Uncompahgre Peak

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Uncompahgre Peak is the highest peak in the San Juan Range of Colorado. It is also the state's sixth highest peak. Although the peak has a rugged look to it, it is one of the easier fourteeners in Colorado to climb. There is an excellent trail most of the way up, with one short rocky area requiring a little bit of scrambling. There are great views to the West of Matterhorn and Wetterhorn Peaks.

Elevation (feet): 14,309
Elevation (meters): 4,361
Continent: North America
Country: United States
Range/Region: San Juan Mountains
State: Colorado
Latitude: 38.0717
Longitude: -107.461
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Year first climbed: 1874
First successful climber(s): A. D. Wilson & Franklin
Nearest major airport: Gunnison
Convenient Center: Lake City

Thanks to Kirk Mallory for adding this peak.

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 59 trip reports for Uncompahgre Peak.

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  • Log #21363 - by Marco Z. on Aug 02, 2008
    Started at Nellie Creek Trailhead. Excellent weather, no clouds. Nice walk up to about 13.000 feet. Then it becomes steeper and rocky.
  • Log #20933 - by Paul Symborski on Aug 06, 2007
    This was a day hike from base of 4WD road at junction of Matterhorn Creek and North Branch Henson Creek, a half mile below the Matterhorn trailhead. I stuck to the trails so it was about a 15 mile...
  • Log #20543 - by Robert Gardner on Dec 19, 2006
    It was a good climb. Very easy
  • Log #18833 - by Dan Spellman on Feb 14, 2006
    Road to trailhead is high-clearance 4X4; don't drive a car to the trailhead unless you're trying to ditch your muffler. Nice trail through the tundra. Some scrambling is required near the summit,...
  • Log #19101 - by Travis H. John on Feb 14, 2006
    We started the climb around four in the evening and barely arrived at the summit in time to see the sunset. I was able to snap a few photos before thunderstorms chased us down. We arrived back at...
  • Log #18715 - by Robison on Oct 01, 2005
    Climbed Uncompahgre with two old friends from high school. This was my first "14er" and although it is supposed to be one of the easier ones, the 6 inches of snow the day before and the...
  • Log #19131 - by Nick W on Aug 12, 2005
    Set out from base of Matterhorn after hiking 7 or so miles from the base of Matterhorn valley. Was on an Outward Bound trip, and the guide said it would be safe to climb the peak at 4:30pm so thats...
  • Log #8790 - by Glenn and Amy on Sep 21, 2004
    For a couple of flatliners from the plains of the midwest, we made it to the top of the peak with very little difficulty. It was a very scenic hike to the top and some spectacular views from the...
  • Log #8788 - by Steve & Jessica ochoa on Sep 20, 2004
    The 4-wheel drive road up to the Nellie Creek trailhead was itself an adventure. The trail is nice and clean the entire way. Pretty much a class 1 except when you reach the south ridge. After that a...
  • Log #8791 - by Dave Smith on Sep 20, 2004
    My first 14er. What a challenge, but I DID IT! My niece, an experienced Colorado 14er got me there with her expert advice and encouragement. A snow storm with thunder and lightening made our stay on...
  • Log #8792 - by Charles Liu on Sep 15, 2004
    Started from Matterhorn Creek Trailhead, bagged Wetterhorn first, and then hiked Uncompahgre. Return down Nellie Creek. Long day but well worth the effort. #25 and #26 fourteeners.
  • Log #8793 - by bryan jones/Kathy Clapp on Aug 02, 2004
    Walked up in a steady drizzle. The weather cleared as we reached the summit. The top was alive with other flatlanders and an inordinate number of dogs. We made some new friends before getting off the...
  • Log #8795 - by Jill Curtis on July 19, 2004
    Beautiful peak, I wished that where there was a sign for ridge stock and big blue trail there was another one pointing out uncompahgre. i took a wrong turn there early this morning.
  • Log #8796 - by Brian R. Muirhead on June 16, 2004
    Trip up was uneventful on a gorgeous Sunday morn. Left from Nellie Creek trailhead at 6:30, just about sunrise. I did not see another person until I had been on the summit for 30 minutes, then 6 or...
  • Log #8797 - by J Collier on May 05, 2004
    My first attempt to summit Uncompahgre was in June 2000 as part of a weeklong backpack trip. Storms moved into the area the night before our attempt, but the next morning seemed to be clearing and so...
  • Log #8798 - by Everett Stafford on May 03, 2004
    This was my first summit... first of many to come. Nelly Creek approach with my best friend Jeff.
  • Log #8799 - by Jerry Fultz on Apr 02, 2004
    The climb up Uncompahgre provided some of the best memories from the summer for me (we did 7 Colorado 14'ers in 2003). It's remote location gave us a greater sense of wilderness and solitude than we...
  • Log #8800 - by Steven Cross on Mar 21, 2004
    5th 14er and highest point thus far. Camped at 12,000 feet for 4 days at the base of the mountain and hiked Wetterhorn, Matterhorn and Broken Hill.
  • Log #8801 - by Anna S on Oct 10, 2003
    What a wonderful hike is all I can say. There was great weather. Views wonderful. The view over the cliffs are incredible.
  • Log #8802 - by vance elliott on Sep 30, 2003
    Summited for the second time this August, with Erin and Anita, my son and daughter in-law. There are two routes to the top as you come off the ridge and go around the southwest side, one that is an...
  • Log #8803 - by Deborah Fronsdahl on Sep 15, 2003
    Crunchy snow in the morning and wind in the afternoon had the potential to make this trip no fun at all, but glissading down the switchbacks and bushwhack step-plunging through thigh-deep drifts...
  • Log #8805 - by Charles W. Miller Ph.D. on Sep 14, 2003
    With guide who provided 4 wheel drive necessary to get to trail head.
  • Log #8810 - by Dan Wiedrich on July 09, 2003
    My nephew, Andy, and I camped about 1 mile from the trailhead at Matterhorn creek the night before. The weather was excellent but a bit chilly. Andy's watch indicated that it was 32 degrees when we...
  • Log #8811 - by Paul Symborski on Apr 28, 2003
    Day hike from/to Capitol City. It was a bit early in the year to try this; quite a bit of snow to get through on the way in/out. Went straight up scree field to meet trail east of summit. Didn't use...
  • Log #8812 - by Scott Reinemann on Apr 23, 2003
    Great Times in Colorado!!! I climbed this peak while on a 23 day outward bound course and if anyone reading this was thinkin about doing one of those i would strongly recommend it, but jsut be ready...
  • Log #8813 - by Carrie Wiss on Mar 14, 2003
    Climbed with John, my husband, Mitch, my dad, Hal, a cousin, and Gary, a friend. Summit day was a long one because we had positioned our camp to enable us to climb Wetterhorn Peak the next day. We...
  • Log #8814 - by Wade Baxter on Dec 15, 2002
    Awesome, awesome, stupendously awesome. This is a great hike -- did it from the normal Wetterhorn trailhead on a beautiful day. At least it was beautiful for the morning until just before we reached...
  • Log #8815 - by Virginia Evans on Dec 12, 2002
    I made this trip with my grandson, Austin Hill and my husband Sydney. Austin and I made the hike up in about 3 and a half hours on a beautiful day in which we could have spent the whole day up there,...
  • Log #8816 - by Matt Loscalzo on Oct 18, 2002
    Decided to treat myself to a birthday celebration in Telluride, and a nice walk the next day. The San Juans are some of the most amazing mountains out there. The surrounding peaks were still capped...
  • Log #8817 - by Jim Jordahl on Oct 09, 2002
    Did this peak with 3 other friends, and it was great! We drove out from Minnesota and stayed in Colorado Springs night one. The next night we stayed in Lake City instead of near the trailhead,...
  • Log #8818 - by Michael Davenport on Sep 03, 2002
    Climbed on a beautiful Sunday morning, clear skies and sunshine. This is a gentle hike up Nellie creek for most of the climb through pristine alpine terrain. Only one short section of the climb...
  • Log #8819 - by Trevor and Monica Howard on Aug 19, 2002
    This was our first summit of any kind and it was really awesome. We had backpacked a couple of days on the Alpine Gulch trail a few days earlier but the hike above timber line and to the summit is...
  • Log #8820 - by Michael Jake on July 15, 2002
    Hiked in from the Nellie Creek Trailhead with my fiancee, Lori. Great views from the summit, a bit smokey though. #30 for me, #10 for Lori!
  • Log #8821 - by Jennifer Parks on July 08, 2002
    A great hike, and a beautiful one!
  • Log #8822 - by Alan Turner on July 03, 2002
    Climed all three peaks in the bowl that forms Uncompaghre. Long day but Spectacular. Except for the haze and smoke from the burning Wild fires.
  • Log #8823 - by Darvon K Henry on June 05, 2002
    Hiked it w/ Jeff S. and Brian (& Jeff's dog, Damirus). One of the best views that I've seen yet.
  • Log #8824 - by Sarah Ahlgrim on Feb 22, 2002
    This was the single most AMAZING thing I've ever done in my life! I went on an Earth Science Trip with 25 of my classmates the summer before my senior year. Climbing this mountain was hard work, but...
  • Log #8825 - by Thomas Scalf on Jan 02, 2002
    Was a cold start of the day, but anxious to climb my first 14er after failed attempts at Long's and Snowmass Mtn. We backpacked in from Big Blue Campground, which is only a place to pitch a tent. It...
  • Log #8826 - by Larry on Aug 29, 2001
    My son Henry and I climbed with friends John, John, & Kate. We started around 7 AM and were on top by 9:20 AM. It was very chilly on the ridge. There is only 1 section that's a little difficult,...
  • Log #8827 - by Greg on Aug 05, 2001
    Fine weather with help from a cool front that moved into the area. Three hours to summit with several stops for serious photography. All three climbers in their mid fifties Coming from sea level I...
  • Log #8828 - by Carla on July 23, 2001
    Beautiful Peak! Nice hike through a beautiful green valley, not a difficult climb, Awesome cliffs!
  • Log #8829 - by Scott Kelley on July 16, 2001
    Right before the Hardrock, me, Brad Skidmore, Kit Werley, and David Hunter drove over Engineer Pass from Silverton and went up Nellie Creek to a meadow at 11,100 feet and set up camp. The next...
  • Log #8830 - by Jerry Woolverton on Mar 06, 2001
    The 1997 climb was with my wife, 2 brothers and 70-year old dad. Dad decided to let us go with out him just below switchbacks. We summitted and had peanut butter sandwiches in the little rock...
  • Log #8831 - by Brian Caruthers on Feb 28, 2001
    My first 14er. I took way to much stuff, but had a GREAT time. I saw what seemed to be a million sheep, and there was a biologist there counting the rare uncompahgre butterfly. On top I met some...
  • Log #8832 - by Courtney Pittman on Feb 14, 2001
    Perfect weather and an early start made for a great hike. The Nellie Creek Jeep trail will cut your hike seemingly in half if you have a high clearance vehicle. Its a relatively 'easy' hike (if...
  • Log #8833 - by Randall Holcombe on Feb 08, 2001
    I don't remember if it was 95 or 96 that I climbed Uncompahgre, my first 14ner, but regardless, it was a very memorable experience! I arrived in Lake City armed with a brand-new 14ner guide book, a...
  • Log #8834 - by Scott Duvall on Jan 08, 2001
    The San Juans are beautiful!!
  • Log #8835 - by Matt Kirk on Nov 03, 2000
    Greetings 14er climbers and enthusiasts. I just wanted to let everyone know that there should be a 14ers forum coming soon at http://www.trailjournals.com. If you have the time, please come by and...
  • Log #8836 - by Joseph M. Cheben on Sep 05, 2000
    I summitted Uncompahgre on Sunday September 3rd, 2000 with my two friends, Greg Bass and Gary Mohr. We started our trek from the Matterhorn Trailhead at 0600 and made the summit by 1130. We...
  • Log #8837 - by Makeeah on Aug 13, 2000
    I summitted Uncompahgre with my owner Sandy and my buddy Paul. They tried their best to keep me out of the front seat of Paul's Jeep Grand Cherokee but being a black lab, I finally wore them out and...
  • Log #8838 - by John Weygandt on Aug 08, 2000
    Great hike with my nephews, Michael TenClay and Aaron Vander Meer. Gotta do this more often!
  • Log #8839 - by Jason Halladay on June 27, 2000
    We hiked Uncompahgre from Nellie Creek Trailhead. Six miles round trip in five hours. The hike is great for a person hiking their "first fourteener." Great view!
  • Log #8840 - by Victoria Sharp on June 13, 2000
    The switchbacks were a little tough to discern because of the snow still on the mountain. I could not get over the incredable views from the top. It was well worth it! COBS 2000-finals
  • Log #8841 - by Dennis Whitehead on May 01, 2000
    My partner and I led a group of 7 people up Uncompahgre in July, 1988. Although there are shorter ways up, we made it a long one by hiking three quarters of the way around it, from the north side all...
  • Log #8842 - by Mark Mahlum on Apr 13, 2000
    Easy hike up, breathtaking north face. The expanse beyond the north face quite possibly (if my calculations are correct) would yield enough space to store the federal government and it's tyrannical...
  • Log #8843 - by Jarrett Luttrell on Jan 19, 2000
    "I peaked out at 7:00 p.m., watching the day's stormclouds disperse for a breathtaking sunset, then decended with my headlamp."
  • Log #8844 - by Juan on Dec 07, 1999
    It was my first 14er and was incredible. It's an easy peak, but all you can see from the summit is very beautiful.
  • Log #8845 - by Ken Whittenburg on Aug 16, 1999
    Easy but long climb. I was racing the weather so I made it much harder than it really is. Summit is spectacular with 2000' vetical north face. Peer over the edge and feel your heart jump into your...
  • Log #8846 - by Kirk Mallory on May 02, 1999
    Started very early at the start of the Nellie Creek Road, since I do not have a high-clearance vehicle. My vehicle could have made it up further, but I hiked the road anyway. It was about four miles...