Missouri Mountain Trail is a 8.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Granite, Colorado that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. 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.
Missouri Gulch TH : Long trail through a forest, meadow, and ridge to the peak of this 14er. The first half of this trail is the same for the trail of Mount Belford and Oxford. Had a little bit of everything and was very easy to follow the trail. Stay right at both trail sign junctions when in the meadow and be prepared for all the switchbacks!
It was great! The trail is a bit steep at times, definitely bring hiking sticks. Great views from up top.
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.