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.
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.
Watch out for the marmots in Elkhead Basin! They can be relentless and there is no place to hang food.
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.
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.
5 hour roundtrip. Nice day.
Started hiking at 3:30am with the plan to bag Missouri, Belford and Oxford. After missing the turn for the standard route we wound up at Elkhead pass and decided to continue on by climbing the 4th class east ridge. We encountered some rotten rock on the toughest pitch but with careful hand holds we made it without any problems. Decided that downclimbing was not the safest option so we descended the scree gully off the summit which turned out to be quite fun and fast.
My son, Patrick, and I camped near the cabin above Cloyses Lake and started our climb at daybreak. I had tried the week before but I went to far up the upper valley before I tried to reach the ridge and it got too late so I aborted. We went directly to the ridge when we reached the upper valley. This is a really neat place. We followed the ridge with little or no difficulty except I lost one of my brand new gloves. We joined the Northwest Ridge Route and completed the climb.
Late in the season this year but not a bad climb. Started out cold and sunny then hit a white out at the summit. Stayed foggy and a bit snowy the rest of the way down.
Combine w/Belford & Oxford, makes a great back packing/climbing weekend.
summated huron around 9:00 at nightfall and descended from their to clousey lake just below treeline on missouri's western slopes, from there climbed up and unto missouri's eastern summit ridge. my flashlight went out but it was a clear night, no moon, but enough light to make out the trail along the summit ridge.
about 100 yards or so from the summit I came to a place where it was to steep to negotiate on either side without a light as I couldn't make out the route in the darkness.
curled up and attempted to sleep for an hour or so but it was very cold and windy, when it began to get light and there was enough light to continue on I went on and summated. Descended to the east towards belford from there.
Praise GOD and JESUS CHIST, LORD Of ALL!!!!!!!
Did a scrambling route directly from the pass. Lots of loose rock but still fun.
Wonderful hike, and fun descent!