Mt McConnel

Ann on Mt McConnelBack in Fort Collins, we shake off the holiday sloth and torpor for an outing to Mount McConnel. It’s one of those hikes that always makes you work a little harder than you expect. The summit is cold but bathed in a golden afternoon light today.

Finding a spot to pitch a tent for the night isn’t so easy in the Poudre Canyon in the winter. The many state campgrounds along the river are closed and gated. A few small forest roads are invariably signed, NO CAMPING. We feel fortunate to find some primitive sites a little way up the Pingree Park road. Despite being joined by some late-night revelers nearby, we spend a pleasant and not-too-cold night out under a young moon.

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