Kreutzer Nature Trail, Roosevelt National Forest Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"Just 45 minutes from Fort Collins, the trails on Mount McConnel provide more of an alpine feel than most hikes this close to the foothills. Start near the Poudre River in the popular Mountain Park campground and hike partway up Mount McConnel, where you can enjoy a forested hike with views.
As you drive into Mountain Park, cross a wooden vehicle bridge (the trail where you will exit is just to the left on the other side of the bridge) and take a right, entering the day- use area—that is, unless you are camping at the popular Mountain Park campground. Begin at the well-marked trailhead and walk downstream back to the entrance road and cross the road before ascending in earnest. This section of trail is littered with pasqueflower in early spring. Interpretive signs explain much of what you should expect to see on this trail. For starters, at a higher elevation you’ll see some aspen trees out of the gate, plus ponderosa pines and Douglas firs. Chipmunks and Albert’s squirrels are common here, as are many chatty birds like Steller’s jays, mountain chickadees, and woodpeckers. Look for mule deer as well."