon on Hwy 14 approximately 26 miles. Turn south into the Mountain Park Campground onto the paved road. Southeast of the road you will find the Kreutzer Nature Trail #936. At the high point of the Kreutzer trail is the Mt. McConnel trailhead.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: Spring through Fall .

Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: Amy Sullivan (Fort Collins, CO)
Time of Day: started @ 2:15
Length of Time: 2.5 hrs - not sure which trail I took either.
Difficulty: Moderate
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Went for a few hours on the Mt McConnell trail, did not see a single person out. Gates were closed so I parked on the road and hiked into the area.
Conditions: There was about 1-4 inches of snow, depending on where you were on the trail. It was sunny, but in the afternoon the trail is on the opposite side of the slope from the sun - gets breezy.
Water Availability: I had 2.5L of water with me, as well as some iodine - I didn't run out and didnt find a place to use the iodine besides the Cache La Poudre River.
Recommended Clothing: I wore gaiters, long underwear and a synthetic down vest, along with hat and gloves. It was cold and the sun was not available to a lot of the trail.
Suggested Accessories: Hiking poles were the most important thing I brought with me today, I also did have my headlamp in case I got back later than expected - but it wasnt needed.

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Hiking & Walking
ICON Viewing Interpretive Signs Kreutzer Trail

Related Activities
Kelly Flats Campground - Kelly Flats Campground sits adjacent to the Poudre River. It is located 35 miles west of Fort Collins at an elevation of 6750 feet.

Mountain Park Campground - Mountain Park Campground sits adjacent to the Poudre River. It is located 33 miles west of Fort Collins at an elevation of 6,650 feet.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Fort Collins Convention and Visitors Bureau, 420 South Howes, Suite 101 , Fort Collins, CO, 80522, Phone: 800-274-FORT, Fax: 970-493-8061, www.ci.fort-collins.co.us


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