Ascent of Mount McConnel on 2019-05-27

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Willie-Weimaraner Musser
Karen Musser
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, May 27, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount McConnel
    Elevation:8008 ft / 2440 m

Ascent Trip Report

Good parking area paved. Fee area. $6 to park. Along the Cache la Poudre River which is impressive in this area. Hiked up the standard well marked and well signed trail in the Arapaho National Forest up to the McConnel Mountain Trail which leads into Cache la Poudre Wilderness. The well maintained and easy to follow Mt McConnel trail is a class 1 all the way up to the summit where there is a brief scamper up some boulders class 2 and 2+ to the summit. There are some other nearby false summits you can scramble class 3 if you like and then take the trail around and to the back where it crosses another closed contour peak of similar elevation. As this loop trail heads East and then NE it becomes "primitive" and is signed accordingly. In most places it is very easy to follow but it does have a few places where it gets less obvious, but if you look downhill at each of those places you will always see where it picks back up and goes. At one point it heads fairly far East and level along a ledge to skirt around a steep cliff then has a nifty well cut trail that contours around the outcropping. Impressively cut into the side of the steep hillside. This "primitive" trail is also part of the Mt McConnel loop and is very scenic downclimb. Especially the views of the river below. It swings you back to the parking lot near the bridge.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1560 ft / 475 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1560 ft / 474 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.1 mi / 8.2 km
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
    Gear Used:
65F rain shower, drizzle, hail, and sunshine
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1365 ft / 416 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1350 ft / 411 m; Extra: 15 ft / 4m
    Loss on way in:15 ft / 4 m
    Distance:2.2 mi / 3.5 km
    Route:See GPS track
    Start Trailhead:Standard paved parking lot  6658 ft / 2029 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1545 ft / 470 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1350 ft / 411 m; Extra: 195 ft / 59m
    Gain on way out:195 ft / 59 m
    Distance:2.9 mi / 4.7 km
    Route:see GPS track
    End Trailhead:6658 ft / 2029 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by William Musser
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