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UPDATESWhat we've been doing
- 10 Frequently Asked Questions on Quandary Peak (questions towards our two-person trail crew)
– August 29, 2016
Q: What’s with the bags of dirt? Where does the dirt come from? A: These bags of dirt that hikers often see on the side … Read More
- From Youth Corps to Crew Leader
– August 22, 2016
Over the past seven weeks CFI Project Managers on Mt. Columbia have had the pleasure of working along side an 11 person crew from Rocky … Read More
- An Intern’s First Season of Trail Work
– August 19, 2016
In the past I’ve come to the mountains expecting the spectacular. The larger-than-life views, epic hikes, and extreme environments. Guessing at which mountain critters I’ll … Read More
- Non-Natives in Chicago Basin
– August 15, 2016
Enter the Chicago Basin in the Weminuche Wilderness and delve deep into the home of many Colorado inhabitants. Black bear, mule deer, elk and mountain … Read More
- Elevation:14,309 feet (6th highest)
- Maps:USGS Quads: Uncompahgre Peak and Wetterhorn Peak
Trails Illustrated® – TOPO Map # 141
Click here to purchase Trails Illustrated® maps for this route.
- Contact:US Forest Service, Gunnison Ranger District (970) 641-0471
Our Work CFI completed major trail construction and restoration on Uncompahgre Peak from 2007-2009. Due to annual traffic on this peak, the standard route is maintained regularly by CFI and partner organizations.
Recommended Route Nellie Creek Route—use of this route will help to reduce impacts to this Fourteener’s fragile alpine environment. For detailed route information including photos, maps, and elevation profiles, click here.
Route Information and Additional Resources The trailhead is approximately 6 miles west of Lake City, CO. The Nellie Creek road becomes a foot trail at the Uncompahgre Wilderness Boundary. The trail is well traveled and easy to follow as it goes west to the southeast ridge of Uncompahgre. The US Forest Service constructed this trail in 1997.
For route descriptions check guidebooks on Colorado’s Fourteeners Keep in mind that not all guidebooks will list this recommended route and that each guidebook’s description or route name may vary slightly. We suggest checking multiple guidebooks before departing on any hike.
Peak Specific Environmental and Safety Concerns Due to sensitivity of the alpine environment, it is critical that climbers stay on the trail. Do not cut switchbacks. There is an endangered species along this trail. Hikers are encouraged not to camp along the trail. Camp below the trailhead.
Dispose of Waste Properly. There is a toilet at the trailhead, hikers are encouraged to use it. If unable to use the toilet, please use proper Leave No Trace practices (i.e. below timberline, bury waste in a “cat hole” and pack out toilet paper. Above timberline, pack out all solid human and dog waste.)
No butterfly collecting is allowed in this area.
Please travel in small groups. Group size should not exceed 25 (including pack animals).