Uncompahgre Peak Trail #239
ElevationAscent: 2,822' 860 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 14,248' 4,343 m
Low: 11,426' 3,483 m
GradeAvg Grade: 14% (8°)
Max Grade: 50% (27°)
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“A challenging run up San Juan Monarch 14er Uncompahgre Peak.”— Tyler Prince
At 0.9 miles it reaches the junction with the Big Blue Creek Trail #232 and starts to climb steadily to the west. Approximately one mile past the Big Blue Creek Trail junction, the trail heads south toward the south ridge of Uncompahgre Peak.
From here it's only about a mile to the summit (but also around 1,500 ft gain). Run up a steep dirt trail, following some switchbacks. These will stay just left of the mesa-like formation of Uncompahgre's summit. Pass through a steep, rocky portion before gaining the south ridge at 13,800 ft.
From here, the trail disappears behind the ridge, hugging Uncompahgre's west side. Come to about 200 ft of class 2+ rock, the crux of the run. After making it through this loose, steep section, come to a flat area just below the summit. There may be multiple trail segments here, but they all lead to the same place. Pick a path, angle up toward the right past the final 100 ft of gain, and reach the top. Uncompahgre has a unique, flat summit, similar to but even larger than Longs Peak's football-field-like table top.
From here, you may head back to Matterhorn Creek or, if time permits, head back to the junction to run Wetterhorn Peak (it is recommended this double be done with Wetterhorn first - it's closer to the trailhead, so you're more likely to summit at least one peak should bad weather hit).
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