Forests. The trail drops over 750-ft. then climbs about 100-ft. to Wetterhorn Creek in 1.6 miles. Read the trip report and download the FREE route guide. The trail drops over 750-ft. then climbs about 100-ft. to Wetterhorn Creek in 1.6 miles. From Matterhorn Creek trailhead, run up Ridge Stock Driveway before coming to a junction at 12,000 ft. 4 beds, 3.25 baths, 4916 sq. Cross a side stream and head west across the basin to a series of switchbacks ascending toward the pass through grassy meadows sprinkled with columbines, Indian paintbrush and buttercups. Run up through the basin, crossing through some rocks while heading left toward the summit ridge. The turn is 1.8 miles past the turnoff to Ridgway (Highway 62). To see Wetterhorn Peak climb a short distance up the ridge to the west or follow the obvious use trail contouring to the west just below the south side of the pass. Back down Wetterhorn Peak, I beelined it to the trail that would lead to Ucompahgre Peak (the upper trail seen on the small loop in the attached map). Wetterhorn Basin Trail travels into the Uncompahgre Wilderness Area and the … For a more intimate view of Wetterhorn Peak follow the trail down the south side of the pass into the basin. Alternatively hike into the basin to the base of Wetterhorn Peak for a more intimate view. Distance from Trailhead: 9.0 miles (round trip). Wetterhorn Peak may just be my favorite 14er yet! After the first mile, the trail travels above timberline. From this vantage point pyramid-shaped Wetterhorn Peak pierces the skyline to the east while distinctive Coxcomb Peak looms to the north. The 4,684 sq. The trail starts at 10,760 feet elevation and climbs for 1,757 feet to West Fork Pass and then descends 667 feet to Wetterhorn Basin. The Mt. From the end of the ridge enjoy stunning views of Wetterhorn Peak towering above the emerald green basin and bird’s eye views into Cow Creek and Wetterhorn creek drainages to the south. As you climb the trail crosses to the west side of the West Fork, now just a pretty stream cascading down the hillside. Region Information: Super fun Class 3 climb. Ouray, CO – Wetterhorn Basin Trail #226 is a moderate to difficult trail that travels 5.8 miles roundtrip to West Fork Pass or 9.0 miles roundtrip to the Wetterhorn Basin. For a more intimate view of Wetterhorn Peak follow the trail down the south side of the pass into the basin. From the 4WD trailhead (see driving directions below) Redcliff and Coxcomb Peaks dominate the view at the head of the valley, rising above flower-filled meadows and spruce-fir forests. Several trails penetrate this wilderness from the north traveling up pretty valleys to scenic passes with dramatic mountain views. Driving directions from Ouray: Head north from Ouray on US Highway 550 for just under 12 miles and turn right (east) onto Owl Creek Road (CR10 - Ouray County 10). Continue up Ridge Stock Driveway before coming to a junction at 12,000 ft. Trail, USFS - Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison Nat. The grade abates briefly then ascends a steep slope of loose talus and boulders. Our destination is the pass to the west of Coxcomb. In my opinion the Wetterhorn Basin trail is the finest hike entering the area from the north. MLS# 3880015. The well-defined trail stays to the left (east) of the West Fork of the Cimarron river, ascending on easy gradient through open meadows before entering the forest at 0.7 miles. Once I picked up the trail, I followed it to the southeast ridge of Uncompahgre Peak. Southwest Colorado. Forests. Once through a brief rocky patch, switchback SW on excellent trail before reaching the ridge around 13,000 ft. ft. house located at 14974 Wetterhorn Peak Trl, PINE, CO 80470 sold for $1,102,000 on Jan 11, 2018. Sneffels range graces the skyline to the west. It then switchbacks, climbing steeply to the top of Wetterhorn Pass. Wildlife, Create Recommended Route or Heading south on Highway 550 near Ridgway a panorama of alluring summits and jagged ridges of the Uncompahgre Wilderness fill the eastern skyline, enticing hikers to explore. The trail starts in open meadow surrounded by spruce/fir and ascends into an open basin in the upper West Fork. Turn left for Wetterhorn Peak Trail (turning right will take you to Uncompahgre Peak). This trail is a popular and very scenic route leading into a remote part of the Uncompahgre Wilderness. View more property details, sales history and Zestimate data on Zillow. This home was built in 2008 and last sold on 8/22/2017 for $1,128,750. Run up through the basin, crossing through some rocks while heading left toward the summit ridge. Few trails boast the stunning view seen from the start of the Wetterhorn Basin hike. Continue over the pass for 0.3 miles to FR 860 (West Fork Road). This opinionated guide includes all the hikes in the Ouray, Telluride, Silverton and Lake City sections of the website plus info on local services and nearby attractions. For more expansive views I recommend hiking down the south side of the pass for about 0.3 miles (losing about 330-ft.) and then heading right (west) across a rocky meadow to an obvious use trail climbing steeply 100-ft. up a ridge jutting into the basin. Along the way the trail crosses side steams and avalanche chutes, emerging at a beautiful alpine basin at the head of the valley in just over 1.6 miles (11,370-ft.). To the north views open to distinctive Courthouse Mountain and Chimney Rock. Beyond the talus the trail climbs a grassy knoll dotted with wildflowers, reaching the West Fork Pass (12,517-ft.) in 2.9-miles after gaining 1,757-ft. Coxcomb Peak rises to the east of the pass. Ft. single family home built in 2006 that sold on 07/18/2016. Distance from Trailhead: 5.8 miles (round trip). Across the valley Precipice, Fortress, Redcliff and Coxcomb peaks punctuate the ridge forming the valley’s eastern wall. The last 1.5 miles of the road are very rocky and crosses a creek, requiring a high clearance/4WD. Openings in the trees provide intermittent views of the surrounding ridges defining the valley. Wildlife, Create Recommended Route or ft. single-family home is a 3 bed, 3.0 bath property. Trail, USFS - Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison Nat. The trail gently ascends the beautiful West Fork Cimarron River valley, wandering through scenic meadows beneath Fortress (13-241-ft.), Redcliff (13,642-ft.) and Coxcomb (13,654-ft.) peaks to the head of the valley, where it climbs a gorgeous alpine basin to West Fork Pass (12,517-ft.). Turn left for Wetterhorn Peak Trail (turning right will take you to Uncompahgre Peak). View 1 photos for 14954 Wetterhorn Peak Trl, Pine, CO 80470 a 5 bed, 7 bath, 3,260 Sq. To the south enjoy great views of the peaks and ridges towering above the Wetterhorn and Cow Creek drainages – but not of Wetterhorn Peak. © HikingWalking.com. Just beyond the pass viewpoints showcase stunning Wetterhorn Peak (14,015-ft.) and the emerald green meadows of Wetterhorn Basin. Along the way enjoy views of Courthouse Mountain and Chimney Rock. Distance from Trailhead: 6.8 miles (round trip). A great lunch spot on the ridge just below the pass offers panoramic views of the basin, the peaks towering above Cow Creek drainage to the southwest and the Sneffels range to the west. (Total round trip from the trailhead to the creek is 9-miles.) Here, I was able to pick up the standard route to the Uncompahgre summit, easy to follow and only including a Class 2 section toward the top. Turn right and follow FR 860 for 3.3 miles to the trailhead with ample parking. The idea is to get above or to the right (west) of a ridge extending from Coxcomb Peak that is blocking the view of Wetterhorn Peak. Along the way CR 10 turns into CR 8 and then FR 858 after crossing into the Uncompahgre National Forest. Follow the signs to Owl Creek Pass (14.9 miles). 14995 Wetterhorn Peak Trl , Pine, CO 80470-9137 is currently not for sale. Uncompahgre Wilderness Area, Uncompahgre National Forest, near Ouray in Southwest Colorado. (Total round trip from the trailhead to the creek is 9-miles.) 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