Iowa Peak

I was born in Iowa, but it doesn’t look like this!

June 29, 2015


Climbed Iowa Peak (13,831’, 4,216m) from a high camp at 12,000’ (~3,657m) in the Missouri Basin of the Pine Creek Valley in the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness Area northwest of Buena Vista, Colorado. Started out wanting to climb Missouri Mountain (14,067’, 4,288m), but had to turn back due to post holing through wet, soft snow at around 13,200’ (~4,024m) below the ridge between Missouri and Iowa.

I then descended to a shelf and traversed south and climbed Iowa Peak from the southeast. While it wasn’t my original goal, it was a beautiful day, lots of flowers were blooming in the tundra, and I got a lot of good pictures. I also got to scope out the Apostles to the west, which are on my list.

Round-Trip 6 mi (9.6km)
Time 5:00
Starting Elev ~12,000’ (~3,658m)
Max Elev 13,831’ (4,216m)
Tot Elev Gain ~2,550’ (~777m)


Click on any picture below to see the slides full-sized.

Route Snow Below Ridge to Missouri Wildflowers Below Ridge Ridge Between Iowa and Missouri Emerald Peak from Shelf Me with Apostles and Huron Peak Apostles Huron Peak and Clohesy Lake Iowa and Missouri from Camp