Explore the most popular off road driving trails in Uncompahgre Wilderness with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

off road driving
15 days ago

Best trail I have done in a while. I fell in love with this trail pretty quickly. We took it from the Ouray side coming up. Rainy and muddy that day. The wall area is so much fun. Took two of the three lines on the bottom with no winching. I did scrape some undercarriage on them...oh well. Always use protection people

off road driving
15 days ago

Fun trail I guess. It would be better going up I think. There are a few tippy spots coming down, so don’t go too quick.

2015 JKUR lifted and with the right stuff

off road driving
1 month ago

Great drive. Was not expecting all the rocks coming down from Animas Fork. Definitely chastity scrapping in some areas. Other than that my Jeep Wrangler did great! We had a blast and spent all day on the Alpine Trail.

Please do not take your Subaru up Nellie Creek Rd.

The best easy/moderate trail for factory 4x4 vehicles!

Beautiful trail!! Perfect hike for getting fully immersed in the San Juans. Uncompahgre is a unique, funky, and photogenic mountain and is, for the most part, a Class 1 walk-up. Perfect for novice-to-intermediate 14er hikers. Near the top is a gnarly, steep Class 2 (borderline Class 3) crux. When you get to this part (you'll know it when you see it), I recommend taking the route to the left of the rock tower, not the one to the right. It's less steep. The good news is that it's short.

The Nellie Creek 4WD road to the trailhead is no joke. Large rocks, creek crossings, tight hairpin turns, and dips. High clearance is mandatory-- my Jeep Liberty has 8" of clearance and still scraped bottom more times than I would have liked. Good news is that the creek crossings are running low right now-- about 3" for the first crossing and about 4" for the second crossing.

Started at the beginning of Nellie Creek road which made for a 16ish mile roundtrip. Being as I got an early start (5:30am), the road hike wasn’t all that bad. If one was to start later though I could see where the extra 8 miles would be a slog. As others have said the actual trail is beautiful and there are lots of wildflowers this time of year. The last 1000 feet are tough as the switchbacks and the short scramble is rather steep. There isn’t much exposure though unless you really want it. Took about 6 1/2 hours to complete with some running mixed in on the downhills.

off road driving
4 months ago

Nice drive. Used 4 low just to control speed on down hill but not necessary. Dry right now so little of the mud mentioned in previous years. Millions of aspen so expect it is amazing in September.

Very scenic with lots of wildflowers. Easy trail 90% of the way even in 1 ton SRW 2WD. One spot a few miles from the Telluride overlook was a little steep and rocky requiring staying on the brakes for a slow crawl down ~ 1 mile stretch. Really rough on a new brake job. At the cattleguard, beware the attack ptarmigan. Stopped to check it out standing in the road and it was all over me. Even wanted to get in the truck. It let me pick it up for some pics. Would be great in 4WD with low range or ATV/UTV for that 1 small spot.

I've hiked seven 14ers so far. This was my least favorite, but still worthwhile. I approached from Matterhorn Creek TH, as I also climbed Wetterhorn the same day.

The people I met on the trail were great!

Big exposure on top if you want it! Don't trip or slip!

off road driving
Monday, October 09, 2017

Lovely!! Lots of beautiful trees, rocks, & water:)

off road driving
Saturday, September 30, 2017

Did this in a stock Jeep Unlimited. No problems at all. Views were amazing! I would recommend this trail to anyone.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Went up September 2015. It was hard for sure. Some of the trail at the top is hard to find. Some terrain is steep with loose rocks. Caution is required. The views on a clear day are amazing and worth the hike.

One of my favorite 14ers (25)! 4x4 trail is rugged but if you can start from the upper parking lot....it's one of the best hikes imaginable. Best views of the San Juan Mt. Range!!!!

trail running
Sunday, August 20, 2017

Gorgeous!!! Beautiful rolling green slopes. Brutally up hill on the way there but manageable. There even some little kids with their parents coming down as we went up. If you have to walk the 5 miles up to the trailhead it adds a lot so be prepared.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Take CR 18 back to Ouray from Animas Forks the said....... didn't realize this was Mineral Creek till we got back to camp... best trail we did all day..

Loved everything about this hike minus the 4 mile drive to the TH and out.

off road driving
Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Miles and miles of big rocks. High clearance and low range is simply a given. At times in the Jeep we found ourselves leaned sideways enough to have at least one passenger end up crawled up on top of another lol. Maybe having to do that while edging along near cliffs at times was a bit much. It was raining and all those rocks were slippery so that might have caused some of the worry too. This is a trail where parts can get broke. We saw one blown tire and one totaled ATV. Although this trail isn't famous like some others, I would say it's very memorable!! We really can't say there was anything about this trail we would want to see again if we weren't going to Poughkeepsie.

off road driving
Thursday, August 03, 2017

Twice through in a 2017 Ford Raptor. Some fun/tricky spots. You definitely want a high clearance 4x4 for this trail.

Friday, July 21, 2017

very nice and not to hard

off road driving
Monday, July 17, 2017

Easily traverse the pass with high clearance vehicle. Great views. Wild flowers are blooming.

The hardest part might be getting to the trailhead. Once you start the hike it is easy to get thrown off the trail towards a 13,000ft peak, don't do that.

off road driving
Wednesday, July 12, 2017

off road driving
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

This is my favorite jeep trail in the San Juans. The scenery in every direction is breath taking and the adventure is unbelievable. Definitely for the experienced off road enthusiast. A good jeep gets it done!

I did this trail with my parents when I was about 11. It is extremely hard. Needless to say, we made it all the way to the summit, thanks to some hikers we met on their way down. You will need proper equipment if you want to summit the peak.

scenic driving
Sunday, July 02, 2017

Beautiful views!

Awesome trail! 99% of the snow is melted, prime time to hit the summit. The 4 mile road up to the trailhead is intense, two pretty serious steam crossings. Ended up hiking up from the road, 16.3 miles round trip. I reckon this is a good first 14'er to get your feet wet. Epic!

Monday, February 06, 2017

Tried for the summit with my son in Oct. of 2013. We were turned around at just over 13,000' due to the horrific wind that day. Can't imagine what it would have been like on top. Too many nice days to hike, to be out in that kind of wind. I'll be back. Easy trail and great views above tree line!! The road in is god awful though. 4x4 for sure, and very narrow if you meet another vehicle. Luckily we didn't.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Cool 14er!

Thursday, August 04, 2016

Very cool 14er! I enjoyed it, and it's great for kids because it's so open. Also a great place for marmots

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