Missouri Mountain is a 11 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Granite, CO that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, nature trips, and snowshoeing and is accessible from June until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
Missouri Mountain (14,067') is accessed from the Missouri Gulch trailhead. The trailhead is shared with Mt Belford and Mt Oxford. The trail starts with steep switchbacks through the trees before leveling out is Missouri Gulch. Another series of steep switchbacks takes you to the Missouri Mountain ridge. I walk along the ridge and a little scrambling lead to the summit.
Gorgeous hike, definitely head up super early. Storms come by noon, and you don't want to be on the summit during the lightening. We left at 5:30am from the trail head and got to the summit around 11. Definitely a moderate hike, but definitely beautiful if you're up for the long miles! When we went there was still snow on the hills after the rock portion (right before the summit) so we slid all the way down on the snow!
You enter steep switchbacks in the forest. Once above tree line you level out in the Gulch and get your first glimpse Missouri Mountain. The trail heads to the right of the true summit and begins the final set of steep switchbacks to the ridge. Head to the left along the ridgeline to the summit.