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About 8 miles up Clear Creek Road (?) from Colorado State Highway 24, you will find the trailheads for Mount Belford / Mount Oxford
and Missouri Mountain near the "town" of Vicksburg.
The trail for Missouri Mountain coincides with the trail for Mount Belford / Mount Oxford
for the first 2.4 miles or so. This picture shows just beyond that point.
A little further up Missouri Gulch you can begin to see where the trail heads so as to access the ridge.
The highpoint at the left end of that long ridge is our goal - Missouri Mountain.
Once on the ridge, you've got a great view of the southwestern side of Mount Belford
with the head of Missouri Gulch laid out below.
It's a long traverse over to the summit.
It sure doesn't look that steep from the valley floor!
There's really only one challenging part along the trail near the summit.
The final pitch to the top.
Looking back along the ridge - almost to the summit.
That's me on the summit along with the crowds.
Looking back along the long ridge traverse I came to get here.
And looking down on Missouri Gulch from the summit.
I'm pretty sure that's Mount Hope and Quail Mountain mid-photo, with Mount Elbert
looming in the background.
I think that's Mount Harvard left-center mid-photo.
That's Huron Peak
- the tall one on the left - just to the west.
Ice Mountain a little further southwest.
Along on this hike with me: no one.