|2017-02-21||Route: North Face Couloirs
Posted On: 2017-02-23, By: thatOneMonoskier
Info: Road is closed about three miles from the traditional trailhead. The trail is well established until the creek crossing at 10,500. The north facing couloirs have relatively soft snow, with a windslab buried anywhere from 2 to 3 feet. The east facing slopes are windblown and have a much harder crust. The west facing slopes up near 14,000 have a solid 5 inches of crust on sugary snow. Crampons are required for Missouri. Oxford and Belford are bare on the west facing slopes and can be done above treeline without snowshoes.
|2016-11-20||Route: Northwest Ridge from Missouri Gulch
Posted On: 2016-11-21, By: Eli Boardman
Info: County Road 390 is completely dry and passable in any vehicle. The part of the trail through the switchbacks is dry. Up higher, there are a few stream crossing that are completely filled in with thick, clear ice for a dozen feet or so. The upper trail is snowpacked in places but does not require traction. Snow showers over the next few days may change this.
|2016-11-15||Route: Northwest Ridge from Missouri Gulch
Posted On: 2016-11-16, By: avonnahme
Info: Hiked the Northwest Ridge yesterday. Micro spikes were a nice to have given the slippery conditions. Otherwise pretty dry overall. Snow foretasted to come Thursday 11/17 though so keep that in mind.
|2016-11-13||Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2016-11-13, By: trro2122
Info: Essentially no snow up until the last couple hundred yards to the summit. Even then it was on flat ground so it didn't make anything difficulty. The cruz was completely clear of snow and very straight forward. Until a storm hits this guy is smooth sailing.
|2016-11-03||Route: Northwest Ridge from Missouri Gulch
Posted On: 2016-11-04, By: dweiss2
Info: Snow started at trailhead on up. No more than an inch, and about 3 inches once on the mountain itself. Traction was helpful on the descent. Most of the snow below timberline should be gone by now. Conditions more like late September than November.
|2016-10-21||Route: Northwest Ridge from Missouri Gulch
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.
|2016-10-10||Route: Northwest Ridge from Missouri Gulch
Posted On: 2016-10-10, By: kayleenann8
Info: Trail below treeline has intermittent ice (slippery after sunrise when the sun started heating it up). The trail above treeline was mostly clear until about 12,000 feet, then snow and slush. Microspikes strongly recommended. Pretty windy on the ridge.
|2016-10-09||Route: Northwest Ridge from Missouri Gulch
Posted On: 2016-10-09, By: Marmot96
Info: Snow/slush on trail from the trailhead. 6 inches of snow above 12k and traction is definitely required.
|2016-10-02||Route: Northwest Ridge from Missouri Gulch
Posted On: 2016-10-04, By: Tlorbets
Info: Trail and weather were great all the way. If it were to snow in the mountains before you go,.. I would advise micro spikes especially for the difficult class 2 part. It is actually 12.8 mile RT, not 10.5 RT if it matters. Road to trail head is great for any vehicle. I used a Garmin GPSMap 64st to measure mileage.
|2016-09-05||Route: Northwest Ridge from Missouri Gulch
Posted On: 2016-09-05, By: Rob Wood
Info: Easy peak condition report here: Blue skies and WINDY - Definitely 30-40mph gusts - not only on the ridge line (which made it a bit more interesting), but starting shortly after clearing tree line. Strong enough gusts to blow my beanie off my head, never to be seen again! But was a great hike start to finish!
|2016-09-04||Route: Northwest Ridge from Missouri Gulch
Posted On: 2016-09-06, By: Nickyfy
Info: As of 9/4 still really no snow at the summit. Be prepared for heavy winds and some big temperature swings. Hail/snow coming down in the early afternoon but not sticking. Beautiful hike with incredible views at the top. Enjoy!
|2016-08-30||Route: Northwest Ridge from Missouri Gulch
Posted On: 2016-08-30, By: Solo
Info: From about 13,500 up 6-8 inches of snow. A few spots are slippery with exposure!
|2016-08-21||Route: Northwest Ridge from Missouri Gulch
Posted On: 2016-08-21, By: graberz
Info: Full trailhead around 6am. Started at 6am summit by 9:30 and back in the car by 12. Trail is pretty straight forward steep to start, mellow, and then steep to finish.
|2016-08-13||Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2016-08-15, By: Josh Bux
Info: Route is in good condition. Clear Creak at the start of the 4x4 road is below calf-level if you step in the right places. Upper section of the 4x4 road has some large puddles which can be walked around or easily driven through. As other reports suggest, the short difficult class 2 section near the summit becomes a bit of a bottleneck. Recommend bringing gloves so you can use your hands on that section. Trail is easy to follow pretty much all the way up.
|2016-08-13||Route: Northwest Ridge from Missouri Gulch
Posted On: 2016-08-14, By: xrcdrvr
Info: Hiked up Northwest Ridge Sunday 13 Aug. Nothing notable, just be careful near the summit where the trail has become dirt and you have to watch your footing. My partner and I didn't have any issues but the trail does bottleneck there a little as hikers are taking turns and their time getting through that area. Just adding a quick report since there is nothing else that recent. Great day for a hike.
|2016-07-23||Route: Northwest Ridge from Missouri Gulch
Posted On: 2016-07-25, By: E_A_Marcus_949
Info: Great conditions, no snow to cross, easy trail to follow. A few simple creek crossings after the Elk/Belford fork en route to Missouri. Some steep sections heading up to the ridge but nothing too bad. Gorgeous summer day! Saw quite a few people heading up with clouds building... Just watch the sky, and you're golden!
|2016-07-22||Route: Northwest Ridge from Missouri Gulch
Posted On: 2016-07-23, By: madadraw1
Info: Camped at treeline. Hiked Missouri and then Emerald Pk, coming back on Elk Head Pass. This adds about 3.5-4 miles to the round trip.
|2016-07-16||Route: Northwest Ridge from Missouri Gulch
Posted On: 2016-07-18, By: Bright_Bikes
Info: No snow on route, conditions good. Ridgeline was VERY windy, there's a few places where the wind made moves much more difficult than normal.
|2016-07-10||Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2016-07-11, By: James2015
Info: Creeks at Rockdale are running knee deep in places -- we took off our shoes and waded across (wouldn't want to try it in our Subaru). Current isn't fast enough to be a concern, and we saw 5 jeeps drive through, and a pickup and Jeep Compass at the 4wd trailhead. Otherwise trail conditions are good except for at the crux described in the route description, which is pretty loose and pebbly. Re-reading the route description saw the class 3 option -- should've given that a try.
|2016-07-06||Route: Northwest Ridge from Missouri Gulch
Posted On: 2016-07-07, By: Indy
Info: Route is in good condition. Only one spot below the ridge where snow was encountered, no snow gear necessary. It was extremely windy along the ridge to the summit. Be warned. High winds make the difficult parts of the ridge even more challenging.