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 Peak:  Uncompahgre Peak (14er)
 Route:  South Ridge from Nellie Creek
 Range:  San Juan
 Posted By:  aliciaf
 Date of Information:  10/27/2012
 Date Posted:  10/28/2012
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Made it about 2.7 miles up the 4WD road. Stopped before the second creek crossing, as it was solid ice, about 1inch thick. Didn't feel comfortable crossing it since our Subaru Outback slid across the first creek crossing.

Patchy snow up to the 4WD trailhead, at which point we put on our spikes for extra traction. Almost completely snow covered trail from here until the summit. Many spots where we postholed up to our calves along the trail. Deeper snow in the switchback area, where I postholed up to my knees at times. The rocky west face doesn't have as much snow, so the trail up this area was easier to follow.

On the descent, we noticed a lot of the snow had a wind blown crust to it and pretty much none of the snow above treeline had melted.




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