|Peak:||Missouri Mountain (14er)|
|Route:||North Face Couloirs|
|Date of Information:||04/10/2012|
I am just back from Missouri Gulch after climbing Belford, Oxford and Missouri. The Bel-Ox route is in great shape and the only extra gear I had was Micro Spikes but you could probably make it without those. On the 10th I climbed Missouri via the C Couloir. The route is in great shape for climbing and avy risk is low early in the morning (I summited at 8:40). I descended the standard route. I have to say the skiing would not have been great as it had been warm in the day with a superficial freeze at night. I did not bring my skis because I didn‘t want the extra weight on top of my already heavy camping pack. I had just done this on Wetterhorn.
From the stream (10,800) up to 13,000 feet you will be on snow. You can use snow shoes (I did) from 11,500 to wear you begin climbing. They help but are not necessary if you travel early. This will change as the snow goes through the spring melt. There is evidence of a lot of post holing. From 9,900 to the stream crossing there is a lot of intermittent ice and snow on the trail. I wore microspikes the role time and this made life much easier.
If you are camping you can find water up to 11,525. Above that you will have to melt snow.