Missouri Mountain

Featured photo of Missouri Mountain

Missouri Mountain is in the central Sawatch Range, and is usually climbed from Missouri Gulch. It is considered slightly harder than its neighbors Mt. Belford and Mt. Oxford, because of the steep loose dirt and scree the route must climb to gain the ridge. Missouri Mountain has a rugged north face, unlike its more rounded neighbors.

Elevation (feet): 14,067
Elevation (meters): 4,288
Continent: North America
Country: United States
Range/Region: Sawatch Range
State: Colorado
Latitude: 38.9472
Longitude: -106.378
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Nearest major airport: Denver
Convenient Center: Buena Vista or Leadville

Thanks to Kirk Mallory for adding this peak.

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 16 trip reports for Missouri Mountain.

Select any entry from the list below:

  • Log #21042 - by Patrick L. Lilly on Sep 29, 2007
    After waiting out PM showers, we left camp at about 11,000 ft. in Missouri Gulch at 2 pm and summitted at 5 pm in glorious sunshine. Steep scree, spiky ridge: a hard climb for the Sawatch. A new 14er...
  • Log #19667 - by Erik Peffer on July 02, 2006
    This is no walk-up as listed. This was my 16th 14er and really one of the more difficult ones I have climbed - not technically, but the trail itself isn't a smooth ascent, it's really put together...
  • Log #12118 - by david howell on Oct 06, 2004
    Very cold about -10 degrees 20mph winds we lived Dont stop get it get it....
  • Log #12119 - by Greg Andersom on July 30, 2004
    I LOVE COLORADO! Use to live here and miss it! A beautiful day and a beautiful mountain. Came up from Vicksburg and after the switchbacks to get warmed up had a great hike. The Missouri gulch is...
  • Log #12120 - by Frank Donatelli on Nov 26, 2003
    A very fun mountain, with a great summit ridge, awesome view and super descent down some scree and small talus. I climbed this mountain in the fall. The walk down through the aspens was nice.
  • Log #12121 - by Cris on Sep 28, 2003
    This mountain becomes rather hard to do later in the day as the sum melts the snow into slush. There is also no trail to the summit other then the one I broke. Getting to treeline is also somewhat of...
  • Log #12122 - by Jay Morse on Sep 24, 2002
    Long climb (10 miles, 4,400 total vert) Awesome ridge climbing! Great weather (clear, some cold gusts). With Tom & Chandler.
  • Log #12123 - by Ryan Badtke on Sep 13, 2002
    Bagged Missouri, Belford, and Oxford in a day. Finished the summer with 34 14ers. If you have any questions or just want to talk about mountains, please e-mail me!!! I love to talk climbing with...
  • Log #12124 - by Michael Jake on June 12, 2002
    Climbed one of the N face couloirs - one just left of the "C" Couloir. Started postholing about 400 ft. from the summit ridge so we exited onto some of the most rotten rock I have ever...
  • Log #12125 - by Zachary Alexander on Sep 02, 2001
    Check for trail conditions before. This fairly easy climb became one of the longest climbs, when all routes were covered by snow.
  • Log #12126 - by Aaron Batte on July 31, 2001
    The Northwest Ridge route is a good climb. A very loose trail, makes for a slow descent. However the forest service is constructing a new trail, near the old one, that leads to the saddle just north...
  • Log #12127 - by Jeff Price on May 01, 2001
    After reading Into Thin Air with my tenth grade English class here in TN, we decided to take a pop at the summit of the highest mountain around here. It was a fun hike, but a bit of a disappointment...
  • Log #12128 - by Matt Kirk on Nov 03, 2000
    Greetings 14er climbers and enthusiasts. I just wanted to let everyone know that there should be a 14ers forum coming soon at http://www.trailjournals.com. If you have the time, please come by and...
  • Log #12129 - by Terry Tomich on Nov 02, 2000
    (reposted to correlate with the post below) "What a day. Shirtless at 6am, near whiteout around noon, & shirtless by 2pm. The approach up Mis. Gulch is a LONG one.
  • Log #12130 - by Terry Tomich on Nov 02, 2000
    This is a serious note for anyone climbing 14ers. I climbed this peak intending on (and prepared to) stay "in the brush" overnight or maybe 2 days. I basically left the summit not caring...
  • Log #12131 - by Kirk Mallory on Oct 07, 1999
    Climbed this peak on a beautiful September day. The weather was so good, that I went on to climb Iowa Peak, Emerald Peak, Mt. Oxford, and Mt. Belford. These five peaks took me 12 Hrs 15 Min from the...