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blueBlack Missouri Mountain

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Trail

10.9 mile 17.5 kilometer out and back
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 4,399' 1,341 m
Descent: -4,400' -1,341 m
High: 14,042' 4,280 m
Low: 9,650' 2,941 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 15% (9°)
Max Grade: 71% (35°)

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Trail shared by Mike Langenkamp

One of the harder Sawatch peaks, Missouri is a sister mountain of fellow 14ers Belford and Oxford.

Mike Langenkamp

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

Missouri Mountain is located in the Sawatch Range of the Rocky Mountains. The standard route is across the Northwest Ridge from the Missouri Gulch Trail. This is a long 11 mile out and back route with incredible scenery.

Description

After crossing a bridge near the trailhead, the trail quickly reaches steep switchbacks through dense pine forests. At around 10,750 you reach the first of two creek crossings. Once reaching 11,000, the trail passes an old cabin with level ground, a good place to take a break. Continuing on, you reach treeline at around 11,300 and a trail junction to Mt. Belford on the left. Stay to the right as you head into Missouri Gulch.

Near 13,000 you reach a second trail junction, this one heading left to Elkhead Pass. Stay to the right, heading to Missouri Mountains northwest slopes. You enter a talus field with steep switchbacks as you climb to the ridge around 13,700.

Gaining the ridge you are rewarded with beautiful views. Follow the ridge east toward the summit with easier hiking for a while. At around 14,000 you'll come to a notch that drops 25-30 that you must down-climb (Class 2+) on sandy rock with moderate exposure. This sounds worse than it is.

Once at the bottom, the way forward pitches severely on a sandy surface. Handholds can be found by climbing high and using the solid rock as an anchor. This section is about 30 long and once past it, there's a little more steep but easy trail is left to reach the summit.

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Sep 16, 2018
Victor Grau Serrat
Sep 2, 2018
Reed Harrington
Jun 30, 2018
Jeff H
Amazing! 12mi
Aug 15, 2016
John Armstrong
The ridge line hike is incredible! 10.9mi — 8h 00m
Jul 11, 2016
Karen Handelman
This was our first 14er...should have started with an easier one. Tough climb! Scree at the top was rough...as was the last descent in the forest. 10.9mi — 10h 00m
Aug 10, 2015
Eddie O'Toole
Started at mile 3 of this hike (my campground). I began at 4pm and was back by 8:29pm; took a 20 min break at the top. 4.8mi
Aug 9, 2014
Mike Langenkamp
11mi

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