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charles97Route Climbed: From Wetterhorn Date Climbed: September 9, 2004  Sucess!


Double bagging of Wetterhorn and Uncompahgre. Weather was getting questionable when I got to Uncompahgre, but decided to tough it out. Made a mad dash coming down and literally ran down the whole way.
Posted Jan 28, 2005 2:12 pm

Larry VRoute Climbed: Nellie Creek Trailhead Date Climbed: July 1996  Sucess!

Larry V

Fun climb with Aaron and Alan. The summit view was just unbelievable. Highly recommended!
Posted Jan 19, 2005 11:37 pm

phillinleyRoute Climbed: nellie creek Date Climbed: September 16, 2004  Sucess!


This was my first time taking a 4x4 trail up with a jeep. Wow, not an experience I'd like to repeat again. The climb was nice. We started late and summited at sunset which offered some great views. Descent to the trailhead gave us an awesome amphitheatre of stars that I wish my camera could capture.
Posted Sep 24, 2004 12:52 am

lmillerRoute Climbed: Nellie Creek Date Climbed: August 13, 2004  Sucess!
Started at the bottom of the road since our vehicle could not make it up the rough road. This made it a long hike, 15 miles, 5000 feet elevation gain. Weather was perfect with no threatening storms. Left at 6:45 AM, returned by 3 PM. Hike up the road had a couple of slightly difficult water crossings. We took our shoes off for one of them and used a good log for the other one. Trail is good except for one difficult patch around 13800 feet. If you look carefully for the cairned route, it is not too bad, though it is rocky and steep there. On the summit met a friendly chipmunk who tried to hop into my backpack. Nice day, great hike!
Posted Aug 20, 2004 11:41 am

JessicahikerRoute Climbed: Nellie creek Date Climbed: August 17 2004


Wow! What an experience. The 4WD road to the trailhead is harrowing to say the least. Road was blocked by vehicle with blown tire. We sneaked by. Larger SUV's had to wait an hour; so we were told by several other hikers. The trail is spectacular. Very pretty scenery. Had a difficult time from the south ridge to13,500. Even more difficult hiking up the wall to get to 13,900. Began to popcorn snow at 14,000 feet.Storms building to the west. Had to descend. Hikers at the summit made their way down also. Sleeting at 13,500 feet on our descent. Great experience for a novice hiker like me.
Posted Aug 19, 2004 10:58 am

jrfRoute Climbed: Nellie Creek Date Climbed: July 7, 2004  Sucess!


Drove almost to the 4wd trailhead and camped for the night. Hiked up in the morning in beautiful and reached the summit in about 2 hours and 45 minutes. Easy climb on good trail for 95% of the way and the other 5% is easy as well. I had the summit to myself the whole time and didn't meet anyone else until I got down to about 13,000 feet.

I would definitely do this again. Awesome views and an awesome mountain.
Posted Aug 17, 2004 10:47 am

SaintgrizzlyRoute Climbed: Standard--Nellie Creek Date Climbed: 198?, 199?  Sucess!


I've done this mountain twice, both times with Aaron, the first climb I don't remember who else was along, but the second time was with Rosa and Shirley. To me, Uncompahgre is a perfect example of the reason we climb non-difficult/technical mountains. The area is beautiful, the climb is nice, the view from on top is wonderful--it's an incomparably better place to be than our day jobs! This mountain--at least the standard route--doesn't have the interest, thrill, or technical challenge provided by peaks where just "making it" is an accomplishment, but what a wonderful way to spend a day!

First climb was memorable (and after actually being able to look down the precipitous north face on the second ascent, perhaps a bit more dangerous than we realized at the time) because much of the mountain's upper reaches were in the clouds, with limited visibility, wind, and snow. The only way we knew we'd finally made it was when there was no more "up!"

Posted Aug 10, 2004 2:55 pm

jvossRoute Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: July 8, 2004  Sucess!


Summited by 9:30am and the weather was so nice we stayed for an hour. Scramble at the end was fun, but there is a more stable route up the rock if you stay to the right. The trail was fantastic.
Posted Jul 20, 2004 11:20 pm

RatballsRoute Climbed: West Couloir Date Climbed: 31 August, 2003  Sucess!


Highest Naked Man in America:

I headed down Crestone-wards in the evening, but the weather there looked so appalling that I just kept on going, bearing generally towards the southwest. Midnight found me deep in the San Juans, pulling up to the Matterhorn Creek trailhead, where I truck-camped for the night. I backpacked in at 8AM, set up my tent just below the Matterhorn slopes, and then hiked around the shoulder across the open plains of tundra to Uncompahgre, which I climbed up a frustrating scree-filled couloir on the west side.

It felt so damned good to be back up high that I practically skied back down Uncompahgre and ran over to Wetterhorn--beating by twenty minutes, I might add, the summit-to-summit time of Matt Mahoney, the ultra-runner (I know, because he recorded his time in the summit register). It was 4PM, and the latest I'd ever summited. On Wetterhorn, the weather was so clear that I took all my clothes off and wandered naked around the summit for a half-hour or so.

I'm fairly certain that for 30 minutes, then, I was the highest naked man in Colorado, if not the country. Of course, by the time I got back to my tent (fully and appropriately attired), it was still only about 5:30PM, so I backpacked the whole damned thing down again and drove the 380 miles home--I never did camp.
Posted Jun 22, 2004 3:41 pm

mountainmotaRoute Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: March 2002  Sucess!


Nice easy 14er!
Posted Jun 15, 2004 7:09 pm

s_tuning@msn.comRoute Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: June 10th, 2004  Sucess!


Very enjoyable hike! The views were incredible.
Posted Jun 11, 2004 1:20 am

DaveCRoute Climbed: standard Date Climbed: july 98  Sucess!


sumitted just in time to catch the view before clouds obscured it. i'm getting hooked on the san juans.
Posted May 21, 2004 9:43 pm

bc44caesarRoute Climbed: West Face Couloirs Date Climbed: 15 May 2004  Sucess!


Solo climbed Wetterhorn & Uncompahgre from the Matterhorn TH. Snowshoed up the southernmost couloir which felt pretty steep and descended the same couloir which was nice for glissading! The whole excursion took 15.5 hrs car to car!
Posted May 16, 2004 2:17 pm

sbkelleyRoute Climbed: East Slopes (Nellie Creek) Date Climbed: July 2001  Sucess!


This was a unique climb because I used this mountain as a back-drop for my high school senior picture - screw studio photography! :) I was definitely impressed with Uncompahgre's north face, too - what a cliff!
Posted May 12, 2004 2:56 pm

Ryan KowalskiRoute Climbed: Nellie Creek (standard) Date Climbed: June 28, 2003  Sucess!

Ryan Kowalski

Loved this peak. Its normal route is pretty easy, but still remains a must-hike. Incredible scenery, freindly summit creatures (marmots) and an easy hike. 1.5 to the top on which we sat forever. One of the most gorgeous days in CO I've ever experienced.
Posted Apr 19, 2004 5:00 pm

RyanSRoute Climbed: standard Date Climbed: June 28, 2002  Sucess!


I loved climbing one of Colorado's most distinctive mountains (and arguably the most distinctive 14er). A trip report is available here.
Posted Apr 9, 2004 6:06 pm

hhsilleckRoute Climbed: from Matterhorn Creek Date Climbed: June 2002  Sucess!


A long but easy trail hike from Matterhorn Creek. Watch for thunderstorms in the summer.
Posted Jan 9, 2004 7:24 pm

brianhughesRoute Climbed: From Cimarron River Date Climbed: July 11, 2003  Sucess!


My buddy and I climbed Uncompahgre Peak as a side trip during a 3-night backpacking trip. We started at the Middle Fork Trailhead on the Middle Fork of the Cimarron River, followed the trail up and over a 12,595 ft pass and dropped down into the drainage of the East Fork of the Cimarron River. It took us all day to bag the peak from our base camp at the head of the East Fork. On the last day, we continued downstream to the East Fork Trailhead, where we'd left our 2nd vehicle. If you have the time, I'd highly recommended this route as an alternative to the much shorter hike up from the Nellie Creek Trailhead. Porphyry Basin and the Silver Jack Mine are points of interest along the way. The only negative in my opinion is that there is a lot of horse traffic on the East Fork Trail below the Silver Jack Mine.
Posted Dec 24, 2003 12:37 am

Steven CrossRoute Climbed: Matterhorn Creek/standard Date Climbed: september, 24, 2003  Sucess!

Steven Cross

We started at Matterhorn Creek and camped at the base of the mountain at about 12,000 feet.

What anIncreadible mountain! A nearly clear day, we could see the Elks, Sawatch range, Sangres and Mount Peal in Utah. The view was fantastic. Couldn't spend to much time on the summit, had to get back to camp to tear down and head back to the car. We did Wetterhorn, Matterhorn and Uncompahgre Peak, I even got Broken Hill in. We then headed to Redcloud and Sunshine.

Met BIg_G as we were leaving the summit.

My 5th 14er
Posted Sep 29, 2003 3:27 pm

big_gRoute Climbed: Uncompahgre Peak Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 24, 2003


Fun and quick climb on a beautiful day. Did not even start hiking until 9:15. I even met a fellow SPer, Steven Cross, there. Got some great pictures of the area.
Posted Sep 27, 2003 9:47 pm

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