Iowa Peak  
Condition Updates  
Route: Emerald/Iowa Combo
Posted On: 2021-08-16, By: E_A_Marcus_949
Info: Started from Missouri Gulch --> Elkhead Pass --> Emerald Peak --> Iowa Peak. Straight-forward grassy slopes up to the summit. Herd of ~15 mountain goats watched our progress the whole way. Summer conditions. 
Route: Slope of Suck
Posted On: 2021-08-16, By: Grover
Info: Hiked up Iowa Peak from Clohesy Lake on Saturday. Since I orphaned Iowa during my outing to Emerald a few years ago, I used Missouri's West Ridge Route to start, then beelined directly to the Slope of Suck, to access the low point of the ridge between Mizzou (#almamater) and Iowa. Even though this slope was slightly tedious at times, it was worth it. I stayed hikers LEFT going UP, hikers RIGHT going DOWN, to stay on the talus. If doing a loop of Emerald and Iowa, I recommend this as your exit point. You should stay ABOVE the willows too, I might add, as some other TR's have mentioned. 
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Route: Missouri / Iowa / Emerald
Posted On: 2021-07-07, By: mijoflynn
Info: Did Missouri --> Iowa --> Emerald today. Creek crossings in Missouri Gulch are now easy. In the upper gulch, the trail was a little muddy, probably because of the deluge the area got Tuesday night. There are two snow fields sticking around just before you reach Missouri's northwest ridge, but neither will cause you any trouble. Otherwise, summer conditions to Missouri's summit. I was surprised to find a good trail down Missouri's south ridge -- it's easy class 2. There's a fainter trail up Iowa's north ridge. Both are in summer conditions. 
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Route: Emerald/Iowa Combo from Missouri Mountain
Posted On: 2021-05-09, By: supranihilest
Info: Easy and snowy Class 2 route from Missouri Mountain via Missouri's south ridge. The ridge has a considerable amount of snow and there were a few short snow pitches along the way, but overall it was a quick and easy climb of Iowa from Missouri. Traction, an ice axe, and flotation were not used for the ascent but you might want them just in case. 
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Route: Emerald/Iowa Combo
Posted On: 2020-07-02, By: cdgibbons
Info: Summer conditions. I placed pen/paper in the register. No other climbers. 
Route: Missouri to Iowa
Posted On: 2020-06-27, By: Clint the climber
Info: The ridge between Missouri and Iowa is completely dry. 
Route: Via Missouri Mountain
Posted On: 2020-06-08, By: wintersage
Info: Entire way from Missouri Mountain's summit to Iowa Peak was dry, with a few small snow patches that can be crossed without traction. 
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Route: Missouri Gulch
Posted On: 2020-05-31, By: angry
Info: Trail is mostly dry to Elkhead Pass. There are a few snowfields to cross, but did not necessitate snowshoes. Made our own route up Iowa first by climbing the rock far right of the Iowa/MIssouri saddle to gain the ridge. Summit register needs pen/paper. 
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Route: Missouri/Iowa/Emerald
Posted On: 2019-09-02, By: madmattd
Info: Descended South Ridge of Missouri on a solid use trail which continued, though fainter at times, to Iowa. Pretty straight-forward descent off Missouri, it looked trickier than it was. Easy tundra descent from Iowa to Iowa/Emerald col. 
Route: Emerald/Iowa Combo
Posted On: 2019-07-21, By: WildWanderer
Info: Snow avoidable from Emerald to Iowa 
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Route: Emerald/Iowa Combo
Posted On: 2018-06-21, By: DavidEStaunton
Info: Climbed from Missouri. I summited Missouri at 7:59a.m. and was on top of Emerald at 9:09a.m. Don't remember summit time for Iowa. Easy to get 2 centennial 13ers. The return can Be very interesting though. I returned via Elkhead Pass, and that was strenuous. 
Route: Emerald/Iowa Combo
Posted On: 2016-10-22, By: JasonKline
Info: Mostly clear from Missouri Gulch up to junction for Elkhead Pass and Missouri. After that, the loop containing Missouri, Iowa, and Emerald over to Elkhead Pass had many spots with an inch or two of ice and snow. Microspikes would have been helpful on the slippery spots, but the spots were so intermittent that I didn't put on traction. 

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