Missouri Gulch Trail

Collegiate Peaks Wilderness Area, Colorado

Distance6.8mi
Elevation Gain5,559ft
Trailhead Elevation9,659ft
Top13,219ft
Elevation Min/Max9644/13219ft
Elevation Start/End9659/9659ft

Missouri Gulch Trail

Missouri Gulch Trail is a hiking trail in , Colorado. It is within San Isabel National Forest and Collegiate Peaks Wilderness Area. It is 6.8 miles long and begins at 9,659 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 13.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 5,559 feet. The Mt. Missouri & Mt. Columbia parking is near the trailhead. There are also restrooms. The Windfield Cemetery (elevation 9,678 feet) grave yard can be seen along the trail. There are also camp sites along the trail. This trail connects with the following: 1444, Pine Creek Trail 1467, Missouri Mountain Northwest Ridge, Missouri Mountain Northface Couloirs (snow) and Mt. Oxford via Belford (standard).

Missouri Gulch Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"This hike, with its 4,660 feet of elevation gain, is a relatively strenuous choice, but the rewards are ample. After climbing for the first two miles the trail finally levels out in a high alpine valley with picturesque fourteen-thousand-foot peaks on both sides and, if you are lucky enough to be there in early August, a splendid carpet of wildflowers.

There are no lakes in the upper Missouri Gulch, but water is abundant and many backpackers opt to spend day or two in the scenic valley. The hanging alpine meadow is particularly popular with peak baggers who come during the summer months to climb Mounts Belford, Oxford, and Missouri."

"A day hike to Elkhead Pass or backpack to Pine Creek. This challenging trail climbs along steep Missouri Gulch, then mounts a succession of rolling rises as it breaks out into the alpine tundra. At the top of the grade is Elkhead Pass with its stunning mountain views, and beyond the pass lies the Missouri Basin, an elevated shelf clad in tundra and surrounded by lofty crags.

This trail offers access to the upper reaches of Pine Creek for backpackers, and peak baggers can attempt Missouri Peak (a scramble route) or Mounts Belford and Oxford along the way. Elkhead Pass makes a good destination for a challenging day hike."

Missouri Gulch Trail Reviews

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7/8/2009
Used this trail to climb Mt. Belford, but it is a beautiful destination in itself. After an initial climb of disheartening switchbacks, the hiker is rewarded with stunning views in Missouri Basin and its postcard pictures of wildflowers and peaks. Elk Head pass is amazing - wouldn't want to be there during a storm though, you're pretty exposed. Overall, a must do for wildflower and high alpine lovers.
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8/12/2005
Great trip. Easy access from the Pine Creek side. Lots of good camp sites and day hikes although not many people camp. Most are weekend Peak Baggers with an occassional Colorado Trail hiker. Beautiful wildflowers. Great streams. A bit of rain everyday as well as sunshine inbetween storms. Incredible views of Harvard, Missouri Mnt., Bellford and Emerald Peak. A real gem of a hike in the wilderness.
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Trail Information

Collegiate Peaks Wilderness Area
Nearby City
Collegiate Peaks Wilderness Area
Parks
Leadville District, San Isabel National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Winfield, Mount Harvard
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Oct 2018