Uncompahgre Peak  
Condition Updates  
 
Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2011-10-02, By: M_Sandoval52
Info: Saturday, October 1, 2011 there was no snow or ice all the way to the summit. 
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Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2011-07-31, By: aerohr
Info: Snow free. No axe needed. Recent CFI trail work, they were there working as I was there. Road is in good shape, but you‘ll want decent 4x4 with some clearance to get there. 2 river crossings, 12-16 inches at the deepest. Some camping at the trailhead and probably 3-5 campsites just below the trailhead (within .25-.5 miles). Other campsites further down the road. We were quite pleased with "Restless Spirits", a restaurant/bar in Lake City after we came out and I‘d suggest it over the other food choices in town. Its at the head of the park in the center of town. 
 
Route: South Ridge via. Matterhorn Creek
Posted On: 2011-06-28, By: Matt Lemke
Info: Parked at the Matterhorn Creek TH and hiked up the Ridge Stock Trail to the pass just below Matterhorn Peak. Hot son about a half mile before the pass. Pass itself was fairly snowy but very consolidated. We descended and rounded Unc. and ascended the standard trail. Long ways around but was very pretty with green tundra spots perched out in between snowfields. Summit was fantastic. We descended the SW coliour but was only able to glissade the bottom third of it due to its steepness and the fact it was still pretty hard. Would make a decent snow climb right now. Had to walk down the upper two thirds with crampons. The snow didn‘t soften too much throughout the dyad we only potholed a few times on the return back over the pass. I also climbed Matterhorn without snow on the slope above the pass and the class 3 part at the top was a breeze. Photos will come with my large TR coming in mid to late July. 
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Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2011-06-19, By: arianna2
Info: Trip Report to come, but in case someone needs info before I can get that up...Nellie Creek is open up to within about .3 mile from the trailhead. There is a big tree in the road and a pretty big snow drift at that point. The stream crossings weren‘t too difficult with a Chevy Tahoe but could be tough for a smaller car. There are still large snowfields above treeline. Starting early and microspikes made it possible. There was some post-holing after 10am but pretty much just near the edge of a snowfield. Hopefully, I can get pictures and a trip report up soon. 
 
Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2011-06-07, By: Unknown
Info: still lots of snow, but starts softening early with the sun. We started at 3 AM and needed microspikes to climb. Snowshoes would be necessary had we started any later. Nelli Creek road is closed and unpassable after 2.5 miles (1.5 miles short of TH). We chose to camp at the road closed area as we felt packing in would be difficult with the melting snow drifts that cross the road (posthole nightmare). Caution, the log used for crossing the stream is still icy in the morning. WE crawled over the log. Glissading is still possible in the early morning. 
 
Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2011-06-06, By: E-dorvs
Info: As stated in the TH updates, the road is clear to about 200 yards below the 2nd creek crossing (or slightly less than 2 miles from the summer trailhead). Beyond this there are about 3 or 4 sizeable drifts otherwise, pretty dry road to about 1/2 mile below the summer trailhead (just above the open meadow). From here, large drifts are in the trees and probably won‘t be going anywhere anytime soon. Route from the summer trailhead is mostly snow to treeline with minimal patches of dirt in some areas. Treeline to the saddle at 13,800‘ is completely snow with minimal patches of dirt. The "standard" route right now is a straight line to the saddle, instead of traversing to the south and up the ridge. From the saddle there are a few small snow fields to traverse to the gully, which is dry. Top of the gully to the summit is 50/50 snow/dry. Summit plateau is fully dry. I can PM picture (from another computer) as some point if anyone is interested. 
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Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2011-05-29, By: Monster5
Info: Standard 4wd can make it to just past 1st stream crossing. A large boulder is in the middle of the road about 0.2 mi above stream crossing - narrower, modified 4wd made it to just past the junction where they were stopped by a drift. Continuous snow starts about 1/2 mi below 4wd TH. Using beta from Rastaman566, packed in from 2wd Saturday night to 4wd TH (~2hrs), climbed Sunday morning (~5hrs RT), descended Sunday noonish (~1.5 hrs). Moderate pace; few breaks. Snowshoes highly recommended after about 10AMish due to sun. Snowshoe traction was useful in the morning for gaining the higher slopes. Crampons weren‘t used, but an ice axe was used for the crux, cliffy, gully section (1st gully still holding a lot of firm snow - can either kickstep across or climb up to exposed, class 3ish stuff). Snow not continuous up top. Wet slides all over the place - obvious and avoidable. I‘d recommend starting extremely early. 
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