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Uncompahgre Peak - Highest 14er in the San Juans

9 miles northwest of Lake City, Uncompahgre Peak is located in the Uncompahgre Wilderness, in the northern San Juan Mountains. The Ute word Uncompaghre loosely translates to "dirty water" or "red water spring" and is likely a reference to the many hot springs in the vicinity of Ouray, Colorado. Uncompahgre isn't easily seen from paved roads so full views of the peak are reserved for those who climb it or surrounding peaks.

Climbing the standard route on Uncompahgre isn't too difficult since it's Class 2 but you'll need to either walk or drive the rugged 4WD road to reach the Nellie Creek Trailhead. From the 4WD trailhead, the hike to the summit is 3,000 feet of elevation gain and 7.5 miles roundtrip. It's a beautiful hike with spectacular views from from Uncompahgre's broad, flat summit.
  360° Panorama from the summit of Uncompahgre Peak.
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Uncompahgre seen from Wetterhorn Peak.
Uncompahgre and Wetterhorn Peaks.
Uncompahgre from tree line.
Wetterhorn and Uncompahgre from Slumgullion Pass.
Taken during a hike on Uncompahgre.
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Wetterhorn Peak (far left) and Uncompahgre Peak seen from Handies Peak.
Wetterhorn Peak and Uncompahgre seen from Slumgullion Pass.
Uncompahgre seen while hiking Redcloud and Sunshine.
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Hiking Uncompahgre Peak.
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Uncompahgre from Wetterhorn Peak.
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Uncompahgre at sunrise.
Hiking Uncompahgre Peak.
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Uncompahgre from Redcloud Peak.
Uncompahgre from Slumgullion Pass.
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