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Hiking & Walking: Colorado > Pike and San Isabel National Forests > Leadville Ranger District

Quick Facts

Missouri Mountain

Beginning Elevation: 9,500 Feet (2961.3 Meters)
Difficulty: More Difficult to Most Difficult
Elevation Gain: 4,500 Feet (1402.7 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 14,067 Feet (4385.0 Meters)
High Point: 14,067 Feet (4385.0 Meters) summit of Missouri Mountain
Length, Round Trip: 4.8 Miles (8.0 Kilometers)
Other Maps: Trails Illustrated 129 Buena Vista, Collegiate Peaks
Trail Number: 1378
Usage: Moderate to Heavy
USGS Maps: Mt. Harvard, Winfield quads




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General Description

After a heavy snow year a high peak may remain snow covered until August
Copyright: Loretta McEllhiney - US Forest Service
After a heavy snow year a high peak may remain snow covered until August
#1: from Rockdale, Lake Fork of Clear Creek a four-wheel drive vehicle can continue three miles to a road closure at Cloyses Lake. Users can walk the four-wheel drive road to the closure. The path forks east at the road closure then climbs steeply to a glacial basin at approximately 12,000' elevation. Take the fork northeast, climb to the summit ridge, attain ridge at approximately 13,000' elevation. Hike along the ridge to the summit, 14,067'.

Please stay on established trails as much as possible, particularly on the descent. From the ridge, hike southeast to Missouri Mountain's summit. The couliors on Missouri's north face should be avoided except when snow covered and by those who are properly experienced and equipped. When descending, please avoid the scree slopes, as rare plants are tenuously existing there.

Directions from Leadville: #1: From Leadville travel south on U.S. highway 24 to Granite, continue 11/2 miles south to clear Creek Road, Forest Road 390, travel west 10 miles to Rockdale. The trailhead provides parking space, but has no restrooms, water or overnight facilities.

Directions from Leadville: #2: From Leadville travel south on U.S. highway 24 to Granite, continue 11/2 miles south to Clear Creek Road, Forest Road 390, travel 8 miles to Vicksburg. Park in the Missouri Gulch trailhead parking.

Directions from Leadville: #3: From Leadville travel south on U.S. highway 24 to Gold Camp Trailer Park. Continue to travel on the dirt road to a road closure/trailhead. (Forest Road 388)



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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Hiking & Walking Missouri Mountain Trail
Yes
ICON Horseback Riding Missouri Mountain Trail
Yes
ICON Mountain Climbing Missouri Mountain
Yes



Related Activities
Clear Creek Road - Clear Creek Road is passable by most two-wheel drive vehicles. Many recreation opportunities are accessible from this road including hiking, fishing, viewing scenery, touring historic sites, mountain biking and four-wheel driving.

Missouri Gulch Trail - This area is extremely popular with climbers with access to Mt. Belford, Mt. Oxford and Missouri Mountain. To experience solitude, plan your trip for a week day.

Mt. Belford - Mount Belford reaches a height of 14,197' and is one of many fourteeners in the Sawatch Mountain Range west of Buena Vista.

Vicksburg Historic Site - Vicksburg became a mining camp during the last decades of the Nineteenth Century. It's prosperity didn't last long and most of the residents moved from the area for more profitable mining.



More Information

Visitor Information:

Greater Leadville Area Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 861 , Leadville, CO, 80461, Phone: 719-486-3900, Fax: 719-486-8478, leadville@sni.net

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