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Missouri, Iowa and Emerald
Trip Report

Missouri, Iowa and Emerald


Page Type: Trip Report

Location: Colorado, United States, North America

Object Title: Missouri, Iowa and Emerald

Date Climbed/Hiked: Jun 26, 2010

Activities: Hiking, Scrambling

Season: Summer


Page By: mattpayne11

Created/Edited: Jul 2, 2010 / Jul 2, 2010

Object ID: 633962

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An Overview

The Sawatch Range of Colorado is known for its long, gentle giants such as Mount Elbert, Mount Massive, etc. It would also seem that most visitors to this area of the state are solely interested in climbing only the 14ers, due to the popular sport it has become to summit all of the 14ers in Colorado. I must admit that I have been caught up in this craze myself; however, one of my favorite climbing past-times is to spend time tackling some of the lesser-known 13ers.

To start off, here is a break-down of relevant numbers from the trip:

Missouri Mountain: 14,067 ft (ranked 36th in Colorado)

Iowa Peak: 13,831 ft (soft-ranked)

Emerald Peak: 13,904 ft (ranked 71st in Colorado)

Total elevation gain: 5,612 ft.

Total distance hiked: 13.44 miles

Total time hiking: 10 hours, 10 minutes

Total photos taken: 554

Total wildlife sightings: 2 (marmot and beaver)

Total distance driven: 124 miles

Trip duration: 27 hours

This is a wonderful and challenging hike about 2 and a half hours away from Colorado Springs, with excellent views and solitude (once off of Missouri Mountain).

To read the full trip report, including over 80 photos, CLICK HERE!


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