Missouri Mountain  
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Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-10-22, By: NathanLizard
Info: Windy today but visibility was great. The south side the summit provided a little bit of wind block which was nice once I got there. No snow on the trail but the scree is slippery in some places. 
 
Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-10-21, By: GordoByrn
Info: I shot some video walking back from the summit. The 16.32.24 clip is looking up/around from the base of the crux down climb. https://www.dropbox.com/sh/4xrpft2wgxe78m0/AAA8kEBQ5VvLFq06209OdH7ya?dl=0 
 
Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2020-10-19, By: Dan_Suitor
Info: Missouri, Iowa, Emerald loop returning via Iowa's west ridge's north gully. Mostly clear. All snow avoidable on Emerald. Snow avoidable in Iowa's west ridge's north gully. No traction needed. If the gully fills with more snow traction might be advisable. Fun not well publicized route. 
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Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2020-10-17, By: hoopnden
Info: Trail dry all the way with with the exception of a few small patches of snow up top. easy to find trail and highly recommend the short cut to save old knees like my 64 yo original ones. Wind was gusting near 50 mph all day. The access out of the creek is tough. My 2004 Sequoia with 17" tires barely made it. All in all a great route even though it seems like a stair stepper for the first 2+ miles. 
 
Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-09-27, By: PJ88
Info: Route was dry except for a few spots on the ridge. Snow spots are all packed but you can avoid them easily if you prefer. Very windy on the ridge today. Fun route. 
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Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-09-27, By: Heavy_as_Lead
Info: Basically summer conditions, I only crossed 2 or 3 short patches of snow on the ridge which could have been avoided. It was quite windy and cold on the ridge crest, however. When I was heading back from the summit, I decided to stick to the ridge proper instead of descending loose dirt to the crux of the standard route. I felt like this is a much more solid option, so long as you are comfortable on exposed class 3 and are very careful about not kicking rocks down on the standard route below you. 
 
Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2020-09-27, By: wsaunders11
Info: Started in Rockdale and hiked the West Ridge of Missouri and then traversed over Iowa and Emerald. We down climbed the S/SW ridge off Emerald to make it a loop back to Clohesy Lake. Pretty dry/warm conditions (altho the wind was fierce and definitely made it feel like fall) and we didn't put a boot in snow all day. First picture is looking out towards Iowa and Emerald from Missouri summit. Second pic is a closer look at the north face of Emerald as we were heading down the south face of Iowa. There are plenty of snow patches on Emerald north face but all can be easily avoided. Third picture is looking back up the SW face of Emerald. 
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Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-09-26, By: seayachter
Info: Route is completely dry with the exception of a few little snow patches that are avoidable on the ridge. Very enjoyable route, ended up .75 mile longer than description. 
 
Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2020-09-19, By: thebeave7
Info: Climbed up from the Iowa saddle, patchy snow on the ridge and wind loaded snow on the West side of the ridge (so don't descend that way. Descended the West ridge, upper trail is in good shape (though steep and loose), just a few patches of snow to dodge. 
 
Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-09-14, By: ellenmseb
Info: 6-12 inches of soft snow. Doable with microspikes. for me (summer hiker, no winter mountaineering skills) it seemed only marginally harder than if it was dry. unlike Belford, the trail is not completely packed. Instead, there are a few sets of footprints, which diverge from the route in some places. It's an easy climb if you follow those footprints instead of the route. It will only get easier until the next snowfall. Today had a forecasted high of 47F. Snow was frozen except for noon-4pm. I chose to climb Belford before noon, Oxford and descend to the Missouri junction until 4pm; then at 4pm, MIssouri's snow started to freeze again. This resulted in mostly frozen snow during ascents, and an incredible sunset view on Missouri. 
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Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-09-13, By: tjhoff
Info: Trail had between 3-6in of snow and was well packed to the tree line and easy to follow. However, conditions quickly changed near the Belford/Missouri split. Snow was 18in+ deep in some places and the trail became tough to follow, even with GPS as there was no packed trail after this point. Ventured onto about 12,000ft however, the wind was howling and was blowing snow, blocking any visibility above 13,000ft and rapidly covering our tracks behind us so we turned back. Conditions above tree line have likely greatly improved at this point, but likely a muddy mess below tree line until things dry out from the snow melt. 
 
Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-09-05, By: vondiesel
Info: A clear, dry day on 9/4/20. Warm, light wind, and no smoke. Of course this will all change after Labor Day when the snow hits, but until then everything should be perfect. The downclimb/crux is really no big deal. I just leaned into the rock on climber's left and sort of went down backwards like using a ladder. The rock and footing are really solid. The sandy part immediately below the rock is the bigger problem. Once you get to it, you can hike further down the sandy slope and around a little spike of rock, but then you have to climb about 20 feet back up a steep, sandy slope. But this is totally avoidable if you just go straight across toward a little rock wall. There's a little notch at the left/upper side of this wall that is super easy to climb through. It's only about 3-4 feet high and there are solid rock footholds. Two steps and you're through! Then you can avoid pretty much all of the sand. Photo attached. 
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Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-08-28, By: solo13
Info: Absolutely gorgeous day! Not a cloud in the sky. I only saw 1 person on the way up, and a few more on the way back to the TH. Conditions were great. Dry all the way up. Great to see so many cairns on the way up to the ridge too! 
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Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-08-27, By: climbskiyogi
Info: Stunning day yesterday! I only saw 3 people on the way up and 4 people on the way down. The last bit to the summit is on pretty loose terrain, but my dog and I did just fine. 
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Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-08-23, By: wangchem
Info: Sunset looked cool with the smoke. Hiked on the night before and camped at ~11,500 near the creek. There were 5 other groups in the area, pretty much all flat spots were taken. Smoke is very noticeable, the trail above the higher trail split is NOT in a good condition. Loose dirt, slippery, trekking poles are very helpful. The crux point just underneath the summit is not too bad, just the washout makes it slippery, go slow. On the summit, very different than normal, limited view due to smoke. 
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Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-08-02, By: mountainmanfrank
Info: My wife and I climbed the Missouri Nothwest Ridge route today along with Belford/Oxford. On the descent at 12,600 there is a trail junction for the Elkhead Pass Trail (sign at junction says "Belford" this way). We then ascended this trail to link up to the Belford via Oxford route. This is a long 16.4 mile day (fitbit calculated over 20 miles) but if the weather is good, a great way to bag three 14ers in a day! 
 
Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-07-14, By: jakesoren10
Info: Wonderful day on the mountain, full summer conditions. Beautiful day! Incredible views. 
 
Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-07-06, By: Jengaeng
Info: Trail is in mostly great condition to the summit. All the stream crossings are navigable on logs or rocks, though they were very slippery in the morning. Two tiny patches of snow on the climb up to the ridge. Shortly before the summit, there is a small stretch of trail that has been wiped away by snow or rock. And it happens to be at a point of high exposure! Nevertheless, people and dogs made their way across with little trouble. Amazing views from the ridge; beautiful weather before the monsoons rolled in around 11:30am; overall a wonderful hike. 
 
Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2020-07-02, By: cdgibbons
Info: While the trail miles are an obvious deterrent, if you have reason to be on this side, South Ridge is a lovely finish on Missouri. Great views and a strong climber's trail all the way from the saddle with Iowa with only one short section of steep dirt about 100 feet below the summit. Summer conditions. About a dozen people at or near the summit, two of whom ascended a north face couloir to just below the summit. 
 
Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2020-06-29, By: sailingstar22
Info: The "stream crossing" at the beginning threw us off until we looked at the GPS - it's more of a river walk/wade/forge - as you have to walk downstream about 100 ft until you can see the "exit" about 100 yards ahead. It took us a lot of poking around to figure it out; probably wasted 25 minutes. It was miserably cold at 6am, I would advise socks and extra shoes to try to keep your feet warm. The second crossing is right after the first and much more straightforward. We left our sandals at the TH after the second crossing. The road hike up is easy after the first 1/2 mile uphill. We took the "old" trail up, which was nice running along the stream/waterfall (note: it was easier to take the shortcut down to avoid the scree/loose stuff on the old trail). Trail is very obvious above treeling, though some of the steep tundra/alpine sections are eroding and soft - I recommend trekking poles for the way down. These look very mild in the photos, but are fairly steep - wildflowers were fantastic in this section though! Really great route, but I do wish we had a lifted vehicle to speed up the time hiking the road. Clohesy lake is beautiful and I'd spend more time there! 

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