Kreutzer Nature Trail, Roosevelt National Forest

Livermore, Colorado 80536

Kreutzer Nature Trail, Roosevelt National Forest

Kreutzer Nature Trail, Roosevelt National Forest Professional Guide

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"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."

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Best Hikes with Kids Colorado (The Mountaineers Books)
Maureen Keilty
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"Learn about the diverse forces that shape and lace the Poudre Canyon on the Kreutzer Nature Trail. Families with youngsters enjoy this interpreted loop trail’s gentle climb through a variety of forests. Those with eager and able hikers can continue on to ascend Mount McConnel, where views of the Mummy Range and Rocky Mountain National Park are superb. Plan to also walk the interpreted nature trail at Mountain Park where fishing access is provided. The Kreutzer Nature Trail, named after the first official forest ranger in the United States, William Kreutzer, starts at the parking area 0.2 mile past the park entrance. The hike begins in a lodgepole pine forest, leading 0.3 mile to the first of its twenty-two interpretive signs. The view here, of the Poudre River Canyon and the mountains beyond, makes this an ideal destination for beginning little hikers and their parents. As the trail maintains an easy grade, zigzagging up the river canyon, its interpretive signs allow for frequent and interesting breath-catching stops. Topics described at each sign range from lichen to mule deer, from forest management practices to the Poudre Canyon’s history." Read more

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
Roosevelt National Forest Canyon Lakes Ranger District, (970) 295-6700,
Local Contacts
USGS Poudre Park; Trails Illustrated map 101 (Cache La Poudre/Big Thompson)
Local Maps

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Dec 2018