|2016-10-21||Route: Emerald/Iowa Combo
Posted On: 2016-10-22, By: JasonKline
Info: Mostly clear from Missouri Gulch up to junction for Elkhead Pass and Missouri. After that, the loop containing Missouri, Iowa, and Emerald over to Elkhead Pass had many spots with an inch or two of ice and snow. Microspikes would have been helpful on the slippery spots, but the spots were so intermittent that I didn't put on traction.
|2016-07-23||Route: Emerald/Iowa Combo
Posted On: 2016-07-23, By: Grover
Info: Emerald and Iowa are all clear. The hike off Emerald's South Slopes down to the valley and out to Clohesy Lake is very nice. Saw no one else all day. Such is life on a 13'er in this area.
|2015-09-02||Route: Emerald/Iowa Combo
Posted On: 2015-09-03, By: desertdog
Info: I climbed Missouri, Iowa and Emerald yesterday from Missouri Gulch TH. A long but beautiful day. Snow on the mountains in the morning reminded me summer is almost over. Iowa‘s grassy slopes were a quick climb from Missouri‘s summit. While it does not look like it from afar, from the north side of Emerald you can find a rough trail to its ridge and summit. There is a cairn marking the start of the trail.
|2012-07-01||Route: Via Iowa Peak (West Ridge)
Posted On: 2012-07-03, By: kmensch
Info: I recommend climbing Iowa peak first, the route finding to Emerald in the lower valley is not easy as far as I can tell. I never did find a human trail on the descent, but trying to get through the marsh, dense woods, and willows on an ascent would be even more frustrating. See my facebook photos at: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.4194314056724.176652.1250853067&type=1&l=69395284c7