Colorado 14er peak questions, condition requests and other info.
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Can these two 14ers be done in one day from the Matterhorn Creek trail head? Has anyone done this, if so what time did you start, finish, etc...
It can be done, but is a long haul. The distance is not insane, but you have to decend quite a bit (a few thousand feet) in elevation between the two. If you are an experienced hiker and get an early start you should be ok.
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I have done it with matterhorn too...it is a long day and it helps if you can come off the west side of Uncompahgre...I can't remember the times but it was 12+ hours
We did but not from the parking lot. we had a camp did our alpine start and got them both with a nap inbetween. Do wetterhorn first. There are some alternatives to the long easy uncomphagre standard route that would cut your time and distance dramatically.
On 8/23/08, I departed the 2wd Matterhorn Creek TH at 0430 and summited Wetterhorn at 0730. Climbing back down Wetterhorn I could make out a faint trail that cuts across the base of Matterhorn Peak which I subsequently took once I left the rocky lower slopes of Wetterhorn. This faint trail joins the old road route to Uncompahgre. After an hour on this road I started hearing voices. Kept thinking the sound was coming from the summit. Nope, turned out to be from a downslope flock of sheep. At one point I was joined by a couple of the sheep herding dogs. The trek up to Uncompahgre is a long tiring grind. Summited at 1200 and made it back to the car at 1530. Long day, but well worth the effort.
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What are the conditions like right now? Snowshoes, crampons needed?
kmclimber wrote:Can these two 14ers be done in one day from the Matterhorn Creek trail head? Has anyone done this, if so what time did you start, finish, etc...
TalusMonkey and I started at 2:00 AM and it took us about 11 hrs. We decided to do Uncompahgre first because it would be easier to hike the further distance to it in the dark. I think we were around 13,000 ft. or so on Uncompahgre when the sun came up.
Although there are more direct routes between the two, I still found it faster,although longer, to stick to the trail for all but Matterhorn which doesn't really have a trail. It seemed like all the people taking the more direct route were spending alot of time navigating nasty talus.
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