Missouri Mountain  
Condition Updates  
Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2021-11-27, By: kcovingt1
Info: Absolutely gorgeous day on Missouri today. Warm weather, blue skies and almost no wind. Didn't really hit substantial snow until 13k. From the turnoff used spikes and ice axe (poles would have worked too). Very slick. Doesn't look like there's a packed trail up elkhead pass. Saw several groups packing trail on Belford though! 
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Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2021-11-19, By: Grisel
Info: Route is mostly dry up until the Elkhead pass junction. After that, intermittent snow with the creek crossings being frozen over. Snow becomes a bit deeper once breaking off Elkhead pass and working up the ridge but not too deep and mostly sugary snow. Once I'm the ridge, mostly dry other than a couple short sections of snow. Surprisingly warm day 
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Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2021-10-05, By: CommanderDawn
Info: A little wet near 13,600. The only snow on the trail proper was the west-facing side where you ascend the ridge around 13,800. Used microspikes to ensure safety given the exposure in this section. All other parts of the trail were dry. Good weather day. 
Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2021-10-02, By: koryankees_007
Info: Trail is mostly dry with a few wet spot up until around 12,800 ft. There is light snow on the trail up to the ridge, but gets a littler heavier as you go, not too bad. Would suggest microspikes for 13,200 and up or else you will be sliding all over the place. Used spikes from 13,200 up to the summit and down. 
Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2021-09-26, By: JasonCrane
Info: Summited Missouri Mountain via the standard route from Missouri Gulch TH. Very dry conditions, although stream has a light flow. Trail is easy generally easy to follow with trail signage at junctions & cairns along the face & ridge. Ridge hike is long & the short exposed section just below the summit was slightly tricky, but very manageable. Gorgeous 360 degree views from summit. 
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Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2021-09-18, By: Sapper36
Info: Did Missouri the Oxford, Belford via Elk Head Pass. Long day. Wasn't expecting to crest lower saddle of Belford and see Oxford so far away. Route is obvious and straight forward, though lots of vert. The Missouri ridge is probably a class 2+ with loose footing and a brief exposed section. 
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Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2021-09-05, By: ericwolf88
Info: Perfect weather conditions and great day on the mountain. Started at 6:45 and was a bit cold, but warmed very quickly once you start moving. Parking lot was packed, as would be expected on a Labor Day Weekend. Probably about 2:1 ratio of people cutting off to Belford vs. Missouri, but still about 30-40 people doing Missouri. The mudslide as mentioned in previous posts is hard packed and dry - there are some tree bridges across streams when you get to that section heading west. I took that way and then just hugged the right side of the creek until it linked back up with the trial. Missouri was not as bad as I thought it might be - there is significant gain in the beginning from the parking lot to the meadow, but then it levels out for awhile as you walk some distance, and then another stretch of significant gain to get to the saddle, but then once on the saddle it's more of a walk than a hike across the summit ridge. I liked how you got some breaks in between stretches of hard climbing. 3.5 hours to summit and then about 3 to get back down for me. 
Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2021-08-24, By: marcusmartin
Info: Arrived at the Missouri Gulch TH at 6:45 am (a little late) and the lot was nearly full. When you get to the stream just after the Belford/Oxford fork, you generally want to be on the right (west) side of the stream as you ascend. The hike gets tough after the Elkhead Pass fork and remains so up to the NW Ridge. There are several sections on the section above Elkhead Pass and on the NW Ridge that are "kitty litter" hard packed - very slick and you can easily slip if you are not careful. I used work gloves to grab rocks and stayed low. I didn't have poles but I talked to a few people who did and they said the poles were more of a hinderance than a help on these sections. Go slow. Arrived at the summit at 10:40 am. No one was there. Stay an hour and no one arrived the hour I was there. Bluebird day. Best of all: NO SMOKE!! Little to no wind & warm. All stream crossings were easily navigated without getting wet. Epic Day! 
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Route: via Emerald/Iowa
Posted On: 2021-08-16, By: E_A_Marcus_949
Info: No trail off Iowa to Iowa/Missouri saddle - faint, yet decent, trail leading up to Missouri summit. Summer conditions. Long day: Missouri Gulch TH --> Emerald --> Iowa --> Missouri. Down standard NW ridge - from my first ascent up NW ridge in 2016 until now the ridge/crux of the route up Missouri has eroded significantly. We went down and around the towers, however, if you're up for a scramble (*and have the skills), it looked stable and may be preferable. Make sure to follow the actual trail on the way down instead of any social trails (this mountain clearly has enough erosion going on). 
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Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2021-08-06, By: PikaSteve
Info: Mudslide is now well-consolidated with only route change being the formation of a new social trail a few feet west of where the prior trail is now a creek channel. Helpful map from KBowBow shows the short area of impact, just above the Belford/Missouri trail split. https://www.14ers.com/php14ers/peakstatus_entry.php?recnum=21176 It is hard to predict how this area will evolve with each rainstorm. Most of the mudflow is coming from the Belford channel and at some point, there may be another major realignment of how the Belford and Missouri channels merge together. When you reach the mudslide area, keep heading toward Pt 13,784' until you have crossed multiple channels and reached a large cairn. Then make your way parallel to the former trail, mostly on meadow, with some unavoidable talus hopping. CFI trail provides solid switchbacks to saddle. Short crux downclimb before summit had most loose material washed off by recent rains, but was already dried out. Haze gave limited visibility, but otherwise, a great hike with many flowers, interesting mudslide and a beautiful ridge walk. 
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Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2021-07-27, By: KBowBow
Info: Adding redundant #missourimudslide update to post pictures for clarity. Effected area marked in red. Hang right onto talus pile to avoid most of the mess 
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Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2021-07-26, By: arthurtect
Info: Mostly wanted to let everyone know that there is a pretty significant mudslide immediately after the trail split (Belford to the left, Elkhorn/Missouri to the right). The trail was wiped out and filled in with soupy mud, and the creek is now flowing down the trail beyond the mud slide. You have two options: go through the mud and willows and water directly, or stay to the right of the old trail (new creek) and traverse the boulders and such. I chose the latter and stayed dry, but I still got muddy. 
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Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2021-07-30, By: BuckeyeClimber
Info: Parked at Rockdale, had to cross the water on foot. Just across the second water crossing, it's going to take a modified 4WD or a skilled driver to get past the rocks. Walked up 4WD road to Clohesy Lake. A lot of standing water from all the rain. After the lake and when you start up the West Ridge, the trail is not traveled much at all. spruce, willow, and other vegetation have begun to grow in the trail. The steep trail running right along the waterfall is eroded and loose. After gaining the grass slopes, the trail is much easier to walk. After gaining the ridge, simply follow the standard route along the ridge to the summit. Highly recommend this route vs. the standard route which we returned. 
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Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2021-07-12, By: jhmiller92
Info: The trail is about as good conditions as you could hope. The creek crossings over Missouri Gulch are easy (although there is plenty of water flowing in the creek) and the trail below the treeline and in the Alpine valley is mostly dry. There is one tiny snow field barely on the trail just below the ridge, but it is easy to get around. 
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Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2021-07-07, By: mijoflynn
Info: Did Missouri --> Iowa --> Emerald today. Creek crossings in Missouri Gulch are now easy. In the upper gulch, the trail was a little muddy, probably because of the deluge the area got Tuesday night. There are two snow fields sticking around just before you reach Missouri's northwest ridge, but neither will cause you any trouble. Otherwise, summer conditions. 
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Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2021-06-28, By: Jnaffy
Info: Fresh snow made for a slicker route. By the time we got to the ridge way too much cloud cover for comfort. Water pass 2 and 3 were higher so make sure you have waterproof shoes or changes of socks. Beautiful wildflowers. Only minor snow field crossing from prior to snow below ridge 
Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2021-06-28, By: Jnaffy
Info: Fresh snow made for a slicker route. By the time we got to the ridge way too much cloud cover for comfort. Water pass 2 and 3 were higher so make sure you have waterproof shoes or changes of socks. Beautiful wildflowers. Only minor snow field crossing from prior to snow below ridge 
Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2021-06-25, By: MrSmileweil
Info: Did the Belford-Oxford-Missouri loop today. Missouri is in great shape with no major obstacles and just a few small snow patches. Approached Northwest ridge route from Elkhead pass trail. Would recommend noticing that you have to walk along the ridge for awhile before you summit. We were bummed when we reached the ridge and still had to hike a sizeable distance. "Dipping dots" hail rained down on us while we were traversing the ridge, but that seemed to be an unnatural occurrence. 
Route: Via Emerald / North Couloirs
Posted On: 2021-06-21, By: TakeMeToYourSummit
Info: Took Elkhead Pass following the (more or less) standard route up Emerald. The 12,717 tarn area is a special place... just wow! I didn't find the route up Emerald to be as nasty as some reports I've read. The section up Iowa was fairly gradual which helps on this big day. I'd done the math & decided going back to the pass might be as much work as just doing another lap on Missouri. The added bonus here was a "short cut"... after snowboarding one of the couloirs east of the "main" we climbed a few years ago - I'd also liked the look of the more direct one we'd climbed. This gamble payed off; I zipped down the "main" couloir (not exactly blind) & shaved 45 mins or more off my time. Three unique laps in & I have yet to do the standard route of Missouri - LOL! Lots of nice people on the mountain - great chatting with some of you! 
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Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2021-06-19, By: KristinJones
Info: Trail in 90% summer conditions. First creek crossing has a solid log bridge. Snow free to the meadow where the trail splits for Missouri. Second creek crossing after the Missouri turnoff - look left for a trail through the thickets where there is a decent log bridge (vs the main trail you will get your feet wet). You'll hit a couple small patches of snow that are somewhat avoidable while still in the meadow, and two more small creek crossing with rocks that are challenging to keep your feet dry with the current water level. As you head towards the ridge, stay right to avoid a larger snow patch and regain the standard route. And then there is one final snow patch to cross to get to the ridge. I did not use traction and kicked stepped where I needed a shorter step. The ridge beyond had a few steps with snow on it but otherwise was clear. 

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