Peak:  Uncompahgre Peak (14er)
 Route:  South Ridge from Nellie Creek
 Range:  San Juan
 Posted By:  Chicago Transplant
 Date of Info:  05/12/2012
 Date Posted:  05/17/2012

Just a quick note on the standard route on Uncompahgre. I posted a trailhead report as well, but basically there are trees blocking the road about a mile short of the summer trailhead that would require a chainsaw. After that the road is pretty dry, and so is the trail below treeline. We did not use snowshoes and don't think they are really worth it, gaitors are though. Above tree line there is one large cornice blocking the trail but an easy way around to the left and through the snow, then the trail is spotty snow with some of the patches rather long and we did post hole a bit in them (hence gaitors). Once on the ridge crest there are again a couple of snow patches, but they weren't bad and were "pre-postholed" so we just followed the old steps. The crux gully was dry except the dusting from the night before, see image, and then the route above was completely dry as is the summit. Great views as always! I figured people would be interested in knowing what things look like down there to plan for the upcoming Memorial Day, so I included a summit shot looking south towards Handies, Redcloud and Sunshine. As you can see, we had great weather on Uncompahgre, but there was a storm brewing to the south...

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