the San Juans are amazing!!!
After climbing 6 14ers in back to back fashion in the Buena Vista area I traveled to Lake City to climb the 5 nearby peaks and chose the Uncompahgre/Wetterhorn combo as my first climb there. Starting around 5:45 AM from the Matterhorn lower trailhead I summited Uncompahgre by 10 o`clock and then procceeded to Wetterhorn. The weather kept deteriorating as I went up the ridge and I finally aborted the summit bid at 13,800` due to storms approaching fast, luckily I was off the upper ridge when the sleet storm started, but the vivid lightning was a little scray. Eventually I returned to summit Wetterhorn 3 days later.
The summit pitch was more fun than I expected. Super fun to combine with Wetterhorn. Started at Matterhorn Creek and finished at Nellie. It took 12 hours to climb them both because we didn't have 4 wheel drive clearance and walked from the lower trail heads. So thankful to Elly's owners for the ride down the last 2 miles of the 4 mile road. (#4)
This was my first 14er. The weather forecast was sunny and warm. And it was. Started late from the Nellie Creek trailhead, and passed half a dozen others coming down. Very windy on the west face. Had the summit to myself except for a few marmots. Ate dinner in Lake City, then drove to Silverton over Cinnamon Pass at night. It was a great trail, a great adventure, and a day I'll never forget!
Meetup.com Fierce Planet hike. We started from the 4WD trailhead. The pace was pretty fast: we started around 6AM and got back to the trailhead before noon. The group got pretty strung out along the trail, but everyone made the summit. It was windy at the top. Pretty easy for a 14er, with awesome scenery. The next day we were going to do Handies Peak from Grizzly Gulch, so a few of us drove through Capitol City and over Engineer and Cinnamon Passes to the trailhead. More great scenery along that drive.
Just beautiful the whole way. I got a couple of nice shots of Wetterhorn.
I did four 14ers in five days. Not too frantic.
Thanks to a trailhead above 11k feet, it was a short morning jaunt. Cool peak, but too short. Trip report
Nice hike, relatively short. Fun glissading!
great hike, nice views...
climbed uncompahgre w/milburn via its southernmost west gully on a wavering may weather day. a mixed bag of snow, driving wind and calm bluebird skies had us constantly changing layers! the gully itself was a fine, fairly low-angled climb, albeit a bit tiring in the top 500' without a reprieve from kicking steps.
slipped up the nearby 13er broken hill solo afterwards before weaving my way through the snow-covered iron beds on the way out.
Love the area, also did Wetterhorn and Matterhorn
A distinguished hunk of rock
Hiked up Uncompahgre, followed by Wetterhorn from the Matterhorn Creek TH.
Much easier then what was expected. But then again, we also had a path to follow from a good friend who was up there 2 days previous! Great weather!!! Very atypical for January
7/2/05 - Climbed from the Matterhorn Creek TH after making a trip up Wetterhorn. Long day.
1/11/10 - Climbed from camp in Matterhorn Creek. This was day 3 of a 3 day trip (packed in on day 1, climbed Wetterhorn on day 2, climbed Uncompahgre and packed out on day 3).
Eat lunch with your feet over the cliff!
From the Nellie Creek TH with Mountain Girl. One of my favotite 14er hikes, beautiful approach.
I did this as part of a 3 day backpack trip. It was the first 14,000 ft mountain I had been on in CO and I was shocked at the number of people on the trail. Of course it was a holiday weekend, which made it worse.
Solo in the clouds. There was a couple inches of snow on the summit and northern aspects. I climbed from Nellie Creek TH.
What a beautiful day with awesome veiws up there. My favorite one so far.