I grew up in Missouri thinking it was just a state next to the Mississippi River. Boy, was I wrong. As it turns out, Missouri is also a 14,000 foot mountain in Colorado. They should teach this in school.

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I've learned (Editors Note: that's a first) that many people know that Missouri is a mountain in Colorado. It's quite famous for being known as what people in the Rockies refer to as one of the "14'ers". That's slang for peaks in Colorado that are over 14,000 feet in altitude.

All Trails shows that Mount Missouri is a staggering 14,067 feet up there in the sky. It's also not for the faint of heart - literally. The hike to the summit is a daunting 10.9 mile up and back route rated "challenging" by All Trails. No kidding. Don't even think of trying this climb anytime other than between March and October unless you really love dealing with snow.

It's also worth noting that the hike up Mt. Missouri has some very steep switchbacks through trees. With my fear of heights, I'll pass, but maybe you're good with it.

Is climbing up Missouri (in Colorado) worth it? The reviewers on All Trails say absolutely. Many mention that of all the 14,000 foot+ peaks in Colorado, Mount Missouri is their favorite. When you see the view from the summit, you'll understand why. The wildflowers many take pics of along the trail also show why this is a popular mountain. Highly recommend checking out the guidelines on All Trails before attempting to climb Missouri though.

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