Didn't want to do Missouri Gulch for the 3rd time so found the Cloyses Lake TH. So glad I did! Beautiful camping near the lake. Descended by way of the scree slope which saved time but my dog Kaya didn't like it too much!
Dedicated this one to my Dad who passed away in l992. His home state was of course, Missouri. Left Missouri Gulch trailhead at 6:30am and was on top at 11:35am. Ridge walk seem scary as this was only my 4th 14er.
Left work in Denver at 3pm, started hiking at 615pm. Gained the Missouri summit ridge just as the sun set. Summitted about 30 minutes later. Descended under a full moon. One of the most beautiful and memorable hikes.
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.
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.
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!
Another beautiful day in the Sawatch. The gulch was beautiful and was a great hike!
Ascended on my way over from Harvard back in the day.
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!
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.
Certainly more interesting than Oxford or Belford
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.
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.
Was a great day climbing. Summited late due to a late start. had a really fun trip up the west ridge
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.
Just followed the standard route all the way to the top.
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.
Pulled off a triple or quad?. Missouri to Belford to Oxford to Belford. Over 7,000 vertical in a day!
Nice trail and good switchbacks. The weather turned threatening so no dawdling.