Uncompahgre Wilderness Trip

Uncompahgre Wilderness


September 6-9, 2022





elevation gain & Loss

1600ft (req.)
5000ft (optional)

Total mileage

10 (req.)
20 (optional)


Wetterhorn basin, Coxcomb Peak, Wetterhorn Peak, Incredible Wildflowers, Uncompahgre Peak, Beautiful basin head waters of the middle fork of Cimarron River



This four day base camp trip is into one of the least traveled wildernesses in the San Juan’s. It starts along the East Fork of the Cimarron River and it is a 5 mile hike to our camp at the base of Coxcomb Peak (elevation gain 1600ft.). There are two amazing day hikes available on this trip. The first is a hike into Wetterhorn Basin which is a strenuous hike over a 12,900 feet pass just below Coxcomb Peak into the basin at the base of the 14,000 ft. Wetterhorn Peak. A 8 mile round trip with elevation gain and loss of 2,750 feet. The second day hike is over to the headwaters of the East Fork of the Cimarron River to the pass at 12,500 feet with wonderful views of Matterhorn, Uncompahgre, and Wetterhorn Peaks, elevation gain and loss 2,400 ft.

Detailed: Middle Fork of the Cimarron River


Uncompahgre Wilderness

This region is often and accurately referred to as “The Little Switzerland of America” for its phenomenal scenery. Featuring one of the most unique and distinctive panoramas in Colorado, the Uncompahgre region is remarkable. With the neighboring communities Ouray, Ridgway, and Lake City it encompasses 102,721 acres. With 110 miles of trails, we take advantage of the Cimarron River as well as Coxcomb Peak. The rugged prominent peaks ascend above deep valleys and lay a backdrop that is spectacular. This includes two fourteeners: Wetterhorn and Uncompahgre. Our trips include two camps at timberline; the second is near the Wetterhorn Basin and arguably our favorite in the San Juan’s! As a wildlife hotspot we often encounter herds of elk and big horn sheep while exploring this territory. The cascading summits and astounding landscapes are guaranteed to impress


Trip Highlight Video



Our trips originate in the high mountain town of Silverton, Colorado (elevation 9,316 feet) which is a historic mining town boasting gorgeous Victorian architecture. It’s renowned for its mountainous beauty and vivid alpine landscape, truly a postcard setting. Located in the heart of the San Juan Mountains of Southwest Colorado it’s self-contained with a wide variety lodging options. Whether budget conscious, or looking for something higher end, there are accommodations suited for all tastes. The dining scene is also nicely varied with many choices (www.silvertoncolorado.com).

It is highly recommended that clients come at least a few days ahead of time to acclimate to the altitude. The nearby local airports are either Durango La Plata CO (DRO) or Montrose Telluride, CO (MTJ), and the closest major airports are Albuquerque International, NM (ABQ) or Denver International, CO. (DEN). There are many activities the surrounding areas provide, including but not limited to: exceptional hiking, jeep or ATV rentals to explore the remote high country, Mesa Verde National Park, Narrow Gauge Railroad from Durango to Silverton train ride, mountain bike rentals and alpine slide at Purgatory, and outings to the nearby towns of Ouray (home of the famous natural hot springs!), the plush resort town of Telluride, and the historic town of Durango.

Our headquarters are located in Silverton at 1708 Greene St. There is an orientation meeting the night before the trip at 6 PM where the clients meet their guides, go over the details of the trip; they also receive their panniers (llama bags) which they take back to their hotel to pack up their gear that evening. The next morning at 8:30 the trip departs from the HQ (parking for clients cars available) to the trailhead. The trips return at 2-3 PM on the last day.