Wetterhorn Peak Trail #9256
ElevationAscent: 1,995' 608 m
Descent: -18' -5 m
High: 13,966' 4,257 m
Low: 11,972' 3,649 m
GradeAvg Grade: 22% (12°)
Max Grade: 72% (36°)
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“This trail offers pure world class hiking and scrambling to the top of 14er Wetterhorn Peak.”— Tyler Prince
Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife
While the land manager requests dogs be leashed, they probably don't intend for Fido to be scrambling about the rocks near the summit. Few dogs can cover this quasi-technical terrain.
Hike up through the basin, crossing through some rocks while heading left toward the summit ridge. Once through a brief rocky patch, switchback SW on excellent trail before reaching the ridge around 13,000 ft.
Follow the trail, more or less ridge proper, before you reach some yellow dirt on the trail. This brief change in soil marks the end of the easier terrain. The path drops left of the ridge and then becomes unclear. You should be able to see "the Prow," a sharp and jagged rock formation appearing like a fin below the summit. Your goal is to scramble up just to its right. Once at the Prow, you'll come to a V-notch in the rock. Scramble either left or right, then turn left and hike toward a flat dirt area surrounded by rock formations at 13,800 ft. The summit is up and to the right.
Continue north through a notch in the rock before reaching a set of large stone steps to your right. This natural formation makes for a fun scramble right below the top. Some more adventurous hikers may opt to simply scramble around here until they top out. There's plenty of fun climbing and lots of exposure to be had. Stay within your comfort zone! Top out and enjoy the views from Wetterhorn's flat and large summit. This is a great spot for a 14er finishing party.
From the summit, head back down to the Matterhorn Creek trailhead, or head back to the junction with Ridge Stock Driveway to hike Uncompahgre Peak as well.