Missouri Mountain  
Condition Updates  
Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2022-06-12, By: ryansunshine20
Info: Mostly summer conditions but there's a few sections where the snow is unavoidable and one section before hitting the ridge where you have to get off trail because it's steep and the snow covering the trail sucks. A lot of people seem to be avoiding the remaining snow and running water by stepping on muddy tundra just off the trail which is absolutely destroying the tundra so please don't do that. 
Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2022-06-04, By: psg188
Info: We climbed the NW ridge route on Missouri on Friday (6/3) and had fantastic conditions! The trail up to the split with Belford was almost completely dry with just a few snow drifts in the trees. After the split the trail took turns under snow and in the open until the Missouri turnoff, at which point there was more snow than dry. We followed the summer trail where we could see it, but took a snow field most of the way up to the saddle where you make the ridge, crampons were helpful but snowshoes were never needed. There was definitely some slide activity on the north couloirs, and were extra careful on the snow field up to the ridge as a result. Lots of rock fall rolling down the snow, but we were able to see and anticipate as needed. Once on the ridge crampons weren't needed, it was almost completely dry barring a couple steep patches just before the summit, which had good boot pack and were easy enough without traction, but some might consider it mildly exposed. Happy to answer any questions, it was a great day and I was surprised how great the view was from up top! 
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Route: North Face Couloirs
Posted On: 2022-05-31, By: Christensenje
Info: Mostly dry up to missouri turn off. Difficult to follow the trail from there. Able to skin from about 1/2 mile beyond the turn off at 12,000 feet. Today was more wintery conditions wise. Lots of transported new snow onto north to east slopes. Lots of wind loading. Even taking the standard trail, ice axe and crampons necessary as snow on west side of ridge was frozen and snow below the fresh snow was slick. Flotation needed hiking in the valley too above 12k. Wouldn't recommend doing this climb unless familiar with springs time snow conditions and avalanches right now. Also found 4-12 inches of transported snow in the Couloirs. Set off small dry lose avalanche when skiing. This new dry snow will begin to become wet and slide naturally over the next couple of days. 
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Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2022-05-19, By: btillack
Info: I tackled Belford, Oxford, and Missouri today (5/19/22) from the Missouri Gulch TH. Road is dry and passable for 2WD. Beyond the Belford-Elkhead Pass junction the snow on the Missouri switchbacks caused some postholing nightmares. I felt like I was wading through thigh-deep water disguised as snow. So do this early in the morning to avoid such misery. Snow on the Belford trail to its summit and even beyond to Oxford is nearly non-existent. So no postholing issues there. Wind was ferocious. 
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Route: North Face Couloirs
Posted On: 2022-05-07, By: wanderingsteve
Info: Don't start skinning until after you cross the log bridge in the avalanche debris. There is a lot of snow before that, but it's intermittent. Great snow on the upper mountain. Climbed the C Couloir and skied down the direct couloir (C Colouir has a bit of a tricky entry right now). The ski down was awesome. We didn't notice any signs of instability or avalanche concerns. I did see evidence of an old wet avalanche west of the C Couloir, but it was pretty small. If you've been eyeing this, go get it! The snow is melting fast below 12k. I'll add some photos tomorrow. 
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Route: North Face Couloirs
Posted On: 2022-05-06, By: Pedro F
Info: TH road bone dry. Also bone dry: TH outhouse TP supply, so BYOTP. Intermittent snow cover on the trail becomes more regular, unfortunately, at switchbacks. Between compression and freeze/thaw, switchbacks were fairly slippery during ascent. I put on microspikes for switchbacks, which I found helpful. Once you cross the second "bridge", route finding becomes somewhat tricky...a bit of choose your own adventure. Up in the meadow, we had a handful of issues with postholing, even in the ascent, but was generally OK. For the couloirs proper, we went the C-couloir route. Did not use any traction here...step-kicking worked quite well. Highly recommend bringing an ice axe or two, absent this you will expend a lot of energy punching to gain hand holds. Ridge was windy AF, relieved it's only a short stretch to the summit as snow there was rock hard and slippery. Summit itself is scoured dry. Glissaded down C but by then bluebird sun was high, snow was soft and our imprint was larger than I would have liked. Unsurprisingly, needed to don our snowshoes throughout the meadow on descent, kept them on until log "bridge", although there are a few dry stretches. Did not use any traction from log crossing for remainder of descent: minor postholing was manageable. Left TH 5:15, summited 12:00, back at TH 3:15 
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Route: North Face Couloirs
Posted On: 2022-05-02, By: Snow_Dog_frassati
Info: The approach sucks from a skiing perspective. Just enough snow to make it tempting to put on skins, but not enough to ski/avoid rocks. Expect to put skis on at the creek crossing if you want continuous snow. If you are okay switching a lot you can probs tour most of the switchbacks atm. The face itself is in great condition - It barely goes from the top, get it soon if you're after that. In the new snow I set off a pretty small slough slide today - but a good freeze and thaw cycle should fix that. For now though be sure to ski with caution if in a group and manage terrain accordingly. will add pics later 
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Route: North Face Couloirs
Posted On: 2022-01-24, By: RWSchaffer
Info: Good trench led from the trailhead to the stream crossing. Less solid trench led to the cabin. I wore snowshoes almost from trailhead; even at its best, the trench wasn't quite solid enough to completely prevent postholing, and floatation became more necessary farther up. Beyond the cabin, old tracks were occasionally visible. Snow coverage was nearly univeral but thin. Still, it was possible to travel entirely on snow with my snowshoes only rarely scraping rocks under the snow (photos 1 and 2). The main couloir was well filled with snow (photo 3 shows the main couloir at left and the "C" couloir at right). My ice axe handle on self-belay didn't hit underlyng rock until the top 50 feet where coverage thinned. I climbed the main couloir, where 4-8 inches of relatively fresh snow on a solid, supportive base made for easy stepping. There were enough spots where fresh snow was thin that crampons and ice axe are mandatory. Photo 4 looks down on the route from above while photo 5 shows it from below. I carried but did not use spikes. I did not notice any signs of snow instability. Even untracked snow in willows did not collapse. The only sign of recent avalanche activity was what looked like an old shallow release, faintly visible in the upper right corner of photo 5. Photo 6 shows conditions on Mount Belford. 
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Route: NW Couloirs
Posted On: 2022-01-16, By: RobLowe
Info: More snow on 390 than last year. Less snow in Missouri Gulch than last year. We weaved our way up between NW ridge and North Face Couloirs, with a little combination of both. 17 miles RT. 
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Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2021-12-13, By: morgansperry
Info: Not a ton of snow, we didn't bring snowshoes or use the crampons we brought. The crampons may have been helpful the final 100ish feet to the summit, but we only used our ice tool. 
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Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2021-11-27, By: kcovingt1
Info: Absolutely gorgeous day on Missouri today. Warm weather, blue skies and almost no wind. Didn't really hit substantial snow until 13k. From the turnoff used spikes and ice axe (poles would have worked too). Very slick. Doesn't look like there's a packed trail up elkhead pass. Saw several groups packing trail on Belford though! 
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Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2021-11-19, By: Grisel
Info: Route is mostly dry up until the Elkhead pass junction. After that, intermittent snow with the creek crossings being frozen over. Snow becomes a bit deeper once breaking off Elkhead pass and working up the ridge but not too deep and mostly sugary snow. Once I'm the ridge, mostly dry other than a couple short sections of snow. Surprisingly warm day 
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Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2021-10-05, By: CommanderDawn
Info: A little wet near 13,600. The only snow on the trail proper was the west-facing side where you ascend the ridge around 13,800. Used microspikes to ensure safety given the exposure in this section. All other parts of the trail were dry. Good weather day. 
Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2021-10-02, By: koryankees_007
Info: Trail is mostly dry with a few wet spot up until around 12,800 ft. There is light snow on the trail up to the ridge, but gets a littler heavier as you go, not too bad. Would suggest microspikes for 13,200 and up or else you will be sliding all over the place. Used spikes from 13,200 up to the summit and down. 
Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2021-09-26, By: JasonCrane
Info: Summited Missouri Mountain via the standard route from Missouri Gulch TH. Very dry conditions, although stream has a light flow. Trail is easy generally easy to follow with trail signage at junctions & cairns along the face & ridge. Ridge hike is long & the short exposed section just below the summit was slightly tricky, but very manageable. Gorgeous 360 degree views from summit. 
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Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2021-09-18, By: Sapper36
Info: Did Missouri the Oxford, Belford via Elk Head Pass. Long day. Wasn't expecting to crest lower saddle of Belford and see Oxford so far away. Route is obvious and straight forward, though lots of vert. The Missouri ridge is probably a class 2+ with loose footing and a brief exposed section. 
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Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2021-09-05, By: ericwolf88
Info: Perfect weather conditions and great day on the mountain. Started at 6:45 and was a bit cold, but warmed very quickly once you start moving. Parking lot was packed, as would be expected on a Labor Day Weekend. Probably about 2:1 ratio of people cutting off to Belford vs. Missouri, but still about 30-40 people doing Missouri. The mudslide as mentioned in previous posts is hard packed and dry - there are some tree bridges across streams when you get to that section heading west. I took that way and then just hugged the right side of the creek until it linked back up with the trial. Missouri was not as bad as I thought it might be - there is significant gain in the beginning from the parking lot to the meadow, but then it levels out for awhile as you walk some distance, and then another stretch of significant gain to get to the saddle, but then once on the saddle it's more of a walk than a hike across the summit ridge. I liked how you got some breaks in between stretches of hard climbing. 3.5 hours to summit and then about 3 to get back down for me. 
Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2021-08-24, By: marcusmartin
Info: Arrived at the Missouri Gulch TH at 6:45 am (a little late) and the lot was nearly full. When you get to the stream just after the Belford/Oxford fork, you generally want to be on the right (west) side of the stream as you ascend. The hike gets tough after the Elkhead Pass fork and remains so up to the NW Ridge. There are several sections on the section above Elkhead Pass and on the NW Ridge that are "kitty litter" hard packed - very slick and you can easily slip if you are not careful. I used work gloves to grab rocks and stayed low. I didn't have poles but I talked to a few people who did and they said the poles were more of a hinderance than a help on these sections. Go slow. Arrived at the summit at 10:40 am. No one was there. Stay an hour and no one arrived the hour I was there. Bluebird day. Best of all: NO SMOKE!! Little to no wind & warm. All stream crossings were easily navigated without getting wet. Epic Day! 
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Route: via Emerald/Iowa
Posted On: 2021-08-16, By: E_A_Marcus_949
Info: No trail off Iowa to Iowa/Missouri saddle - faint, yet decent, trail leading up to Missouri summit. Summer conditions. Long day: Missouri Gulch TH --> Emerald --> Iowa --> Missouri. Down standard NW ridge - from my first ascent up NW ridge in 2016 until now the ridge/crux of the route up Missouri has eroded significantly. We went down and around the towers, however, if you're up for a scramble (*and have the skills), it looked stable and may be preferable. Make sure to follow the actual trail on the way down instead of any social trails (this mountain clearly has enough erosion going on). 
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Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2021-08-06, By: PikaSteve
Info: Mudslide is now well-consolidated with only route change being the formation of a new social trail a few feet west of where the prior trail is now a creek channel. Helpful map from KBowBow shows the short area of impact, just above the Belford/Missouri trail split. https://www.14ers.com/php14ers/peakstatus_entry.php?recnum=21176 It is hard to predict how this area will evolve with each rainstorm. Most of the mudflow is coming from the Belford channel and at some point, there may be another major realignment of how the Belford and Missouri channels merge together. When you reach the mudslide area, keep heading toward Pt 13,784' until you have crossed multiple channels and reached a large cairn. Then make your way parallel to the former trail, mostly on meadow, with some unavoidable talus hopping. CFI trail provides solid switchbacks to saddle. Short crux downclimb before summit had most loose material washed off by recent rains, but was already dried out. Haze gave limited visibility, but otherwise, a great hike with many flowers, interesting mudslide and a beautiful ridge walk. 
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