Trailhead:  Nellie Creek
 Posted By:  bmcconahey
 Date of Info:  07/12/2020
 Date Posted:  07/13/2020
Status Update
Climbed Uncompahgre yesterday and expected to be able to get to the upper trailhead in my Outback. I have made it to some upper trailheads in my car but NO WAY would I attempt this one in an Outback. We came to the first creek crossing and the exit is steep, gnarly with large rocks, with a sharp turn to the left as well. It appears (in a 2008 photo on this site) that there used to be some filler rock that made the exit much easier. Those have clearly washed away. From the first stream crossing to just after the second stream crossing, there are several areas that I would imagine would struggle without high clearance. There were multiple trucks, 4-Runners, Jeeps, and a FJ that made it up to or near the upper trailhead, but I am impressed that a long wheelbase truck didn't have some issues. I did hear a truck scrape on a section on our trek back down to the first creek crossing. Attached is a photo of the first crossing.

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Comments or Questions
07/18/2020 17:14
Thoughts on a 4WD, extended cab Chevy Colorado navigating Nellie Creek to the upper trailhead? What types of trucks did you see up there?

Nellie Creek Trailhead
07/19/2020 20:21
Agree. Stopped just before the creek in my 2015 Ford Explorer and hiked the last 2 1/4 miles to the trailhead. Might have made it, but likely not without some damage. At trailhead were mostly traditional Jeeps and Jeep Cherokees and/or ATVs. Was lucky and hitched ride down with some nice chaps from Ft. Collins.

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