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|2015-07-01||Route: South Ridge from Nellie Creek
Info: Hiked today, route is close to summer conditions with scattered mud and patches of soft snow, the hard freeze is over here, no need for snow gear but gaiters are nice. The flowers are all starting to fill in and the high alpine meadows are beautiful. The creek crossings are still running moderately high (channel about 18" on the lower crossing, about 8-12" on the upper crossing) on the drive up to the 4WD TH, but are doable with high clearance. It‘s actually been pretty dry in the area and there is more risk of high-centering your vehicle in the ruts on a few of the turns if you have a longer wheelbase 4WD vehicle (we have a 4Runner and parked just after the 2nd creek crossing because of some tight rutted and loose switchbacks).
|2015-06-28||Route: South Ridge from Nellie Creek
Info: We walked up from the start of the Nellie Creek road. Two major washouts. Other than that, the worst of the road is early on. We saw a sampling of 4wd vehicles at the upper trailhead. Lots of snowfields on the way up, starting just above 12,000‘. Postholed a lot on the ascent (we were first up today), but by the time we were coming down, it had been packed pretty well by other ascenders. I used spikes; my hiking partner used spikes and axe. No snow on the hard/fun part starting at 13,800‘, and no noticeable snow above that. Last running water is at about 12,600‘.
|2015-06-20||Route: South Ridge from Nellie Creek
Info: We did the peak from the 2wd TH. The snow is melting very quickly and I doubt that snowshoes will be necessary by next weekend. There is one snow drift near 13,600‘ that was like quicksand. Arthur was unable to dig himself out of the muck, and I permanently lost a shoe trying to save him.
|2015-06-17||Route: South Ridge from Nellie Creek
Info: Made the summit. Bring your snowshoes and expect to post-hole even with them on in some spots. Snow is wet and heavy right now. Right around 13,300‘ we had a few sections that proved challenging, do to the wet snow, but doable. Right close to 13,800‘ you have one or two small drifts to navigate but then its all clear.
|2015-06-08||Route: West Slopes- Matterhorn Cr.
Info: Did the Wetterhorn-Uncompahgre combo yesterday afternoon, yes afternoon. Snow is wet and heavy but doable right now. Slides are happening in most directions-snow is melting fast. Handies in the morning, Redcloud and Sunshine last night under the stars (6/7/15).
|2015-05-17||Route: South Ridge from Nellie Creek
Info: Drove up to 10,500 / 7.3 from the milage start. Cleared the road of boulders and slide debris up to 10,500. Above 10,000 feet you will find manageable snow drifts and very muddy sharp turns. Frequent snow drifts hiking above 10,500. Solid 3 foot pack above 11,000. No visibility to see avy conditions above of 12,500.
|2015-05-17||Route: South Ridge from Nellie Creek
Info: Didn‘t summit Umcompaghre Peak, was turned around by high winds and low temps at 12.5k. Was able to drive to within 2 miles of the 4WD trailhead before being stopped by deep snow. The area is packed with snow above 11k. I have attached a picture of the second creek crossing, to illustrate the snow depth.
|2015-04-19||Route: South Ridge from Nellie Creek
Info: More new snow than I thought there‘d be, despite the forecast for the recent storm favoring the northern mountains more. Recommend flotation and microspikes. Summit plateau was mostly dry. Skiable from 13,800‘ on the south ridge to maybe a mile below the 4WD TH and on longer north facing sections of the road
|2014-10-11||Route: South Ridge from Nellie Creek
Info: No snow until about 13,500. Snow was knee deep and just a few places were iced over. We used microspikes and walking poles. Didn‘t need ice axe or crampons.
|2014-09-11||Route: South Ridge from Nellie Creek
Info: 4 wheel in to Nelie Trailhead. Road was muddy from heavy rains two days earlier. In good shape. Recommendation of high clearance vehicles is a good one. Both streams were low, no worries. Trail in excellent condition on the hike. Few few areas on the South Face going up, frozen from the night temperatures. Melted by the time of descent. Starting to see fall colors. Beautiful weather. 5 hours round trip from the trailhead. 14 hour day from my home in Ridgway, through MONTROSE and Lake City. Randy
|2014-07-13||Route: South Ridge from Nellie Creek
Info: There are still a handful of short (not more than 50 yards or so) snow sections along the trail, particularly near 12,400‘ and again near 12,800‘. We did not need traction or experience any post-holing. Stream crossings were not difficult.
|2014-06-28||Route: South Ridge from Nellie Creek
Info: No traction devices necessary. There are some lingering snowpatches. Most can be bypassed; the rest have nice trenches. Some minimal postholing.
|2014-06-16||Route: Matterhorn TH Approach and West Face
Info: These pics are from my June 1st ascent. I‘m sure the snow has consolidated much since then. Starting early for my trip avoided a lot of postholing.
|2014-06-03||Route: Southwest Slopes from Matterhorn Creek Trailhead
Info: Lots of snow up there! Great conditions for ski touring on Wetterhorn or Uncompahgre. Trails are almost completely covered in snow and creeks are running high. Postholing unavoidable on return below treeline, glad to bring snowshoes. Morning snow frozen above treeline, good for walking on surface and cramponing up bowls. I took the variant (27.2V) in Roach‘s 14ers book). Mostly snow covered route. Snowy slopes above thru short cliff bands to summit. East slopes awesome for a ski/snowboard descent. West face still good for a ski descent as well.
|2013-09-28||Route: View from Redcloud
Info: Lots of snow on Uncompahgre and Wetterhorn after Friday‘s storm.
|2013-09-07||Route: South Ridge from Nellie Creek
Info: Summer conditions. Great easy hike. My boys had a lot of fun hiking this one. Also, did Wetterhorn- see PC. The 4WD road up was also good. Got to the 4WD trailhead from Lake City in just under an hour in a Pathfinder. Saw a couple of Subaru‘s up there too, which I thought was a little surprising.
|2013-08-17||Route: South Ridge from Nellie Creek
Info: Trail is in good condition with no snow or problems. Plenty of water lower down. Pack trail across to Matterhorn and Wetterhorn is in excellent shape as well.
|2013-08-11||Route: South Ridge from Nellie Creek
Info: Crux section just below summit plateau covered in snow and ice from storms previous day. Route finding more difficult and extra care required, particularly on descent. This section is fairly sheltered and snow did not appear to be melting at all on our descent as it was on other sections further down the trail.
|2013-06-26||Route: South Ridge from Nellie Creek
Info: Trail is completely snow free. No special gear needed. There appeared to be a brand new fire to the north though (on the left of picture one, as seen from the summit). Check on the condition of that fire before hiking.
|2013-06-23||Route: South Ridge from Matterhorn
Info: Ran Uncompahgre from Matterhorn Creek on Sunday 6/23/13. The trail is in pristine condition and you‘ll only cross a few small snow patches enroute to the peak, nothing more than 10-15ft across. The trail is mostly dry with a few marshy sections. Photo #1: Looking up at Uncompahgre from the Nellie Creek Jct. Photo #2: Upper slope of Uncompahgre and the short rock hop section. Photo #3: Looking back from the Nellie Creek Jct toward Matterhorn/Wetterhorn.