Peak(s):  Missouri Mountain  -  14,067 feet
Date Posted:  07/29/2019
Date Climbed:   07/23/2019
Author:  grandledge
 Northwest Ridge   

Hiked in Monday night a mile and camped. 19589_0119589_0219589_24The The trail was in good condition. 19589_23There was a light rain. Started up at 4:20 am. The trees were covered with heavy dew and looked sparkling in the light of the headlamp. I wished the camera could capture the view but it was too dark. The trail is clear and in good condition. When I came to the first stream crossing there were a few logs across the stream. I was not sure it was the trail so I explored and came back and crossed it. There is an area where there was an avalanche. It was covered with downed trees. The trail crew did a good job of clearing the trail. At the second stream crossing the logs did not reach across the stream. I did not think it was the trail and explored and came back and crossed. By the third stream crossing there was a little light and I just crossed the logs. The streams were full because of the heavy snow melt. I was slow because I had video equipment. The trail switchbacks through the forest and tundra. Above tree line there are more stream crossings. 19589_2219589_1819589_16They They are ankle deep. Getting higher there are several snowfield crossings. 19589_1419589_1419589_11There was no serious post holing but I had to be careful not to slide off. On the way down I did slide and my tripod was good to arrest the slide. Spikes and an ice ax would have been helpful. Close to the top there is steep loose dirt with a lot of exposure. 19589_0719589_06It looked scary, but was not difficult to cross. Spikes would be good here. The sky was clear at the top and there were excellent views of the area.19589_0519589_0519589_04

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