Uncompahgre Peak

Lake City, Colorado 81235

Uncompahgre Peak

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"Colorado’s sixth-highest mountain dominates the open plains of the San Juans, rising from the land like the bow of a sinking ship. Most of this scenic hike is above tree line."

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Colorado's Incredible Backcountry Trails (Rincon Publishing)
David Day
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"A "giant's top hat, slightly cocked to one side” is the way some climbers describe Uncompahgre Peak. As fourteeners go, it is a relatively easy climb, but there is really only one way to ascend the mountain. The peak is surrounded on three sides by vertical cliffs of crumbly volcanic rock, but fortunately the south side consists of a sloping ridge that is easily climbed with a minimum of scrambling. Uncompahgre Peak was first climbed by members of the Hayden Survey in 1874. The mountain has long been recognized for its scenic beauty, and in the 1930s the area was included as one of the Forest Service’s original Primitive Areas."

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This was my first 14er & as I have a Jeep I was able to start from the Nellie Creek trailhead. The trail is well marked and in some of the most beautiful country imaginable. There is one spot on the mountain where there was apparently a rockslide over the last winter or so and you have to scramble up loose scree. This was my hardest hike to date but well worth it. It took me 2.5 hours to reach the summit. The views from the summit are indescribable. I have done other day hikes in the Cimarron / San Juan area and to see them from this viewpoint was a thrill.
If you take a dog as I did, there is no water the last half up, at least in September, so be sure to take water for them as well.
All in all a magnificent area I plan to return to again and gain.

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Trail Information

Lake City
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Skill Level
4½–6 hours
Uncompahgre National Forest
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