Kreutzer Nature Trail

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Mount McConnel Trail (#992) -Kreutzer Nature Trail (936)

These trails are still subject to intense flash flooding. Avoid these trails if rain is in the forecast and if caught on the trail in rain, head to higher ground.

The trail leaves the Mountain Park Day Use Area for loop hikes on the Kreutzer Nature Trail (#936) and Mt. McConnel Trail (#992). The trailhead bulletin board has a map showing where to find the trails. One end of the trail is located on the left immediately after crossing the bridge. Most hikers begin at the trailhead, circle to the south and east, then exit near the bridge. At one mile, the Mt. McConnel Trail branches to the right and ascends to the summit, while the shorter Kreutzer Nature Trail continues its loop to the east. Upon reaching the summit, you will find the east leg of the Mt. McConnel loop is steep, rocky and difficult to navigate. Mount McConnel trailhead accommodates approximately approximately 5 vehicles.

Usage: Light
Restrictions: General Wilderness Regulations: Dogs must be on a hand held leash. No motorized or mechanized equipment. Camps, campfires, and stock, where allowed, at least 200 feet from water and trails. Group size limited to 12 people. Trail Regulations: Livestock is prohibited
Closest Towns: Fort Collins
Water: None
Restroom: Practice Leave No Trace principles.

Directions: Travel 11 miles northwest of Fort Collins on U.S Highway 287 to Colorado Highway 14. Turn left on CO 14 and travel 24 miles. Turn left and cross the bridge into Mountain Park Campground, the trailhead is to the right after the bridge near the end of the day use area.

Area/Length :
2.7 mile loop (#992)2.1 mile loop (#936)

Day Hiking

Mount McConnel trailhead accommodates approximately 5 vehicles.

Fire Information  Check for any seasonal fire restrictions before your hike. This trail is within the Cache la Poudre Wilderness Area, where campfires must be at least 200 feet from water and trails. You may collect dead and down wood; do not break branches from standing trees for firewood. Please attend to campfires at all times. Touch any remaining coals with the bare hand to insure campfire is cold and dead out. Remember, if it is too hot to touch, it is too hot to leave!
Difficulty Level: Most Difficult

Cache la Poudre

One-way Length:
Trail #992 (2.7 loop miles)
Trail #936 (2.1 loop miles)

Beginning Elevation:
6,680 feet

Difficulty Rating:

Trail #992 moderate
Trail #936 heavy

Quadrangle Map: Big Narrows Peak

Trail #992 (7,960 feet)
Trail #936 (7,200 feet)


  • Trail Measurement: 2.1 Mile Loop
  • Compass Latitude: 404042N
  • Compass Longitude: 1052744W
  • Numeric Latitude: 40.6783147
  • Numeric Longitude: -105.4622144
  • Elevation in Meters: 2,036 to 2,194
  • Elevation in Feet: 6,680 to 7,200

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  • Trail Measurement
    2.1 Mile Loop
  • Compass Latitude
  • Compass Longitude
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  • Numeric Longitude
  • Elevation in Feet
    6,680 to 7,200
  • Elevation in Meters
    2,036 to 2,194
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