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|2016-10-21||Route: Northwest Ridge from Missouri Gulch
Info: Mostly clear from Missouri Gulch up to junction for Elkhead Pass and Missouri. After that, the loop containing Missouri, Iowa, and Emerald over to Elkhead Pass had many spots with an inch or two of ice and snow. Microspikes would have been helpful on the slippery spots, but the spots were so intermittent that I didn't put on traction.
|2016-10-10||Route: Northwest Ridge from Missouri Gulch
Info: Trail below treeline has intermittent ice (slippery after sunrise when the sun started heating it up). The trail above treeline was mostly clear until about 12,000 feet, then snow and slush. Microspikes strongly recommended. Pretty windy on the ridge.
|2016-10-09||Route: Northwest Ridge from Missouri Gulch
Info: Snow/slush on trail from the trailhead. 6 inches of snow above 12k and traction is definitely required.
|2016-10-02||Route: Northwest Ridge from Missouri Gulch
Info: Trail and weather were great all the way. If it were to snow in the mountains before you go,.. I would advise micro spikes especially for the difficult class 2 part. It is actually 12.8 mile RT, not 10.5 RT if it matters. Road to trail head is great for any vehicle. I used a Garmin GPSMap 64st to measure mileage.
|2016-09-05||Route: Northwest Ridge from Missouri Gulch
Info: Easy peak condition report here: Blue skies and WINDY - Definitely 30-40mph gusts - not only on the ridge line (which made it a bit more interesting), but starting shortly after clearing tree line. Strong enough gusts to blow my beanie off my head, never to be seen again! But was a great hike start to finish!
|2016-09-04||Route: Northwest Ridge from Missouri Gulch
Info: As of 9/4 still really no snow at the summit. Be prepared for heavy winds and some big temperature swings. Hail/snow coming down in the early afternoon but not sticking. Beautiful hike with incredible views at the top. Enjoy!
|2016-08-30||Route: Northwest Ridge from Missouri Gulch
Info: From about 13,500 up 6-8 inches of snow. A few spots are slippery with exposure!
|2016-08-21||Route: Northwest Ridge from Missouri Gulch
Info: Full trailhead around 6am. Started at 6am summit by 9:30 and back in the car by 12. Trail is pretty straight forward steep to start, mellow, and then steep to finish.
|2016-08-13||Route: West Ridge
Info: Route is in good condition. Clear Creak at the start of the 4x4 road is below calf-level if you step in the right places. Upper section of the 4x4 road has some large puddles which can be walked around or easily driven through. As other reports suggest, the short difficult class 2 section near the summit becomes a bit of a bottleneck. Recommend bringing gloves so you can use your hands on that section. Trail is easy to follow pretty much all the way up.
|2016-08-13||Route: Northwest Ridge from Missouri Gulch
Info: Hiked up Northwest Ridge Sunday 13 Aug. Nothing notable, just be careful near the summit where the trail has become dirt and you have to watch your footing. My partner and I didn't have any issues but the trail does bottleneck there a little as hikers are taking turns and their time getting through that area. Just adding a quick report since there is nothing else that recent. Great day for a hike.
|2016-07-23||Route: Northwest Ridge from Missouri Gulch
Info: Great conditions, no snow to cross, easy trail to follow. A few simple creek crossings after the Elk/Belford fork en route to Missouri. Some steep sections heading up to the ridge but nothing too bad. Gorgeous summer day! Saw quite a few people heading up with clouds building... Just watch the sky, and you're golden!
|2016-07-22||Route: Northwest Ridge from Missouri Gulch
Info: Camped at treeline. Hiked Missouri and then Emerald Pk, coming back on Elk Head Pass. This adds about 3.5-4 miles to the round trip.
|2016-07-16||Route: Northwest Ridge from Missouri Gulch
Info: No snow on route, conditions good. Ridgeline was VERY windy, there's a few places where the wind made moves much more difficult than normal.
|2016-07-10||Route: West Ridge
Info: Creeks at Rockdale are running knee deep in places -- we took off our shoes and waded across (wouldn't want to try it in our Subaru). Current isn't fast enough to be a concern, and we saw 5 jeeps drive through, and a pickup and Jeep Compass at the 4wd trailhead. Otherwise trail conditions are good except for at the crux described in the route description, which is pretty loose and pebbly. Re-reading the route description saw the class 3 option -- should've given that a try.
|2016-07-06||Route: Northwest Ridge from Missouri Gulch
Info: Route is in good condition. Only one spot below the ridge where snow was encountered, no snow gear necessary. It was extremely windy along the ridge to the summit. Be warned. High winds make the difficult parts of the ridge even more challenging.
|2016-06-25||Route: West Ridge
Info: Mostly snow free. The first gully of normally class 2 rock tower bypass section just below the summit was still snow covered, with the bottom 1/4 of the snow field being solid ice. The melting snow is also making the dirt below it into mud and I calved off a freightingly large chuck on the ascent. This section is sketchy with an axe, do not attempt without. Everyone after us choose to bypass over the class 3/4 rock tower instead, as did we on the descent. There is one very airy move on the rock tower. Please take this into consideration. This is currently NOT a class 2 route until the snow melts. Photo attached is looking back at this area.
|2016-06-19||Route: Northwest Ridge from Missouri Gulch
Info: Trail is mostly clear of snow, with some mild walkable snow sections a little below 13,000'. There's a patch below the saddle at 13,700' that was steep and hard enough for us to break out the microspikes and axes for a very short (but very safe!) scamper up the snow patch. From there, snow is avoidable up to the summit. Nice glissading down some of the not-so-steep gullies. Snow will probably be melting fast though, doubtful that spikes or axe will be needed by next weekend.
|2016-06-17||Route: North Face Couloirs
Info: North Face Couloir is still running continuously from the summit down in to Missouri Gulch... maybe 2,000 vert of fine spring corn.
|2016-06-12||Route: Northwest Ridge from Missouri Gulch
Info: Unlike it's neighbors to the east, Missouri is not completely dry and not in "summer condition." Shortly after the junction at 11,600, the trail is covered by deep snow for about 40 - 50% of the way, and anywhere that isn't snow covered was generally swampy. Things up higher didn't look much better - Wouldn't have felt safe continuing up to the ridge without an axe. Gaiters and good boots would be helpful, snowshoes would not be worth it.
|2016-06-05||Route: North Face Couloirs
Info: I camped in Missouri gulch last night and climbed Belford and Oxford today. I had intended to stay another night and do Missouri in the morning. On my descent from Belford I got a good look at Missouri's couloirs and the standard route. I elected to descend all the way to the parking lot. There is a ton of snow up there and it is really warm. Here you need the whole arsenal (crampons, ax, flotation and avy gear). There are already quite a few avalanches there and a lot of snow and cornices waiting to come down.