Mount McConnell

Wellington, Colorado

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The McConnell Summit Trail is a short and scenic loop hike in the Cache La Poudre Wilderness,with great views of the Poudre Canyon, Poudre River, and surrounding mountain ranges. There is a four-dollar fee for day use; drinking water and restrooms are available at the trailhead.Although the parking lot is closed in winter, the lower elevation of the area makes hiking possible during most of the year. Caution should be used in winter months, however, as much of the trail is north facing and may have snow.Dogs on a leash are allowed. The Cache La Poudre Wilderness is a small wilderness area of 9,400 acres and is crossed by the Poudre River and the Little South Fork of the Poudre River.Mount McConnell and Bear Mountain are the only two named peaks in the wilderness area, according to the USGS map. There are only two maintained trails in the area: the McConnell Summit Trail, described here, and the Kreutzer Nature Trail. The Summit Trail loops off of the Kreutzer Trail.

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"The McConnell Summit Trail is a short and scenic loop hike in the Cache La Poudre Wilderness,with great views of the Poudre Canyon, Poudre River, and surrounding mountain ranges. There is a four-dollar fee for day use; drinking water and restrooms are available at the trailhead.Although the parking lot is closed in winter, the lower elevation of the area makes hiking possible during most of the year.

Caution should be used in winter months, however, as much of the trail is north facing and may have snow.Dogs on a leash are allowed. The Cache La Poudre Wilderness is a small wilderness area of 9,400 acres and is crossed by the Poudre River and the Little South Fork of the Poudre River.Mount McConnell and Bear Mountain are the only two named peaks in the wilderness area, according to the USGS map. There are only two maintained trails in the area: the McConnell Summit Trail, described here, and the Kreutzer Nature Trail. The Summit Trail loops off of the Kreutzer Trail."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Wellington
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 4 hours
Season: Best Spring through Fall
Local Contacts: Roosevelt National Forest
Local Maps: Trails Illustrated, Cache La Poudre/ Big Thompson, Number 100 USGS, Big Narrows, Roosevelt National Forest 7.5 minute
Driving Directions: Directions to Mount McConnell

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May 2018