Hike the Mt. McConnel Summit Trail

Hike the Mt. McConnel Summit Trail

Rate this Adventure Cache La Poudre Wilderness

Distance

4.8 Miles

Elevation Gain

1334 Feet

Activities

Camping, Photography, Backpacking, Hiking

Skill

Beginner

Season

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Type

Loop

Added by

Isabelle Kunz

Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Groups
Picnic Area
River
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

This is a lesser known trail that provides wonderful views above the Cache La Poudre River.

This 4.8 mile round trip hike gains 1300 feet of elevation before reaching the Mt.McConnel summit. The primitive trail is rated as difficult and has an ascent of many switchbacks, leading up to a wild flower covered summit. The trail winds along the ridge line around 8,000 feet, offering panoramic views of the entire canyon. The route down from the summit is where things get a bit more intense...watch for trail markers as the trail gets rocky in areas and you can lose the path quite easily at the top. Lower on the descent there are a few narrow spots with steep sides, so watch your step! Overall, this is a great trail that does not see much traffic and provides a great workout and lovely views in a relatively short hike. Dogs are welcome on this trail as well! 

The trailhead itself shares a parking lot with the Mountain Park Campground, which is right on the river and beautifully maintained. Additionally, the less strenuous lower Kreutzer  Loop trail can be accessed from the same trailhead. 

Community Photos

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations.

Reviews

Leave a Review

Overall rating:  Rate this Adventure

Have you done this adventure? Leave a review!

Distance

4.8 Miles

Elevation Gain

1334 Feet

Activities

Camping, Photography, Backpacking, Hiking

Skill

Beginner

Season

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Type

Loop

Added by

Isabelle Kunz

Nearby Adventures

Adventure

Hike the Black Powder Trail

Adventure

Climb Greyrock Mountain

Adventure

Trail Run the Hewlett Gulch Trail

Adventure

Hike the Bellvue Dome

More Nearby Adventures

Tours

More Tours

Related Stories

destinations

A Magical Yosemite Valley Winter Storm

A Yosemite Winter Wonderland

gear

La Sportiva Women's Skwama Climbing Shoe Review

Super sticky, super responsive, and just as badass as the men’s version of the shoe.

travel

A Few Days in Rossland, BC - A Must-Stop on the Powder Highway

If this town of less than 4,000 friendly folks doesn’t charm your socks off, the terrain at RED M...

destinations

WATCH: A Way of Life Under Attack - 'Welcome to Gwichyaa Zhee'

All over this country, indigenous people are literally just fighting for their identity.

More Stories