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2015-08-13  Route: Northwest Ridge from Missouri Gulch
Posted On: 2015-08-18, By: Sunshineof1985
Info: This was my 24th 14er climb this summer! My hope is to nab all or most of them. You can follow a more detailed report of this hike and others on my blog at sunshineof1985.com. GEAR (to bring): GPS, extra socks, phone, SPOT Satellite Tracker, Map, Topo Map from 14ers.com, hiking boots with 2 pairs of socks on, long-sleeve, wind-guard/raincoat, light weight puffy coat (didn‘t need), lightweight gloves (didn‘t need), day pack with water sack, snacks. Road Condition: Pretty standard dirt road with a fair share of potholes after you hit the ranch. A sedan should have no problem making it to the trailhead. Trail Condition: The trail is easy to navigate through the forest. It gets wet and muddy near the first creek crossing, but it‘s not bad. Don‘t miss the first junction at the base of Mt. Belford. Make sure you go right. Everyone complains how bad the scree is once you‘re on the mountain, but in my personal opinion, it‘s not that bad at all. There‘s a nasty part of the trail that is quite slippery on the backside of the ridge, near the summit. Make sure you have shoes with good grip, and stay close to the rocks for support. 
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2015-07-14  Route: Northwest Ridge from Missouri Gulch
Posted On: 2015-07-17, By: Bettybikes
Info: Group of 6, two of which were first time climbers. Started on the trail at 5:15am and reached summit by 10:00am (including rest stops and waiting on the group). There were a lot of stream crossings without adequate spots to step and a lot of snow run off and mud. Many times you just had to trek through the water. I recommend good, water proof boots, gaiters, and an extra pair of socks. The water is cold! There was a long water crossing about 2 miles up the trail. Toward the summit, to reach the ridge line, we had to ascent in a small snow chute (but very well stepped out). Trekking poles were helpful here. The ridgeline was in good condition, a few snow spots but easy to traverse through and well packed down. On the way down, we skirted to the East around the snow chute and came back down to the main trail. 
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2015-07-12  Route: Northwest Ridge from Missouri Gulch
Posted On: 2015-07-12, By: emgordon
Info: Creek running very high at all crossings. Snowfields below the ridge after trail split from Elkhead Pass soft, but crossings along ridge firm to icy in places. Very strong winds took a toll on our legs and our spirits so we called it quits after one summit. Approx Time Splits: Trailhead to overnight campsite near Belford-Missouri split: 90 minutes Campsite to summit: 180 minutes Summit to campsite: 120 minutes Campsite to trailhead: 60 minutes 
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2015-07-06  Route: Northwest Ridge from Missouri Gulch
Posted On: 2015-07-09, By: blairteacher
Info: Went solo on a Monday (7 am) and ran into 3 hikers. Young man from Texas hiked with me until the beflord/ Missouri split. Met one guy who camped coming down at about 12800 ft. Then ran into Joe from Denver up on the snowy ridge. This was i beleive his 29 th peak. Fairly difficult hike due the length, elevation, and more snow then I had experienced before. I was also tence due to the clouds. Even called the wife at 12600 to check radar for thunder heads. Anyway glad to run into joe on the ridge to have a partner for the final push through the snow. route was well marked and visible for the whole hike. One or two places on ridge where it was hand and knee. Was raining on the way down ( no lightning thank God) and the many stream crossings became a little more challenging. Really would like to thank joe for the company and reassurance on the ridge when i became concerned about the weather. Another beatiful 14 er. 
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2015-07-04  Route: North Face Couloirs
Posted On: 2015-07-07, By: ElFuegoDelaMuerte
Info: My wife and I climbed the central couloir on 7/4. Snow was good but melting out fast, a couple thin areas with poor snow near the top. Opted for the central couloir to minimize sun exposure, but the left couloir looked to be in the best shape. With an early start these may be in for a couple more weeks. 
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2015-07-01  Route: Northwest Ridge from Missouri Gulch
Posted On: 2015-07-01, By: mb_24
Info: Did the trifecta this morning: belford/Oxford then Missouri via elkshead pass. No significant snow on Bedford/Oxford. Missouri has a moderate snowfield just before the ridge, then 3 small snowfields on the ridge that are easily navigated. Just wore trail shoes. No microspikes/ax/crampons required. Approximate times for trip: Left TH at 5:20 Belford summit at 7:25 Oxford summit at 8:20 Missouri summit at 10:45 Back to trailhead at 1:05 
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2015-06-26  Route: Northwest Ridge from Missouri Gulch
Posted On: 2015-06-28, By: justin8an
Info: Stream crossings on the trail are shin height. Care should be taken as it is easy to get off course if you leave the trail on the approach. Above 12,500 the trail is covered in intermittent snow but is easy to pick up. Snow was easy to traverse with some postholing. Access to the ridge required about 500m of kicking steps in 45 degree snow. After the false summit, about 60 ft below the summit there is a 60 degree snow field that must be traversed to access the summit. 
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2015-06-11  Route: Northwest Ridge from Missouri Gulch
Posted On: 2015-06-11, By: Fr3ako
Info: Attempted Missouri mountain today and got turned around at 13,500‘. Trail is dry until mine shack though water from nearby streams are ferocious & overflowing on the trail everywhere. Snow patches with limited postholing until Belford Junction. Snow coverage & postholing are then much more important. Plenty of water underneath, coming out from wherever it can. You are just postholing to end up with water until your knees, extra pair of socks recommended!! Snowshoes helped very little for that. From 2nd juntion, snowshoes for the switchbacks. The trail disappears at this point. Plenty of avalanche slides, snow unconsolidated. Missing the trail, we had to scramble for a while before judging it was too dangerous, rock is very loose. Snow cornices could be seen on the ridge to the summit as well as multiple avalanche slide paths. 
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2015-05-30  Route: North Face Couloirs
Posted On: 2015-05-31, By: KyleS
Info: A solid freeze on Friday night made for excellent snow conditions on Saturday. Consistent snow cover starts at the creek crossing (10,800) and I was able to ski nearly all the way back to this point from the summit. However, by noon the snow between treeline and the creek crossing became a post hole nightmare that consumed everyone regardless of flotation type - trenches, bombholes, exposed rocks and logs everywhere. There was lots of evidence of wet slide activity lower in the basin, but Missouris couloirs are intact and skied great with a few inches of corn on top of a solid base. Belford looked very skiable, too. 
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2015-04-25  Route: North Face Couloirs
Posted On: 2015-04-26, By: jkillgore
Info: Ascended southwest face from Clohesy lake. Great coverage up there. Able to skin almost to summit. Looked like good skiing on Iowa. North couloirs held soft cold powder and great skiing. 
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2014-10-18  Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2014-10-18, By: RockCaCO3
Info: No snow on trail until ~13300 ft. Snow on ridge, but didnt need spikes. Peak clear of snow. 
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2014-10-04  Route: Northwest Ridge from Missouri Gulch
Posted On: 2014-10-04, By: jdenavit
Info: Very winterlike conditions today. I would say an average of a foot of snow on the trail starting a mile or so above treeline. The back side of the summit ridge has a lot less snow, but deep snow blocks the trail in some places. 
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2014-09-27  Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2014-09-27, By: 4 LO
Info: Summer conditions on the mountain. The road to the trailhead had some puddles/ponds that were about a foot deep, but any vehicle capable of making up this road should be ford them. 
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2014-09-20  Route: Northwest Ridge from Missouri Gulch
Posted On: 2014-09-22, By: Lithic
Info: Beautiful conditions up here still. No snow- foliage is awesome. The only unexpected part of the hike came just before the summit, where there was a somewhat hairy bit of Class 3 (or more) exposed ridge scrambling. Not sure if this is a normal part of the route, or if the trail below was washed out, but these moves can certainly catch you off guard if you are expecting Class 2 hiking all the way to the summit. 
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2014-09-16  Route: Northwest Ridge from Missouri Gulch
Posted On: 2014-09-17, By: zinj
Info: Snow free and dry. Aspen and willows both golden. Final piece of ascent is terrible slid-out sandy face. Traction difficult. Otherwise, perfect season for Missouri. 
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2014-09-11  Route: Northwest Ridge from Missouri Gulch
Posted On: 2014-09-11, By: Daniel Joder
Info: Just got back to rainy Boulder (what‘s with that!?) and thought I‘d post a brief update on the trail conditions up Missouri Gulch. This is my first post...I‘ve been using a lot of data from this wonderful site ("lurking", that is), so it‘s time to start giving back. The 7.5 miles or so of dirt road in to the trailhead from 24 is very washboardy (as usual, I guess) but the rain lately has also created a lot of potholes. You could still get a low-slung Cadillac in there, though, no problem. Just drive slowly. About halfway in, there are a couple of shallow ditches across the road where water is running--go slow there especially, or you‘ll break Mom‘s china tea set in the trunk. Trail was fine despite all the rain and snow flurries of late. I had brought microspikes, just in case, but they absolutely were not necessary. Most of the snow has probably melted off of the trail high on the ridge by now (it was clear, sunny, some scattered clouds up there today) and I was able to easily avoid it even early this morning. The biggest danger, if you go early, would be the frost encrusted rocks, especially up high on the ridge...and the icy rocks at the creek crossings. Just pay attention a bit and it‘s no problem. The leaves are changing nicely. It‘s a good time to go if you can find a break in the waves of monsoon weather. Oh, and avoid parking next to the beaver pond at the Trailhead. I parked there last week for Belford/Oxford and Mr. and/or Mrs. Beaver felled a good-sized tree across the back of my truck (luckily no damage). I noticed that the tree (an aspen) was still there today, laying across the fence. I have been doing some 14er reports with pics on my website (www.danieljoderphotography.com) but from now on I‘ll try to copy and paste them into this site each time I write one. Climb on! 
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2014-07-13  Route: Northwest Ridge from Missouri Gulch
Posted On: 2014-07-13, By: aliciaf
Info: The last conditions update from 7/4/14 for this route hold true, mostly. There is still a snow field to traverse just below where you pop out onto the ridge, but there are good steps in it from numerous hikers crossing it. Not an issue. The ice next to the rock outcropping on the ridge that you must pass under is no longer there. It is completely dry, though the dirt was a little damp today. Not sure if this made it more loose or less loose than if it were dry. 
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2014-07-13  Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2014-07-13, By: Bborkowski
Info: Tough hike but fun. If you drive a car, like me, make sure you park by the buildings in Rockdale and not by the creek. I nearly got stuck trying to leave. Also, make sure you bring some kind of sandals to cross the creek if you aren‘t starting from the 4WD trailhead. I had to cross the bare footed and that wasn‘t fun. Trail seems easy enough until you get to Clohesy Lake and from then on its tough. No switchbacks, just straight up hill hiking. I backpacked to Clohesy Lake Saturday and left for the summit at 5:30am. I made the summit by 8:30 and hiked down, packed up my gear, and hiked the rest of the way to my car by 12:00. 
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2014-07-04  Route: Northwest Ridge from Missouri Gulch
Posted On: 2014-07-07, By: glenmiz
Info: Still a large snowfield covering trail just below ridge. Easier to bypass below than above. On ridge there was one tricky spot getting around a rock outcrop where there was some ice on the west side. I went around the east side on the ascent trough the snow and over the outcrop. On the way down, I came back on the west side. Both were a challenge for me. Overall, very good conditions for hiking. 
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2014-06-25  Route: Northwest Ridge from Missouri Gulch
Posted On: 2014-06-27, By: trinkner
Info: Road to the Missouri Gulch trailhead is in fine summer form; passenger cars can make the drive easily. As for the trail to the summit, all portions are clear dirt or tacky damp soil through the switchbacks and into the main large meadow below the ridge and summit. After the trail turn-off to Mount Belford, the Missouri Mountain trail was a little wet in places where the meadow drained down the trail, but this is just a bit splashy in places and not bothersome. (Stay on the trail, even if damp or muddy, to avoid damaging the meadow.) On the final ascent up to the ridge, the main trail is obscured by several snow fields. On the way up, I decided to take a "short cut" and bypass the mail tail and head more or less straight up the talus slope to the ridge. What a mistake (at least for me). Missouri Mountain seems "soft" over all to me, with lots of chossy talus and crumbly soil. The climb up the talus was not enjoyed, but it did get me to the ridge. The trial along the ridge is mostly free of snow, although there are a few stretches of snow on the ridge itself that you need to cross to reach the summit. I used trekking poles and found the footsteps of previous climbers to be pretty firm. I postholed a few times, but never felt in danger of falling down the slope. On the way down from the summit, I took the standard trail along the ridge and then down to the meadow. It was a longer hike, but was much gentler than the talus expedition. The trail does get lost in snow fields on several occasions, so I hiked on snow and tundra to rock cairns and tried to stay on the trail as much as possible. I could have done some glissading, but I didn‘t bring sturdy rain pants and didn‘t want to tear up my hiking pants. I‘d recommend bringing an ice ax (which I did, but didn‘t use) and tough snow pants so you can glissade a fair way down from the ridge. As for mammals, I saw 12 marmots, 1 weasel (near the summit), and a dozen Big Horn Sheep (the night before, near where I camped by the road). I was the only climber of Missouri on the day. I left the parking lot at 5:30 and reached the summit at 10:00. The summit was calm and warm. On the way down, clouds gathered and grappel fell a bit. I reached the parking lot at 1:15, tired and hot. Beautiful day all around. 
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