Peak(s):  Missouri Mountain  -  14,067 feet
Date Posted:  07/15/2009
Date Climbed:   07/12/2009
Author:  spontaneous weekends

 wildflowers in Missouri Gulch  

I didn't summit because of the time, I started too late on this day but I thought I'd provide some glimpses to the wildflowers along the Missouri Gulch Trail, the best I've seen in the Sawatch.

I wonder what you all think of this. Around 13,000 ft. I watched two guys completely ignore the trail in the scree on the descent from the ridge but they didn't stop at that. Where the trail switchbacks through nice grass and flowers down to the signpost they decided to continue ingnoring the fine trail and trample through pathces of wildflowers in order to go straight down. There was no weather to avoid, they were in no particular hurry, they just thought it would be fun. Here's the slope they trampled:


Pretty ridiculous, but anyway, here's more evidence of the beauty presently seen from this trail:


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 Comments or Questions

Keep in mind
02/05/2011 00:22
that most 14ers ”climbers” are coming from a megalopolis and do not owe the peaks for their livelihoods, unlike other cultures in other parts of the world. There is therefore no incentive to protect or respect a mountain that‘s there only to be conquered and give you bragging rights on Monday morning by the watercooler, or on some website. 14ers have become a trophy checklist which is why I will never climb all of them. I don‘t want to be a prisoner of 14ers or of a to-do list. Enjoy the journey, not the destination! That‘s why you did! Good on you!
Great pics, man!

spontaneous weekends

11/30/2010 17:28
I understand and respect your position. When you say ' not owe the peaks for their livelihoods', that could mean a lot of things. I took it for face value and do believe Denverites 'owe the peaks' even though we don't subside on them but yet rely on them heavily for aesthetic and peace of mind. Even as a proud Denver native, I realized at a very young age that Denver would be NOTHING without the mountains. There wouldn't be much of a city without them, therefore our life in the city exists because we love the mountains. Why would anyone be in Denver otherwise? I'm taking liberty there in voicing my arrogant pride, but I'm a native, I can do that. I'm sure I'm not telling you anything you don't know already, but just want to push that rhetoric for the simple value of positive reinforcement and ‘posterity.‘

George Kaplan

Standard Route Update
07/18/2009 00:57
I don‘t feel like writing my own trip report today, but I just got back wanted to add that the entire route is now snow-free up to the summit. Leave your axe at home!

Also, the wildflowers are INCREDIBLE right now! I agree that now‘s the time to do this hike. I also agree to please try not to trample them if you can help it!


One Of My Favorite Things To Do
07/18/2009 02:12
Is to observe and catch the summer blooms.
Hey Chamonix, go ahead climb them all. Ignore the list thing. It is still a beautiful thing to climb each and everyone.

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