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odysseusRoute Climbed: Missouri Gulch Date Climbed: July 27, 2004  Sucess!


A real grind up to the basin. The trail through the basin is a pleasant hike followed by another grind up to the NW ridge. There is no marker where the Elkhead Pass trail splits to the right up the ridge, just turn right. The final approach is a fun down and up around some rock formations. Fantastic views from the top of the surrounding 14ers.
Posted Aug 2, 2004 2:55 pm

SaintgrizzlyRoute Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: September, 1994  Sucess!


Very distinctive ridge-top to this nice mountain. Definitely my favorite of the Missouri/Belford/Oxford trio. Wind was beginning to whip around on top, and later that night it snowed, with the wind really cranking the next day on Belford and Oxford. Climbed with Aaron Johnson and Mark Anderson--Mark had to return home, and so couldn't hang around for Belford and Oxford the next day.
Posted Jul 27, 2004 11:17 pm

scvanmRoute Climbed: NW Ridge - North Face "C" Couloir Descent Date Climbed: July 15, 2004  Sucess!


Very fun climb. We tried for Oxford and Belford also but got turned back by weather.
Posted Jul 17, 2004 7:10 pm

ChrisRoute Climbed: North Face Couloirs Date Climbed: June 20, 2004  Sucess!


Nice day, but the snow was very soft from a week of rain and warmer weather. Deep postholing until we reached about 13,100' in the couloir then it firmed up a bit, where it was somewhat shaded. Higer up, around 13,600, the postholing resumed where the snow was melting down to the rocks. Overall great hike, nice area, beautiful scenery.
Posted Jun 21, 2004 12:52 am

DaveCRoute Climbed: N ridge Date Climbed: june 98  Sucess!


made my own route, leaving elk head early. nice ridge walk,and the most interesting of the 3 14ers from this basin.
Posted May 21, 2004 9:10 pm

sbkelleyRoute Climbed: Northwest Ridge Date Climbed: June 2003  Sucess!


After being very tempted to head right up the face and avoid the longer NW Ridge route, we thought better of it (seeing as nobody had ice axes or crampons to negotiate the couloirs with) and headed up the surprisingly fun and scenic ridge to the summit. The intial steep grunt into Missouri Basin will test your legs, so don't think these peaks are cake-walks.
Posted May 12, 2004 6:17 pm

f360driverRoute Climbed: Missouri Gulch Date Climbed: June/03  Sucess!


Fun climb. Chased off summit by weather.
Posted Apr 14, 2004 6:48 pm

hhsilleckRoute Climbed: West Ridge Date Climbed: July 2001  Sucess!


Steep, but better since the CFI trail work. Thanks guys!
Posted Jan 10, 2004 7:19 pm

bdewoodyRoute Climbed: Northwest Ridge Date Climbed: July, 2003  Sucess!


The first 14er of the year is always the hardest.
Posted Dec 3, 2003 6:41 pm

RyanSRoute Climbed: West Ridge Date Climbed: August 24, 2003  Sucess!


We climbed Iowa and Emerald, too, from the Rockdale TH. Great day! A TR is available here.
Posted Aug 25, 2003 11:25 pm

cmccallRoute Climbed: nothwest ridge Date Climbed: august 8 2003  Sucess!
only myself and one other person on this trail today
Posted Aug 10, 2003 4:53 pm

rob_runkleRoute Climbed: Missouri Gulch TH Date Climbed: July 22, 2003  Sucess!


Belford, Oxford, Missouri, Emerald and Iowa. 5 peaks, 16.5 miles, 8180 feet.
Posted Jul 30, 2003 7:09 pm

kilimanjaro1Route Climbed: NW Ridge from Missouri Gulch TH Date Climbed: July 21, 2003  Sucess!


A fun climb for my first 14er of the season. I did this one with my cousin... it was his first 14er attempt ever and a good break in climb for him to introduce him to Colorado 14ers. The grassy slope up was steep, but a good challenge a day after coming from sea level. The ridge to the summit was a blast. Descent was down the scree slope from the big cairn on the summit ridge. A good climb on a fun mountain. I really liked this one!
Posted Jul 29, 2003 6:37 pm

KaneRoute Climbed: Northwest Ridge Date Climbed: 1996  Sucess!


Missouri Mountain is by far the best of the Belford Group. The summit view is very good, much better than many 14ers in the area. The view of the Pine Creek Drainage is magical. Also, the view of Emerald Peak is inspiring enough to make you go and climb it, which I did in 2002. If I were to climb Missouri again would for sure go for the West Ridge Route from the Rockdale TH. I hiked most of this route to climb Iowa Peak and there is a special grassy basin nestled under Missouri's huge west face. It's an intimate location that I will never forget.
Posted May 27, 2003 7:30 pm

DigglerRoute Climbed: 5 September, 1999 Date Climbed: NW Ridge from Elkhead Basin  Sucess!


Starting from the Vicksburg trailhead, got to the top in 3 hrs, 3 min (I hate it when it's just a few minutes past the hour mark!!!). Had already done Oxford and Belford previously (ominous-looking clouds were moving in that first time, so I decided not to try for Missouri), so decided to rest on my laurels and call it a day.
Posted Apr 24, 2003 7:09 pm

chef007Route Climbed: Missouri Gulch Date Climbed: 13 April 2003  Sucess!


This mountain becomes rather hard to do later in the day as the sum melts the snow into slush. There is also no trail to the summit other then the one I broke. Getting to treeline is also somewhat of a problem, 100 yds from treeline the snow gets waist deep, skies are the way to go here and snowshoes dont help at all.
Posted Apr 16, 2003 3:20 pm

big_gRoute Climbed: Northwest Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 22, 2002


Watch out for the marmots in Elkhead Basin! They can be relentless and there is no place to hang food.
Posted Mar 3, 2003 4:20 pm

ColonelpyatRoute Climbed: Missouri Gulch Date Climbed: August 21, 2002  Sucess!


I went on this one with my father. He decided he'd gone far enough when we hit the ridge. I raced up to the top, trying to beat a wall of clouds moving in over Huron. I lost the race and missed out on another chance for a good view.
Posted Feb 28, 2003 4:22 am

GrantRoute Climbed: Clohesy Lake - 10,800 - 5 miles rt Date Climbed: July 7, 2001  Sucess!


This approach was 3,100 feet in 2 ½” miles. The hike got steep fast although it was a grassy slope all the way to the ridge. Once on the ridge we were already at 13,900 feet so it wasn’t that hard except for an area where we had to do a little scrambling.

At the top looking down at Missouri Basin were the views of the prettiest basin's I’ve seen to this date. The other side is Missouri Gulch and it was also pretty.

Missouri Mountain was short but steep. There was nothing technical and the majority of the hike was on tundra grasses. Above timberline this side of the mountain doesn’t have an established trail as of yet, but you can see the route the whole way.

Posted Jan 20, 2003 10:31 am

rmjwintersRoute Climbed: Missouri Gulch Date Climbed: August 3 2001  Sucess!


5 hour roundtrip. Nice day.
Posted Oct 6, 2002 2:27 pm

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