Peak(s):  Missouri Mountain  -  14,067 feet
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Date Climbed:   07/17/2005
Author:  bgosch
 sunday,july 17 (missouri only)  

i hiked missouri mountain with a couple friends after summiting huron at 6 am and driving back down. since the clohsey lake (spelling?) trailhead meant a shorter hike distancewise, we chose that. we soon learned that shorter and faster are not synonomous. the drive in was long but uneventful. clear creek wasnt quite up to the 4runners running boards, and the road wasnt technically demanding, just really bumpy. having a high clearance vehicle is a good idea if you want to keep your oil pan and underside intact.
once we got to the trailhead and started up the road, we found the trail, though it wasnt too well marked. followed it up above treeline to a nice alpine meadow, then straight up the ridge! looking back, going up the short end of the ridge wouldve been much smarter. nonetheless, we summited about noon, and headed down. got some hail while still on the ridge, but no thunderheads and we saw no lightning. we decided to go down a different way than we came up-trying to aim straight for the car. ended up coming down a fun screeslope, which went pretty quick, but then had to bushwhack our way through heavy deadfall in the trees. (this all based off the idea that nobody wanted to go back down the steep trail wed come up) it seems that all shortcuts do take longer...
as for clohsey lake vs. missouri gulch trailhead, miss gulch is longer, but much less steep, plus a huge savings on driving time. if you want a scenic place to camp, though, clohsey lake is in a beautiful alpine valley, walled in by missouri mtn. and huron on the other side. there is a cabin there, and the road is gated prior to reaching the lake, so im not sure what the land ownership is, but itd be a great place to set up camp, with only a short hike in from parking.

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