Uncompahgre Peak  
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Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2020-06-05, By: CaptCO
Info: Few snowfields to cross, supportive until 9am or so. Boot packed all the way through, brought crampons but didn't use them. Wetterhorn still looks caked, will come back another day for that one. 
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Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2020-06-05, By: NotAGoodClimber
Info: Easy going for the most part. Still had about 5 snowfields to cross, and it was posthole-central in the afternoon, but was better early mornings and evenings of course. No snow at all for the last 700 feet. Didn't need snowshoes or crampons, but gaiters were nice for the afternoon. Camped about a half-mile up the trail for 4 days and the snow was definitely melting fast. 
 
Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2020-06-02, By: mtnmaneric
Info: Photo of current Uncompahgre valley / approach conditions from a climb of the three neighboring 13ers. 
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Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2020-04-27, By: Eagle Eye
Info: Yesterday I got an early start 1.8 miles from the TH. The road is in the process of being plowed. See Nellie Creek TH status and I'll update that too. There is deep snow on the road, I put on snowshoes right from the start and kept them on the whole day with a couple of exceptions. Drifts make it a featureless place, I followed the road up and it had almost no sign of recent visitors. Even the road was barely distinguishable. The visitor sign-in box (on a post) near the TH is slightly below the snow. Higher up I followed along the drainage, eventually leaving it in the direction of the south ridge. At the steep slope around 13,300 I put on crampons. and went up climbers left side. In the 13,800 ft 'crux' area, I went up kicking steps through a passage before the rock tower. The road in particular had softened up a lot during the day and I broke through it repeatedly in the last couple of miles, even with snow shoes on. The attached picture of the upper summit block is probably the only one I took along the way that would be helpful. The snow coverage looked very much like the last 6 pictures in the Route Description! 
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Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2020-03-15, By: Will_E
Info: Lake City area got some snow on Friday, not much in town, but a fair amount up high. At start of Nellie Creek rd. the trench was visible and I could mostly follow it without flotation, just an occasional post hole. About a mile from the upper trailhead I had to put on snowshoes, and would keep them on all the way to just above the base of the mountain, below treeline I could detect faint parts of the former trench, but not much. Not much wind today, so my tracks (I won't call it a trench) stayed mostly intact. I didn't use any traction today, there's a short section when you get to the backside of the mountain where some might deem spikes/crampons necessary, but the snow wasn't particularly stiff, and the section is short so I just kickstepped through it. On the return, it was posthole city for me, it was really warm today and the snow became very soft. I kept snowshoes on all the way to the car, still postholed like crazy. 
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Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2020-03-09, By: moon stalker
Info: The road to the 4WD TH is well packed for snow shoes and skis. There are faint tracks from there to treeline. Then tracks mostly disappear. Snow above treeline was supportive for skis and most likely would be for snow shoes too. Gulley was mostly snow free. I used microspikes and ax for 15 ft section. If you stay low you can avoid that and mostly be on rock. At least before the next snow. On the way down, snow on the road turned to mush. The packed portion of the road was fine but the unpacked portion caught my skis several times and I was knee deep and worse in seconds. Start early to take advantage of the hard snow. 
 
Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2020-02-21, By: Maximus6004
Info: We didnt make it to the trail head. There was a woman ahead of us and we passed her around 7pm. Our goal was to slog up to the trail head and set up camp and summit today. Everything was good. We pretty much broke trail the entire way up, until we hit the willows. We started post holing and even fell into the small rivers. So frozen and cold we rushed to get camp set up. We stuck the pole all the way down still didnt hit the ground. Its pretty deep snow. The woman we talked to said she was on 12 hours and we passed her at tge 2.7 mile marker by the second river crossing. She probably ended up at 14 or 15 total for the day. She also said she needed to pass a technical part with crampons and an ice axe, and went over an avy spot to get there. So if you go just be wary of that. The san juans are supposed to get a ton of snow tonight anyways. The road up to the 4x4 road is clear. Once you hit the 4x4 its snow shoes. Although its crusty at the bottom. The higher you go the more snow after 2.7 miles around a few corners you have a bit of avy terrain with some snow balls plowing down. Right after that the drifts and post holing expected. Its pretty crumbly and shit. 
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Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2019-12-08, By: morgansperry
Info: The road to the summer trailhead is completely snowed in, so we had to park at the winter trailhead. There was a lot of snow on the route and there is definitely some avalanche danger, there's a very hard, wind crusted layer over a soft layer. We made it to about 1.5 miles from the summit before we turned around. It was extremely windy, we estimated gusts of 30-40 mph. But we were able to ski/skin the entire way back to the car. We had 3 river crossings but there were snow bridges on all of them. Photo 1: About 200 feet from where we turned around, looking downslope. Photo 2: Where we turned around. You can see the peak in the very back of the photo. Photo 3: Me skinning out. The road has a lot of ups and downs and we found it a lot easier to keep our skins on the entire way out. Photo 4: Uncompaghre Peak. Photo 5: 3.3 miles from the winter TH. 
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Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2019-10-31, By: markf
Info: Enough snow to make microspikes useful, but no need for snowshoes/skis. The trail was for the most part easy to find. 
 
Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2019-09-30, By: wintersage
Info: I started from the Matterhorn Creek TH and reached the South Ridge from the Wetterhorn side. The whole route was dry and basically summer conditions. 
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Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2019-09-01, By: Squirrellysquirrel
Info: Started at Nellie Creek TH, took a 4-wheeler up there, found the road a bit gnarly, but some Subies made it up. Summer conditions with easy-to-cross stream beds. Hiked up, ran down in trail runners. Moderate trail traffic. Perfect weather. 
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Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2019-08-26, By: Flyingfish
Info: Didn't climb but the basin is snow free and from 13158 the trail looks dry to the summit. 
 
Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2019-08-06, By: nagodekar
Info: Did this on August 5, 2019 from Nellie Creek 4WD trailhead. For a 14er, this hike is quite easy and straightforward. Apart from a 2 plus scramble for 50 feet when you get close to the top, this is a solid class one all the way. It was clear and you could easily see as far as Mount Wilson and beyond. Very green. Incredible flowers. Two minor snow fields. No micro spikes needed. Biggest stress was getting to Nellie Creek 4WD trailhead, that I will post in the trailheads report. 
 
Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2019-07-24, By: S-Parx
Info: Summer conditions except for one or two small snowfields. I came via Matterhorn TH and a few more snowfields on the high plateau. Axe/spikes are overkill, even pre-dawn super easy to walk through as its on flatish trail. 
 
Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2019-07-21, By: JQDivide
Info: Nearly summer conditions. Crossed at least a half dozen short snow fields before the ridge. Didn't use spikes. Really don't need them, just watch your step. Trail was muddy in places with some snow melt. Ridge to summit was dry. 
 
Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2019-07-15, By: spanish_biology
Info: Nellie's creek is very full due to the snow melt, could not drive over it at the first creek crossing (1.8 mi) into the 4wd road to the TH. We did see a truck and a 4Runner make it across, but didn't chance it with our Ford Escape. This is the biggest obstacle to getting up Uncompaghre. We built a bridge of logs and crossed on foot, hiking the rest of the 4wd road to the TH. From here, the peak has a few big snow fields that either need to be crossed or walked around. We didn't need an ice axe/crampons or any winter gear, but they would have been helpful (not necessary). We summited along with a few other groups. 
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Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2019-07-13, By: syoung123
Info: Logs are gone at first crossing. I was solo and wasn't comfortable fording either on foot or in my stock 4runner. Kind of tough to judge depth, crossing conditions since it's still rushing, but does appear down from last week. There was a vehicle parked at the creek crossing, so appears it is doable. 
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Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2019-07-08, By: bludwig
Info: The first creek crossing is virtually impassable unless by ATV (as a couple proved Saturday morning). 4 WD vehicles can drive a few miles up the road but the parking area is small. There are several steep snowfields in the approach that deviate from the trail slightly but there are plenty of bootpack/post hole trails to follow. Microspikes were very helpful in getting up and the glissades down were wonderful. From the base of the mountain to summit is all dry and the gully is safe. Photo 1 is the first creek crossing from below, park below this crossing. Photo 2 is the first creek crossing from above. Photo 3 is the approach to the mountain before the snowfields. 
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Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2019-07-07, By: taylorharris50
Info: Still a good amount of snow but frozen solid with an early start. Used spikes for some steeped sections. Started at lower TH for around 16 miles RT. Nellie's Creek road impassable by vehicle due to flooding. 2 creek crossings on fallen trees. 
 
Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2019-07-09, By: traviskrings
Info: Just before half way up the Nellie Creek 4x4 road to the main trail head the creek crossing is seriously rutted out, so I parked before that. I don't think anyone is driving all the way to the trail head without a serious 4x4 machine. You cross a lot of snow on the route and it is still deep. I was off the summit by 7:30am and just started to post hole a bit right at the end on my way down. I would recommend a very early start to avoid a miserable day of post holing. 

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