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 Peak(s):  Missouri Mountain  -  14,067 feet
 Post Date:  08/01/2009 Modified: 08/02/2009
 Date Climbed:   08/01/2009
 Posted By:  randalmartin

 A beautiful day on Missouri   

Summit Elevation: 14,067 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 9,650 feet
Elevation Gain: 4,500 feet
Round-trip Length: 10.50 miles

August 1 has been targeted for a while as the day to climb Missouri with my good friend Tim. The Missouri basin is well known for it's wildflowers and August certainly seemed to be the right time to revel in the beauty and abundance of them. We were not disappointed.

Weather was outstanding with low wind, sunny skis and temps in the 50s up high. After being blown around by very strong winds on Democrat and Lincoln two weeks ago it was finally nice to have some beautiful weather on a 14er.

Looking west as we hike up the Missouri Basin. Everything is so green.

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The objective comes into view at the far end of the basin

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Picture of the massive Belford shoulder with a nice coating of snow above 13kft that had fallen the night before. Just another reminder of the cooler than normal summer we have had.

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Further up the basin standing amongst an abundance of flowers

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Onward we march. The hiking through the basin is easy as elevation is gradually gained. The benefit of stretching the 4500ft elevation gain over 5+ miles.

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The climb up the steep ascent to the saddle begins

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The view to the west after gaining the ridge at the saddle between Missouri and the unnamed 13er to the north.

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The ridge hike begins across to the Missouri summit in the distance.

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The final section before the summit.

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Self taken summit photo.

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As we descended I captured this image of an interesting chimney rock formation.

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Now some more wildflower pictures

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Not sure what this is (a weed?) but sure looks interesting

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  • Comments or Questions (1)
iclimb2

Weed     2009-08-04 11:41:56
The weed is non-native thistle and it‘s nasty - spreads and overtakes everything! Has a pretty purple flower though, but you caught it after it bloomed and went to seed.
My husband hiked this the same day...and lost our camera on the trail too So yours are the only pics I get to see unless someone finds our camera! Thanks!



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