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GerrySVia NW Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 7, 2007


Did all 3 this day starting with Missouri. My GPS says we climbed a total of 8220 feet. Except for the Couloir's, the snow is basically gone. There is now a pretty well developed trail along the NW Ridge route, much different than my first Missouri climb in 1993.
Posted Jul 9, 2007 8:06 am

jhansen007Via Cloyses Lake TH  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 7, 2007


Clear creek wasn't too high and came up over the lower part of my bumper on my stock 4runner. Make sure you stay left on the first creek crossing--there is a deep hole to the right (Get out and walk the creek first before you cross). Only scraped bottom once or twice on the road on the way up...no problem for most stock 4wd and really easy for vehicles with some lift. Spent the night up at Cloyses lake. We were the only ones camping at the lake...beautiful place to camp. This isn't true car camping though cause the lake is maybe a quarter mile from the end of the road. Bring a backpack or something if you want to haul your camping gear up to the lake.

Met the rest of our group in the morning at the TH and started up the trail just before 9. Steep, but beautifully short. We summitted around 1145. Some storms came in shortly after noon and started to produce some thunder. I bailed on returning back along the west ridge and went south on the other ridge to the saddle there and then dropped down one of the chutes there back into the basin where we came from. I got down over an hour faster than my companions that went back the way we came up. This is a great escape route from the ridge if you get in bad weather as long as you don't mind a little "scree surfing". It wasn't that steep and you would sink into the scree and sand sort of like plunge stepping when snowshoeing. It was nice and easy on my knees. However, its not very low impact as you are knocking rocks down so don't do it unless you really need to for your safety. Fun day. Great easy hike.
Posted Jul 8, 2007 9:30 pm

myroneFrom Clohesy Lake TH  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 2, 2007


Started up at 5:10AM and reached the summit at 8:10 occupied by "Dave" and his two dogs, very good weather with fine views of many peaks all around. Stayed about 20 mins then back down to the car by 10:56AM, not a soul on this trail today. My 28th 14'er.....sweet!
Posted Jul 8, 2007 9:55 am

heather14Northwest Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 30, 2007


Another beautiful day in the Sawatch. The gulch was beautiful and was a great hike!
Posted Jul 1, 2007 8:50 pm

Scott RogersBackside Climb  Sucess!

Scott Rogers

Ascended on my way over from Harvard back in the day.
Posted Jun 25, 2007 8:24 pm

shanrickvNorthwest Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 26, 2007


Climbed in the snow with fellow SPers Robert LeClair and Alan Arnette. Very challenging after a heavy winter that seems to not want to quit. My 20th 14er with 34 to go!
Posted May 27, 2007 3:37 pm

Sarah SimonReally don't remember the route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 14, 2003

Sarah Simon

Hiked this mountain with a nice group of women. Enjoyed the views, plenty of late-season snow, and some grizzled-old mountain man and his dog on the summit.
Posted May 9, 2007 6:09 pm

boisedoclast Sawatch 14er  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 3, 2000


Certainly more interesting than Oxford or Belford
Posted Dec 17, 2006 4:58 pm

cftbqMO Gulch, NW ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2001


Went back to re-climb Oxford and Belford with my wife and daughter. (I had first climbed them back in September of 1976.) Basically on the spur of the moment, after climbing up to a campsite in Missouri Gulch, we all decided to try an afternoon climb of Missouri. We made it, in beautiful late summer sunshine, summitting about 5 pm. The ridge is fantastic. My daughter's first 14er, my wife's 4th, and my 14th.
Posted Dec 13, 2006 7:35 pm

RMdaytripsgrlMissouri Gulch  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 15, 2006


A really pretty hike. In the trees is a bit grueling, but isn't every Sawatch in treeline? The ridge traverse is fantastic. I really like the rock on the top with the geological survey marker on it. Something satisfying about sitting right on it to eat lunch.
Posted Aug 16, 2006 6:54 pm

DudeThatMustHurtBest day out  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 15, 2006


Was a great day climbing. Summited late due to a late start. had a really fun trip up the west ridge
Posted Aug 16, 2006 4:41 pm

kylerlottThe big threesome  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2006


Hiked Missouri's west ridge, not to bad once you get into the actual gulch. The swithcbacks were a little tough, but once we made it to the base of Missouri it wasn't to bad. We also did Belford and Oxford on the same day. Lots of miles and elevation, we started at 3:40am and finished around 2pm, so you definately want to get an early start to hit all three summits.
Posted Aug 14, 2006 10:15 pm

ClearSkiesAheadUp Missouri Gulch  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2006


Just followed the standard route all the way to the top.
Posted Aug 12, 2006 7:17 pm

belexesMissouri Gulch/Missouri Mountain Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 5, 2006


I got started around 7 AM and reached the summit around 10:45. The weather was pretty crummy: mostly cloudy and rainy on the way back. For most of the day the mountain was shrouded in fog...and in mystery, but fortunately the Missouri Mountain Trail is well constructed any easy to follow all the way to the top. As if on cue, the fog lifted somewhat once I reached the summit, so we had a decent view of the surrounding mountains. There were a few marmots running around in the upper reaches of Missouri Gulch. Missouri doesn't seem as difficult as the Belford/Oxford combo that I did almost a year ago.
Posted Aug 6, 2006 7:56 pm

sskeepTriple!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 21, 2006


Pulled off a triple or quad?. Missouri to Belford to Oxford to Belford. Over 7,000 vertical in a day!
Posted Jul 27, 2006 1:50 am

seth@LOKInice Views  Sucess!


Nice views
Posted Jul 26, 2006 8:04 pm

lindasyhMissouri Gulch TH, Ascend NW Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 23, 2003


Nice trail and good switchbacks. The weather turned threatening so no dawdling.
Posted Jul 24, 2006 10:33 pm

crzyjtStandard Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 16, 2006


The start of a long day. Followed Missouri with Iowa, Emerald, Oxford, and finished with Belford.
Posted Jul 17, 2006 3:18 am

ElliottDavisMissouri Gulch  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 28, 2006


Windy? Don't go up to the ridge too soon like I did! I spent a long time up there; brrr. The wind blew me flat twice and blew my pack off the ridge and down the C Couloir. Fortunately I had already made plans to glissade down; my pursuit was successful.
Posted Jun 26, 2006 3:19 am

GahugafugaC Couloir  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 3, 2006


Sweet snow climb. Even sweeter glissade back down the NW ridge route.
Posted Jun 20, 2006 7:05 pm

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