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.
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."
--David Day, Colorado's Incredible Backcountry Trails (Rincon Publishing).
"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."
--Erik Molvar, Hiking Colorado's Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness (Falcon Guides).
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