Pine Creek and Missouri Basin

Nice place to hang out for a few days.

June 27, 2015


Backpacked up the Pine Creek valley to Missouri Basin in the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness Area northwest of Buena Vista, Colorado. Camped at 12,000’ (~3,657m) for three nights and hiked out on June 30. During my stay I climbed Mt. Belford and Mt. Oxford and also Iowa Peak.

Statistics (one-way)
Distance 11 mi (17.7km)
Time 5:38
Starting Elev ~9,635’ (~2,937m)
Max Elev ~12,000’ (~3,658m)
Tot Elev Gain ~3,400’ (~1,036m)


Here’s a video from the camp site when I first got there (hence the heavy breathing).

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Route Fixer-Upper Little John's Cabin Seen Better Days Mt. Harvard from Camp