Peak:  Missouri Mountain (14er)
 Route:  Northwest Ridge from Missouri Gulch
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  mikefromcraig
 Date of Info:  03/27/2012
 Date Posted:  03/27/2012

from missouri gulch. road up to trailhead is 99% bone dry. any 2wd car could make it. We hit the trail probably 20-30 min after the first glimpse of daylight. snowpack was good with very little postholing up to around 12,800. The snow on the way up the mountain (which had been facing the sunrise) was decent but wish it would have been harder. Even more so on the way down. Surprisingly, on the way down, everything below around 12,800 seemed the same if not more firm than it did early that morning.

This was extremely easy FOR MARCH but was still a lot harder than it will be in July. I would say that on the way up to the ridge probably 90% of the steps you take (and the moves you make) are on snow.

Also, be aware that the day we went the forecasted high was 39 with clear skies.

 Comments or Questions

well done!
03/28/2012 04:32
glad you guys made it! my climbing partner completely flaked on me so i didn't end up doing any 14ers today. so sad!


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