Typically overshadowed by the popularity of Engineer Pass and other San Juan trails, Nellie Creek is one of the lesser-known trails off the Alpine Loop. This trail offers superb dispersed camping and provides access to one of Colorado's 58 14'ers, the 14321-foot Uncompaghre Peak. Its proximity to the wilderness boundary makes this an excellent trail for viewing wildlife, including deer, moose, and all of the famous wildflowers that high-country Colorado is known for. If you are looking for secluded camping off the Alpine Loop or want to get out and explore the Uncompaghre Wilderness on foot, don't miss Nellie Creek.
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