Uncompahgre Peak  
Condition Updates  
Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2022-07-21, By: Molasses
Info: I completely concur with RhodoRose's Condition report for July 10, 2022. Using option 2, climbing up before the tower, is definitely the way to go. In fact, it was fun! 
Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2022-07-13, By: Lontano
Info: Took my Subaru Crosstrek (stock) up the road. I was planning on going all the way to the trailhead, but with the recent afternoon rains we've been having, I couldn't get up the embankment after the first river crossing--my Crosstrek slid backwards twice. Was forced to park at the river crossing and hike the extra 
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Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2022-07-11, By: RhodoRose
Info: The standard route description gives two options for gaining the ridge before the summit: 1) pass the tower before turning right to regain the ridge, or 2) take a slightly shorter, steeper line before the tower. I did both routes on July 10, taking option 2 on the ascent and option 1 on the descent. Option 2 (before the tower) may be slightly steeper, however, the rock is super firm, minimal scree, and a short, easy stair scramble. Option 1, on the far side of the tower, is horrible - steep, extremely loose, and unstable, possibly the result of heavy use. Whichever you prefer, I personally hate steep, loose scree and highly suggest taking option 2 both up and down. 
Route: Matterhorn Creek Trailhead
Posted On: 2022-07-10, By: codyli34
Info: Hiked in from Matterhorn Creek 2wd trailhead. Summited Wetterhorn before Uncompahgre. Recorded 17.83 miles and 6,109' gain. Route has no virtually no shade. Summer conditions. 
Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2022-06-30, By: maylemay1
Info: Hike is fully free of snow. Easily the best maintained 14er trail I have ever been on. Very nice gradual hike until you hit the ridgeline. Lots of wildflowers were out and the grass is nice and green. The drive to the trailhead was my first real off-roading experience and my stock 4x4 grand cherokee made it up to the top without too much issue, however there are certainly some dicey spots where you could tear something up if you aren't careful. One of the creek crossings in particular is pretty exciting. There are a number of nice campsites close to the trailhead. 
Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2022-06-18, By: markschneller
Info: Fun to hike in the full moonlight! Camped in the trees about 100 yds below the trailhead to stay out of the wind. Started at 4:15 AM and took just under 3 hours up - I'm pushing 60 yrs though (= old goat). Trail was clear but a couple of icy spots = early summer conditions. No spikes needed nor baskets on you poles. Photo #11 on the route is accurate - stay just to the left of the rock tower. Update on the Nellie Creek road: it now sucks until you get past the 2nd river crossing hairpin turn at 2.7 mi. There's a couple of camping spots on the left below this, at 2.65 miles, and I would use one of those to camp. My '99 Suburban made it up though but I try not to push it too hard. 
Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2022-06-06, By: seanhouseworth
Info: A few snowfields lingering below summit block, but no traction needed. Otherwise, summer conditions and an enjoyable hike with amazing views all day. Nellie Creek Rd required precise lines in stock clearance F-150, won't drive it in future unless we get a level kit/lift installed. 
Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2022-06-05, By: worshamb
Info: Same as reported on 5/29: a few snow fields, but easy enough to traverse or get around. I took my 4-wheeler up the road to the trailhead - wouldn't suggest taking a truck you care about. 
Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2022-05-30, By: EastCoastEscapee
Info: A few snow fields that are easily navigable. No traction necessary but could be beneficial. Super windy along the whole route, peak no worse than below. 
Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2022-05-29, By: Skitch
Info: Great conditions on Uncompahgre this morning! Limited snow field crossings that were completely frozen in the morning but post hole city starting around 10a. Most snow fields are avoidable. Cold and windy at the top but completely dry. Our dog was totally fine with the scramble but do make sure your dog can make it up steep + loose terrain if you bring him/her. We took our Jeep Cherokee up the 4WD road and got totally stuck at the first river crossing. A higher clearance car would've had no problems but we were spinning out trying to get up the bank. That road is no joke. 
Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2022-05-11, By: MrSmileweil
Info: First thing I have to say is congratulations Brayden Johnk on completing the Colorado 14ers! Last trip report is pretty accurate, so all I have to add from our trip is that we were able to drive up to 10,600 on the road before being blocked by a snow patch (right before a creek crossing) we decided not to mess with. This and a fallen tree (that could be sawed, sometime after the creek crossing) are potentially the only major obstacles blocking the 4wd trailhead access. There were other fallen trees we moved out of the way thanks to Kinzli's great strength. It is pretty dry up until the hill you have to ascend directly after treeline. Overall we hopped between islands of dry land all the way to the top, and negotiated the post hole fun on the way down. The winds were a bit of a battle, but the views were great. 
Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2022-05-08, By: TheHikingDoctor
Info: Drove up to the fork before the second crossing. Above that, still some snow sections on the road and a downed tree right before the second crossing. Route is fairly dry until shy of 12k and then it's intermittent patches. Summit block is mostly snow free. Expect sections of posthole misery in the afternoon sun but the snow is melting fast if warm weather persists. 
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Route: no summit -- just approach
Posted On: 2022-05-05, By: Marmot72
Info: Wandered up around Uncompaghre all day Saturday to nab three low thirteeners (158, 106, 091). Walked the entire Nellie Creek road as I arrived there late, but several cars made it beyond the first creek crossing. Road becomes impassable somewhere between 2.2 and 2.5 miles in. Road is more dry than not and the trail has frequent bare spots, so the skiers I saw were booting it rather than skinning. Snow in the basin is supportive; breaks 1-3 inches in places. Glissading was not good on the 13er slopes - snow not quite firm enough. 
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Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2022-04-03, By: annamigl
Info: Attempted to drive up as far up as we could but turned around and parked still at the lower 2WD TH (9,350ft) due to the remaining snow coverage on the lower portion of the road. Melting fast but still 9-12" of snow on the road in patches from 9,350ft to the first creek crossing at 10,400ft (see photos). With the rate of it melting though, I would assume it won't be long until parking at the 1st creek crossing would be possible. After 10,400 the road has (fairly) continuous snow coverage with only one part to stop and step through (see pic). The road won't be in for skiing all the way down much longer it doesn't seem. A couple of large rocks and a tree down blocking summer TH access at about 10,600/right before the second creek crossing. Had a few sections of mid-thigh post holing near the summit. But otherwise still typical bare summit. Snow coverage up high provided for a continuous ski descent from the shoulder back down to the 1st creek crossing. Skiing the shoulder part of Uncompahgre was possible on the far lookers left but gets shallow quick the further right. Summer TH still buried (photo). Saw no avalanche activity throughout the basin. Didn't get enough photos/documentation for a full trip report but for time stats: Started: 4:45am (hiked until ~6:00am to 10,400ft before putting skins on to start skinning) Summit: 11:30am Back down to car: 3:10pm (includes 700ft of hiking descent) ^30min summit break, minimal rest stops on the ascent/descent. 
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Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2022-03-08, By: Randy1983
Info: Conditions haven't changed much from last report. The road has a few areas that have fully melted out to rock and mud. The rest of the road is basically a sheet of ice. Upper basin from below the switchbacks was chill with a few spots of hard wind crusted snow. 
Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2022-02-15, By: emma_ely
Info: Did a 'ski' descent of Umcompahgre on Sunday. The basin has melted out quite a bit. We were able to ski from just below the upper switch backs to the car, however the snow was very firm. The road from the summer to winter trailhead was atrocious. The snow mobile track was one of the most unpleasant things I've ever had to ski. Would not recommend skiing this route until they get more precipitation. 
Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2022-02-10, By: RobLowe
Info: Winter TH to Summer TH packed down by a snowmobile to about 1 mile short of Summer TH. Skin track from 1 mile short of summer TH to tree line. Wind blown snow above tree line loaded by winds from the NE. Nice and easy up and down 8 hour 16 mile day. Considerable snow over on Wetterhorn. 
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Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2022-02-05, By: jscully205
Info: The skin track in place has been reinforced on the 4wd Rd and should make easy travel all the way to the upper TH. Past that, there's good snow coverage all the way to the shoulder of the mtn around 13.3k or so where I stashed the skis. You'd want some sort of flotation to that point. Above that, you could make it to the summit without any traction but I found it useful. Not much avy danger to speak of on the entire route. 
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Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2021-10-21, By: kalestew
Info: Muddy for the first mile, snowy after that. Winds in this basin seem to fill in whatever trench might exist on the standard trail with powderey snow, so we chose to stick to the hard packed stuff. Skipped the upper switchbacks and stuck to the rock rib on the left because trenching those sounded rough. All parts above the switchbacks are reasonably dry. Road is still drivable, about four patches of snow/ice but they aren't bad. 
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Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2021-10-11, By: E_A_Marcus_949
Info: No traction needed - clear all the way to summit apart from one or two minor/small snow areas that probably aren't even worth mentioning. 

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