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UPDATESWhat we've been doing
- Every Step is Worth It.
– July 22, 2016
BEEP. BEEP. BEEP. BEEP…. I roll over, grab the alarm clock that’s relentlessly screaming 2:45 AM, click it off, and chunk it towards my feet. … Read More
- In Search of Solitude, Saturdays are not Your Friends
– July 18, 2016
THIS. IS. RIDICULOUS. THERE ARE ENTIRELY TOO MANY PEOPLE. Startled, I looked up from the scree field I had been carefully picking across and dove … Read More
- Alpine Vegetation and the Struggle to Survive
– July 15, 2016
Existing high on mountaintops, above 11,000-11,500 feet in elevation, the alpine tundra takes hold. This rugged landscape experiences strong and frequent winds, harsh ultraviolet radiation, … Read More
- Meet the Llamas!
– July 8, 2016
For the first time ever in the history of CFI we used llamas this season to assist with our pack-in deep into Chicago Basin and … Read More
- Elevation:14,067 feet (36th highest)
- Maps:USGS Quads: Mount Harvard & Winfield
Trails Illustrated® – TOPO Map #129 (Extreme north end of the access route is on # 110)
Click here to purchase Trails Illustrated® maps for this route.
- Contact:US Forest Service, Leadville Ranger District (719) 486-0749
Our Work CFI completed major trail construction and restoration on Missouri Mountain from 2000-2001. Due to annual traffic on this peak, the standard route is maintained regularly by CFI and partner organizations.
Recommended Route Missouri Gulch Route—use of this route will help to reduce impacts to this Fourteener’s fragile alpine environment. For detailed route information including pictures, maps, and elevation profiles, click here.
Route Information and Additional Resources The trailhead is approximately fourteen miles north of Buena Vista, and eight miles west at Clear Creek Reservoir. The trailhead is clearly marked, parking and outhouses are available. Follow the well-marked Missouri Gulch trail to the Missouri Gulch Basin, toward Elkhead Pass. The route up Missouri cuts off the main trail prior to Elkhead Pass, and gains Missouri’s northwest ridge. This is a route, not a trail. Construction was completed in 2001. Follow the ridge southeast. The ridge route contains loose rock and has some exposure. Snow is often on the ridge until late in the summer; an ice axe should be considered.
The above information does not replace the need to consult additional maps and Colorado Fourteener Guidebooks for more detailed route descriptions. We suggest checking multiple resources before departing on any hike. Keep in mind that not all guidebooks list this recommended route and that each guidebook’s description or route name may vary slightly.
Peak Specific Environmental and Safety Concerns This area is subject to Wilderness Area regulations: Group size limit is 15. No camping or campfires within 100 feet of trail or streams. Dogs must be leashed at all times. No motorized or mechanical equipment. Many rare, endangered, or sensitive species exist along this route. Please try to remain on already impacted areas to protect species. Travel on trails, rock, and snow wherever possible and avoid walking on vegetation.