Peak(s):  Uncompahgre Peak  -  14,309 feet
Date Posted:  07/10/2013
Modified:  07/12/2013
Date Climbed:   07/10/2013
Author:  joetsou
 Uncompahgre-- Nellie Creek  

I am a 61 years old man from Dallas, Texas. I hiked to Uncompahgre summit on July 10, 2013. I drove my 1995 stock 4WD Chevrolet Suburban to the upper Nellie trailhead on July 9th and car-camped there. I started hiking 5:30AM the following morning. It took me 4.5 hours to get to the summit. I consider myself an active flatlander not in the best of shape. If you are an able hiker you should be able to summit in less time. I stayed on the summit for 30 minutes then started hiking back down at 10:30AM. I got back to my car at 1:30PM. The trail was well-marked and not difficult. There was a short section, no more than 200 feet, on the last segment before the summit when the trail winds to the back of the mountain and one would need to use both hands and feet to get up. Be careful, especially on the return leg, if the weather condition is not the best.

By the way, there was no AT&T wireless reception during the entire hike. Not at the trailhead, not during the hike, and not at the summit. One hiker did report a 1-bar Verizon signal strength at the summit. Also, watch the weather closely. I can see flash flood making the stream crossings difficult, or impossible, especially if you drive a low clearance car.

Here is a link to a summit video I uploaded to YouTube:

JMT, July 12, 2013

Thumbnails for uploaded photos (click to open slideshow):

 Comments or Questions

trail map
07/14/2013 02:22
Just curious where you got one.


Trail Map
07/14/2013 04:01
I took a photo of the trail map posted at the trailhead bulletin board.



07/15/2013 03:06
My husband and I will be in Lake City next week and I'm hoping to climb Unc. It will be my first 14er. We are from Abilene by the way.


07/17/2013 14:58
How was the road? I don't have a 4WD but I have a high-clearance SUV that usually handles rough terrain fine. We are heading out there this weekend. Thanks, and great pictures!


High Clearance 2WD SUV Should Be Just Fine
07/17/2013 21:14
Dear 4WD:

As I have posted on the trail head condition section, you should be just fine with your high clearance 2WD SUV all the way to the upper Nellie Creek trail head. Drive slowly (It took me 35 minutes with my Suburban) and watch for the stream crossing. When I crossed the stream on July 9th and 10th the water was just ankle deep. It has rained in the last few days, so the stream crossing might be a bit different. Good luck and happy hiking!!



Any water up high in Nellie Creek?
07/21/2013 00:11
I see a spring on the map, and a creek crossing around 12.5K. Did you see enough water there to filter pump? It's so rare on 14ers to have a water if so. BTW, thanks for posting the map.


Water Along the Way
07/21/2013 00:54
Dear ryga:

You can get water from the small flowing creek up to about 12,500 feet elevation. It was the headwaters of Nellie Creek. You can't miss it because along the creek a profusion of plants are growing and blooming. The Creek runs along the trail from the trailhead on the initial part of the hike. But after it junctions with Trail #233 (the one coming up from Wetterhorn) then there is no water all the way to the top. I would say that from 13,000 feet and above there was NO WATER. When I hiked I carried 1/2 gallon of water plus 16 oz of power drink in my pack, and that was too much.



Thanks Joe
07/25/2013 18:41
I usually move pretty fast (I'll be there this rainy weekend) and carry 3 liters up - one of those is in my belly before before I hike). This saves me from carrying a liter up this one. Much obliged.

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