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Date Friday  7/16/2021
End Date Sunday  7/18/2021
Group Denver
Event Title BPX Backpack, Five Pass Loop Tour of the Horns, Uncompahgre Wilderness, 3-day Loop
Start Time 11:00 AM
Status Approved
Leader Robert Dawson
Co-Leader Sharon Dawson
Member Price Free
Available Participants Standby
Waitlist Participants 2
Type Trip
Trip Type Backpack
Pace Moderate
Classification Difficult 
Trail Mileage 18
Elevation Gain 6,400
Driving Distance 500


Meeting location and carpooling info will be provided via email prior to trip date.

For more info Contact

Robert Dawson  303-588-3302

Sharon Dawson   303-238-5035



Description: This is a very beautiful loop hike which circles Wetterhorn and Matterhorn Peaks in the Uncompahgre Wilderness. It climbs over five high passes with endless views of the San Juans. It includes close up views of Uncompahgre Peak.

Here is a photographer's web page for pics from this area:

The following itinerary is very preliminary and subject to change.


Day 1: Starting from FS 870 hike to Matterhorn Creek TH to avoid rough road section from 870 to TH and then hike on Matterhorn Cutoff Trail 245 and and right at junction on Ridge Stock Driveway 233 over a high ridge and past the Matterhorn trail then down and across small creek with whitre mineral deposits to find poles markers for East Fork Trail 228 down the valley. Good camping near shepherds hut and trees. (~5 miles/2100’).

Day 2: Continue west on a primitive trail through the camping  area to descend to the valley and the Matterhorn Trail where you can easily ford creek in late summer and pick-up Middle Fork Trail going uphill - watch for pole markers. Climb over nearly 12,600 foot pass and then steep descent  to a treed area with creek nearby and many camping areas. This would be a good stopping point if lightning is a concern for the next segment  which climbs the Coxcomb Trail 132 approximately 1,500 feet to the pass below Coxcomb Peak (the highpoint of the loop at 12,939 ft) and down to the Middle Fork of the Cimarron River.  Watch for trail along valley ridge or take alternate to east side to avoid exposure but both will descend to more defined trail and into camp just past a small creek.(~5 miles/2,500 feet up and 2,500 feet down’).

Day 3: Continue up the valley and look for Middle Canyon Trail 136 on the right which climbs steeply up the prominent ridge to the south . Climb over and descend into Middle Canyon  to eventual intersection with the Matteron Creek Trail return to  the trailhead and cars (~7.3 miles, 1,800 up and 3,1000 down).

General Requirements: Park at the intersection of USFS Road 870.2a and 870. Drive up to the official trailhead requires a high clearance 4WD. Driving on 870 from Capitol City to the start of 870.2a is very rough and requires slow go - higher clearance like Outback is OK - 4WD not required on 870.




BPX is a community of backpackers who respect, trust, help each other, and honor our commitments. By registering for this trip, you are committing to going on the trip and will cancel only for a true emergency. And if absolutely necessary, you agree to cancel as early as possible so another member may take your place on the trip.



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