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Missouri Mountain Trail

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Missouri Mountain Trail is a 9.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Granite, Colorado that features a river and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 9.6 miles Elevation Gain: 4,468 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

camping

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

bird watching

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

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 at Missouri Gulch. Another series of steep switchbacks takes you to the Missouri Mountain ridge. Walking along the ridge and a little scrambling will lead to the summit.

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scramble
1 day ago

The early season snow, loose steep scree and exposure was a bit more challenging than a typical Class 2 14er. The views from the top are amazing!

hiking
1 month ago

Really enjoyed Missouri Mountain! Despite the easy ridge walk and walk through the meadow, the beginning portion of the trail through the trees is very steep as well as the section preceding the ridge. Definitely an underrated 14er and less popular than Bel/Ox. While Missouri takes on a “classic” Sawatch approach, know that there is looser terrain and a true Class 2 scramble at the crux, which is untraditional for a Sawatch. Also, the recent avalanches did change the terrain quite a bit through tree line, especially the river crossings (all 4 of them).

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muddy
2 months ago

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2 months ago

Amazing views from the top

hiking
2 months ago

Three swollen stream crossings in the dark make for wet feet if you are not extremely nimble leaping wet rocks. Cold feet later as a consequence. Otherwise a good hike. A 50 yard long 45degree slope traverse across snow/ice field would be better with an ice axe. Some interesting scrambling the last half mile along the ridge. Some options will take you below/around obstacles but with elevation to be done again. The adventurous will stick to thd top of the ridge.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike! It’s most definitely 11.5 miles though, not 9.5. Either way, it’s a classic Sawatch 14er. Nothing too crazy but beautiful views and the meadow is a gorgeous little corner of the world to hang out in.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Great hike! The middle third of this hike is really easy meadow walking which allows your legs time to recharge while you enjoy the basin views. The last 1/2 mile or so is all ridge line with a moderate amount of exposure and scrambling in some parts, which is really fun! Seemingly not as popular as Belford/oxford, so I had the summit to myself for a while on a Tuesday morning. Fair amount of dispersed camping possibilities in the area- plenty on the road to the trailhead, and some in the basin/gulch area near the stream!

Tuesday, August 07, 2018

This was a nice fourteener with some gorgeous views! It has some steep sections in the trees and then mellows out at treeline and doesn’t get steep again until you’re nearing the summit. There is a lot of loose dirt that made it a little slippery near the top coming down so be careful! Not many people hike this one which is nice. Me and my friend had the whole summit to ourselves and out of the 14 fourteeners, I’ve done, this one had some of the best views at the top! Also, this hike is about 11.5 miles round trip, not 8.6.

hiking
Thursday, August 02, 2018

Took the Pear Lake trail on the west side of the mountain. It is 2.2 miles west of the Missouri trail head. Your vehicle will need to cross a stream. My Subaru did fine but had to park it after that. The next stream crossing leads to a serious 4x4 road. We hiked the road 3 miles to the Missouri trail head. Beautiful views, no people, great hike!

Monday, July 09, 2018

Did this on a Saturday, and despite sharing a trailhead with Belford/Oxford, the hike was pleasant and quiet above treeline. Loved the scramble, but beware the loose gravel and huge steps up and down. Saw a few dogs struggle with this one. There are water crossings for them to cool off in, but maybe consider if they can handle it before bringing them.

hiking
Saturday, July 07, 2018

Beautiful trail to a fun 14er. Didn’t feel like we went up 4.4k. Weather was quick to turn sour around noon, so be careful. The parking lot was almost entirely full by 6 am.

hiking
Wednesday, July 04, 2018

Did this yesterday (6/3) and the weather was perfect. Started at 6 am and finished around 1 pm. I have done a couple other 14ers that were category twos and I felt that this one was a lot tougher. There’s a lot of loose rock and gravel on the trail once you get passed the boulder field. It’s all on the edge of the mountain at a slope so not for the faint of heart. And then the crux in Missouri was a little more intense than I thought it would be. Despite this, it’s not a very crowded hike which was nice and the views at the top are worth it.

hiking
Monday, July 24, 2017

Beautiful trail and much less traffic than the Belford / Oxford trails. Recent rain and snowmelt made some parts of the trail wet and two steam crossings challenging without waterproof boots from the standpoint of keeping your feet dry (I went barefoot). I would not classify this trail as moderate. The combined steepness of the beginning and push to the summit along with the altitude make this a challenging hike.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Great leading up trail to the mountain. I didn't follow this standard route, but went up the North Face Couloir. Super difficult for me with current conditions.

backpacking
Thursday, May 18, 2017

Can you camp anywhere along this trail? Traveling from TN in June, want to backpack in, camp and do day hikes. Any recommendations on 12er or 13er?

hiking
Monday, November 14, 2016

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!

hiking
Thursday, July 23, 2015

It was great! The trail is a bit steep at times, definitely bring hiking sticks. Great views from up top.

hiking
Friday, July 17, 2015

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!

hiking
Monday, August 11, 2014

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.

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