We believe our GPS system "wronged" us as it said that we did 1,300 vertical in just over a half mile... it was steep, I suppose that could be right?! Snow dusted, collected, and iced some of the rock on the ridge and the winds were brutally cold- but it was a great day for a 1st timer, a 20th ascenter, a "marathon" runner, and I myself as I closed out the Collegiates and reached the official 14er halfway point!
This was my first class 3 accent. I do not recommend climbing this route when it is all scree.
3:00 up, up, up from the TH. There was a faint dusting of snow and a little ice on the west side of the ridge when I got there around 0815. Actually, I think the going was a touch easier below the summit towers because the dirt was cemented together. I thought the cool quartzite block 5m S and below the summit was a dirty snow bank until I went to look at it. :-)
Early start for this long trail; determined to reach summit with Larry, since we had failed in October unprepared for snow. Challenging summit compared to other 14ers but beautiful overall. The mountain makes you earn your way up! We got into some snow in the gulch on the way back and sure were glad to be off the summit at that point and time. It rained most of the way back.
We climbed up from Missouri Gulch, leaving our overnight gear cached at the junction, then continued up to the saddle. The ridgeline was fun and the scrambling at the end was enjoyable. Great climb and first of three in two days.
This route is pretty tough. There is a lot of finding your own way. I suggest gaining the ridge early rather trying to cut a diagonal. Good climb.
We ascended the north ridge after camping by the remains of the old cabin just below treeline on the Missouri gulch trail. After ascending we descended most westerly chute described in Roach's 14ers. From there it was on to Oxford and then Belford. Beautiful weather, great day.
The road to this TH was brutal. Cool hike when it got to the ridge.
I reached the summit of Missouri with my cousins Shane and Trent after a long jaunt across the west ridge. This is number eleven on the 14er list. Met a group from Colorado Springs on the way up.
A gorgeous hike - Missouri Gulch is beautiful - especially at sunrise. My favorite 14er yet. Plus, the early snow was great - glissaded down 900 vertical feet from the summit to the gulch below. Then on to Belford... trip report to come soon
Saturday was perfect. The snow was in great shape and the weather was good with just a few clouds and snowflakes blowing through. I opted for a line just right (east) of the summit because it was more shaded, had less rockfall and better snow, and looked more direct. I topped out about 30 yds from the summit. The skiing was something less than "extreme" -- just a few turns at 40 degrees or so on excellent spring snow, but fun and quite beautiful. I lost my spare socks on the slog out. Bummer.
Hit this route this week! The more direct routes require an earlier start, as they get a surprisingly early sunhit.
First summit before Oxford and Belford.
This climb offers good fall color in the fall
A great day.
Drove up to the Cloyses Lake 4x4 trailhead and, recovering from a chest cold, I very sensibly decided to charge up the West Ridge straight into... an asthma attack. I was joined on top by somebody in the middle of his Nolan's-14 quest: Matt Mahoney, I think.
on a trip to Belford and Oxford.
See my route description of the south ridge. We camped high in Missouri Gulch and returned from Iowa and Missouri in about 6 hours. The monsoon came in with an attitude that day and threatened our return from the Pass. One guy that passed our camp in the morning made it over Missouri, Iowa, Emerald and Unnamed 13,762' in one day - an impressive jaunt of about 22 miles and 7,500' in one day from the TH, according to his entry. That still impresses me.
What a great area! We visited Iowa peak after Missouri later that morning.
Do be careful if you choose to drive through Clear Creek in high water. I drowned my Pathfinder on our way out. It took a long time for my exhaust system to drain.
Beautiful day to be above the trees! Got to hike this with a dear friend who was most inspiring and incouraging to go beyond what I had set out for. I got a little nervous when the rocks slid under my feet near the summit. We had gone off trail to avoid some deep snow drifts. I was not confident to continue. He could have made the summit easily without me but he was too gentleman to leave me behind. I'll try again without the snow or with proper gear next time!