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Uncompahgre Peak via Nellie Creek Road

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Uncompahgre Wilderness

Uncompahgre Peak via Nellie Creek Road is a 7.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Lake City, Colorado that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 7.7 mi Elevation gain 2,841 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

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Getting There

Users have reported that the road leading to the trailhead is very rough and steep. 4WD is required.

Colorado Tourism Office, 1625 Broadway, Suite 1700 , Denver, CO, 80202, Phone: 800-COLORADO

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.

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Michael Marrs
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Hiking

Loved it. Best to have a 4wheel drive to get to the trail.

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Cheryl Ri
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I love this hike! Drive to the trail head requires 4wd with high clearance - rocky, river crossing. I did it in fall. The hike is beautiful ,open views. As I got to the ridge it was windy and people were turning around, but once I got to the far side of the ridge the rock wall blocked it. The scramble up the rock wasn't bad, another person I met had difficulty with it just because they weren't used to it, but we stuck together and were fine. Once on top snow flurries popped up, making it a little harder to find the route back down. I'd love to come back on a clear day!

Charlie Krueger
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Ryan Nettles
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Hiking

hard hike but well worth the effort. stunning views. huge cliffs off the summit! good trail with one very short steep section (class3) just below the final summit pitch. the rest is easy class 2. dog friendly. not terribly crowded. need high clearance 4wd to get to the upper trailhead. lower trailhead is 4 miles down hill. bring sunscreen.

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Robert Millot
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Shane Smith
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Hiking

We enjoyed it very much. The last thousand feet to the summit was tough. This was our first 14er.

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Cecily Coates
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Definitely a different kind of 14er. Someone once described it as a gentle giant and I could see that. It’s beautiful with all the rolling hills and streams. The road is a beast for sure! The only tough part is the rocky climb to the summit. Very little trees and absolutely gorgeous!

Faith Johnson
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Completed this hike on Tuesday. The road up to the trailhead absolutely requires high clearance and 4WD. You have to go through a couple streams to get to the trailhead. This is definitely the most beautiful 14er I’ve done (#6 for me)! Gorgeous valley and scenery. On the way up we only encountered about 4 people, maybe 10 on the way down. Not super trafficked. I appreciated the quietness. Make sure to bring sunscreen as you’re exposed in the sun most of the hike. The scramble about half a mile from the summit is a little challenging. Make sure to have good shoes and pick your steps wisely to avoid sliding down. The summit is absolutely incredible, amazing 360 views. Overall great hike!

Kurt Ramsdale
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5 hr drive from Boulder. Parked at lower 2WD trailhead at 6AM. Biked the 4 mi to upper trailhead. Perfect day. Summit just after 10:30. Back to car 1:15. The road might be passable in a 2x4 if not for the two stream crossings with steep, nasty switchbacks. I brought sneakers to cross the streams so not to get boots wet, then stashed them by the side of the road, fetched on return. In Gunnison for great Indian food dinner.

Braden Wagner
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Hiking

Great trail! Tons of fun opportunity for trial running. Top was a scramble, class 2 at the top before you summit. Great weather today!

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Jen N
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Gentle hike with a short scramble. 16m, 5000' from base of Nellie Creek.

Faith Johnson
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Completed this hike on Tuesday. The road up to the trailhead absolutely requires high clearance and 4WD. You have to go through a couple streams to get to the trailhead. This is definitely the most beautiful 14er I’ve done (#6 for me)! Gorgeous valley and scenery. On the way up we only encountered about 4 people, maybe 10 on the way down. Not super trafficked. I appreciated the quietness. Make sure to bring sunscreen as you’re exposed in the sun most of the hike. The scramble about half a mile from the summit is a little challenging. Make sure to have good shoes and pick your steps wisely to avoid sliding down. The summit is absolutely incredible, amazing 360 views. Overall great hike!

Dave Kluge
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Hiking

Awesome trail. Do not attempt to get to the upper trailhead though unless you have a true high-clearance 4x4. Extremely windy once you hit the saddle. The route on AllTrails recommends going up a pretty sketchy loose rock gulley towards the summit. If you’re confident in your climbing, hang a right about 200 yards before the gulley and climb up a short shoot to gain the ridge (uploaded picture). The rock is stable and it’s easy class 4 with minimal exposure.

Elaina Spiekermann
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This was one of my first 14-ers and I loved it. The hike itself is pretty easy compared to other summits- felt more like a gradual uphill. There was one section near the summit that required a little climbing, which I wasn't expecting, but it was over pretty quickly. The views from the top are insanely gorgeous. Absolutely recommend. Tons of free camping in Snowden Meadow and near the creek. Note that you DEFINITELY need a high clearance vehicle to get to the trailhead.

Joe F.
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The summit is unbelievable. Great trail, well maintained. Not difficult for the first 2.5-3 miles. The last mile or so is steep with switchbacks and after that involves some climbing. Nothing too technical. Mid-June and still quite a bit of snow in spots but nothing that will prevent a person from doing the hike. Nelly Creek Rd. is white knuckle in a pickup truck. Big rocks, dips, tight switchbacks. I would check on the status of the road and river depth on 14ers.com or somewhere like that before going. 1st river crossing was 5" and second was 3". Google Maps was off by 1 mile on the driving directions to the trailhead. Just keep going until you hit the lot with the signs.

PJ Williams
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Joshua Offutt
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Absolutely beautiful and the topography is amazing. Very, very, very easy. I was just meandering and was up and back to my truck in right at 4 hours. 4-wheel trail is rough but doable as long as you are in 4-wheel drove low. Do highly recommend for a rest day or an easy day hike.

Erika Armstrong
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Hiking

Gorgeous! Definitely need sturdy offroad vehicle to get to trailhead. Doggies loved the creek. Enjoy.

Leah Brown
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George Copeland
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It is roughly 5 miles from the bottom of the trail at route 20 & 23 to the nellie creek trail head that takes you to the summit of uncompahgre. It is roughly 3 miles from the sign at the trail head to the summit. Right near the summit i had to climb with all four limbs and there was no alternative. Nothing that needed ropes and hooks just caution and stamina. I took a sedan and parked at the start of the atv trail and hiked up to the trailhead area and found a camp spot. Lots of bugs. Wish i had my tacoma for this trip. Other people hiked or drove to the trail head then camped like i did. Lovely hike, tall and difficult mountain, doable but be careful up there.

Joseph Mecha
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Hiking

Uncompahgre! This peak looks amazing. From the TH, easy approach with clear views of the peak the whole way. Short loose section to climb near the summit. Views of the San Juans and especially Wetterhorn were the best. Fun looking 700ft straight down the north face. Have been up Wetterhorn before but may have to come back for a combo with Uncompahgre. Incidentally, enjoyed a San Juan Pale Ale at Lake City Brewery post hike.

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Eric Stall
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Road to trailhead is rough. Hike is great. About 100-200 feet of Very loose rubble and steep climb, on your hands and feet, just before summit. Summit is phenomenal. Start early. On our first try, we got turned back by lightning because we got late start.

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