What a beautiful hike this was, and it was a perfect day for hiking. The weather turned out great, and the scenery was breathtaking. It was such a shame that I forgot my camera!
A beautiful fall day. Summited with Amanda & Bill. We saw about 4 people on the summit while we were on our way up. Other than that, we had the mountain to ourselves. Incredibly beautiful scenery all the way up, which kept getting better the higher we got.
Beautiful Colorado blue sky day. Easy climb in perfect solitude.
Nice weather this day. Climbed Belford afterwards. Aaron also climbed Oxford same day.
Very nice climb - we had wonderful weather. Did this mountain in combination with Iowa and Emerald. There were lots of people on this mountain.
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.
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.
Very fun climb. We tried for Oxford and Belford also but got turned back by weather.
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.
made my own route, leaving elk head early. nice ridge walk,and the most interesting of the 3 14ers from this basin.
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.
Fun climb. Chased off summit by weather.
Steep, but better since the CFI trail work. Thanks guys!
The first 14er of the year is always the hardest.
We climbed Iowa and Emerald, too, from the Rockdale TH. Great day! A TR is available here.
only myself and one other person on this trail today
Belford, Oxford, Missouri, Emerald and Iowa. 5 peaks, 16.5 miles, 8180 feet.
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!
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.
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.