Uncompahgre Peak

Uncompahgre peak is the highest Colorado 14er in the San Juan Range. It has a broad summit plateau, rising about 1,500 feet above the broad surrounding alpine basins. Its distinct shape and easy standard route attracts many summit seekers. The south, east and west sides are not particularly steep, but the north face boasts a 700 foot cliff. Like all peaks in the San Juan Mountains, Uncompahgre is of volcanic origin, but is not a volcano. The rock is of poor quality for climbing, precluding an ascent of the north face.

Uncompahgre Peak SUMMIT LOG peakery first ascent by bfsmith

44 members report climbing or hiking to the summit, most recently on Sep 24, 2014. Below are trip reports and shared pictures from their climbs. Based on the summit log, the most popular climbing routes and hiking trails to the summit are Nellie Creek, From Matterhorn Creek Trailhead and Southwest Slopes Via Matterhorn Creek TH.

Others who’ve summited Uncompahgre Peak

  • bfsmith
  • DandyDon
  • COdeacon
  • BobbyFinn
  • susanjoypaul
  • Teeboy
  • TI83plus
  • Shreddergirl
  • mdedio
  • marmot
  • cponyicky
  • Alpenglo
  • gracefulmel
  • roald
  • EmergingHeart
  • abran.mitchell
  • bmannlein
  • GColorado
  • brianasher

Routes Used trails & approaches

38% Nellie Creek

33% From Matterhorn Creek Trailhead

14% Southwest Slopes Via Matterhorn Creek TH

9% South Ridge from Nellie Creek

4% West Face


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14,315 ft / 4,363 m


4,242 ft / 1,293 m

Height Rank Range

San Juan Mountains


Colorado, United States

Summited by

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  • scott
  • bfsmith
  • DandyDon
  • COdeacon
  • BobbyFinn
  • susanjoypaul
  • Teeboy
  • TI83plus
  • hurdles
  • amadisofgaul
  • andrewmarquis
  • Shreddergirl

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