Uncompahgre Peak Trail

HARD 23 reviews

Uncompahgre Peak Trail is a 7.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Lake City, Colorado that features a lake and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

7.1 miles
2870 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



cross country skiing



off road driving

rock climbing



trail running






wild flowers


Directions from Lake City: Take the Engineer Pass Road along Henson Creek about 5.5 miles to the Nellie Creek Road (the road is signed). Take the Nellie Creek Road (4 WD) 5 miles to trailhead.

3 days ago

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!

5 months ago

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.

6 months ago

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
6 months ago

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.

6 months ago

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

7 months ago

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.

7 months ago

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.

7 months ago

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

Saturday, July 09, 2016

The trip up to the trail head was rough but any decent 4x4 should make it. The mileage from the TH is incorrect. It is over 9 miles round trip. I don't know where the extra mile came from but it was approximately 4.6 miles from TH to summit. The trail was otherwise as advertised. Very scenic and fairly challenging especially the last half mile or so. Well worth it. The weather was perfect. I think this is a must for any 14ner hiker.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Ended up being 12 miles because the road was too bad to get all the way to the trailhead, even with 4 wheel drive. In the end was worth it. Very beautiful with a well defined trail

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

3 miles? You kidding? I met a hiker doing 15 miles because he didn't feel confident with his Tacoma pick-up, much less a passenger car. The JEEP TRAIL to the upper trailhead is rough and subject to "change". Only then are you looking at 7.25 miles RT.
*getting water here is difficult, unless you're 100% confident in your filtration. Heavy horse activity in the lowers and just difficult to get at it in the higher. Carry it in.
*don't drink Wetterhorn area either, it's all orange. Seeing the theme here? Carry your water in.
*Uncompahgre is a tough climb and attempts to punch you in the jimmy right prior to the top. If the West side is snowy/wet, you could be in for it.
*beware the mounted hunter during season.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Best 14er hike yet!

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Great views from the top. Not difficult. Easy day hike.

Thursday, August 07, 2014

If you are looking for one of the most picturesque hikes that an "Easy" fourteener can offer, hiking up Uncompahgre Peak is one of the best. It has numerous waterfalls and incredible informal campsites along the access road leading to the trailhead. Once on the trail, the scenery never ends, lush alpine forests blend into aspen stands and tundra reveals hearty and delicate flowers and grasses. The view from the top is "incomparable" , drop-offs on three sides make it seem like you are flying the San Juans with spectacular views of Matterhorn Peak and Wetterhorn Peak to the west.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

This is one of the easier 14ers, but it is beautiful and remote. From the top, you have excellent views to the west of Wetterhorn, Sneffels, and the Wilson Group. To the south, you can see Red Cloud, Sunshine, Handies, and most of the peaks in the Weminuche Wilderness. Excellent ski/snowboard descent down the West Face.

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