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ColonelpyatRoute Climbed: Missouri Gulch Date Climbed: July 15, 2002  Sucess!


A very nice day on this one. We went over to Oxford and then returned via Elkhead Pass.
Posted Feb 28, 2003 4:52 am

GrantRoute Climbed: Missouri Gulch - 9,640' Date Climbed: July 14, 2001  Sucess!


As always this a typical Sawatch hike it starts steep at first and then flattens out. Once at timberline I could see the trail up to Belford. It looked steep but the fourteener’s initiative has rebuilt this trail recently and it wasn’t that bad. Though it felt like there were a hundred switchbacks.

I made it to the summit spent about one minute on top and headed for Oxford. The weather was heading in fast and was already cloudy, but it didn’t look like thunderstorms yet.

Once back on the ridge I didn’t want to make the trek back to Belfords summit so I headed to Elkhead pass. This is the saddle between Belford and Missouri Mtn. When I reached Elkhead pass I got a great view of Missouri’s class 4 route and it started to rain a little. Later down the trail the rain stopped and the view of Missouri Mtn was awesome.

Posted Jan 20, 2003 12:34 pm

rmjwintersRoute Climbed: Missouri Gulch Date Climbed: June 11 2000  Sucess!


Windy and cold day. Off to Oxford.
Posted Oct 5, 2002 10:08 pm

cmccallRoute Climbed: MISSOURI GULCH Date Climbed: September 28, 2002  Sucess!
A good hike the weather was beautiful a little snow at the top. Got back to the trailhead just before it started to rain
Posted Oct 2, 2002 2:32 pm

charles97Route Climbed: Missouri Gulch - Northwest Flank Date Climbed: September 7, 2002  Sucess!


Nice steep hike the whole way to the top. Fewer switchbacks than La Plata (I liked that). Steady 40-50 mph wind the whole time I was above tree line! Unbelievable. Had to lean into the wind, and I was still getting blown off my feet at places.

Started at sunrise (6:45 am) and reached summit at 10 am. Went over to Oxford afterwards. I tried to get Missouri too, but got stormed off. Oh well, it'll be there.

Nineth of 10 fourteeners in 6 days. #17 overall.
Posted Sep 17, 2002 3:59 pm

xskier77Route Climbed: Missouri Gulch to Elkhead pass Date Climbed: September 1, 2002  Sucess!


Made the summit after climbing Missouri. Many more people on this summit and great views over to Oxford and Harvard.
Posted Sep 7, 2002 8:09 pm

jjcrow99Route Climbed: Missouri Gulch Trailhead (Normal route) Date Climbed: August 1, 2002  Sucess!


All in all a beautiful day. Outstanding views on the way to the summit and on top. My wife and I only summited Belford as it began to get cloudy, so we decided not to go for Oxford and risk being stuck between the two peaks in a storm.
Posted Aug 13, 2002 5:50 am

wayneaflickRoute Climbed: Missoui Basin Date Climbed: July 30, 1997  Sucess!


I climbed this with my son Patrick. It was uneventful except for those darn switchbacks coming up from Clear Creek. We didn't do Oxford because it started snowing just before we reached the summit.
Posted Jun 28, 2002 1:50 pm

ctruscotRoute Climbed: Missouri Gulch Date Climbed: August 9, 1999  Sucess!
What a beautiful hike in the fall - colors are great. Trail is nice - no talus hopping. Summited 11:15 am and lightning prevented us from going on to Oxford that day.
Posted Jun 17, 2002 10:52 am

Matt MahoneyRoute Climbed: Missouri Gulch - Elkhead Date Climbed: Aug 17 2001  Sucess!

Matt Mahoney

6th summit of Nolan's 14. Very windy and a brief snowstorm for a 5PM summit on day 2. The lead runners had done this in the middle of last night. Steve Simmons wouldn't get here until the next morning. I was on my own. On to Oxford.
Posted May 17, 2002 5:07 pm

alrac35Route Climbed: Missouri Gulch Date Climbed: 5-5-02  Sucess!
Climbed Mt. Belford on 5-4-02, little or no snow all the way to the top, very windy from tree line on up. Didn't have enough gas to get to Oxford this time, I would suggest packing in and establishing a high camp. We'll Be Back!!
Posted May 15, 2002 10:48 am

steve simmonsRoute Climbed: standard approach from the west, straight over from missouri gulch Date Climbed: august 18th, 01  Sucess!

steve simmons

morning summit, around 9:00, good conditions,continued on east to oxford.

Praise GOD!!!!!!!
Posted Jan 3, 2002 4:50 pm

naderRoute Climbed: Vicksburg Trailhead Date Climbed: August 1996  Sucess!


Surrounding slopes look ideal for mountain skiing
Posted Dec 26, 2001 4:19 pm

ZekeRoute Climbed: Missouri Gulch Date Climbed: Oct 1998  Sucess!


Did this on a two day backpack. its a good one to do that way. Climb Belford and Oxford in one day. Spend the night and do Missouri the next. Nice time and Missouri gulch is beautiful. Did the 2nd week of Oct. had the whole gulch to myself. Filtered water naked, it was pretty cool!
Posted Nov 28, 2001 12:18 pm

miztflipRoute Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: July 2000  Sucess!


Did this one in a single day with Oxford and Missouri. Had a great time.
Posted Aug 21, 2001 3:40 pm

climbcoloradoRoute Climbed: West Ridge  Sucess!


Easy hike with my small dog Sneakers!
Posted Aug 16, 2001 7:54 pm

Peter EliassenRoute Climbed: Missouri Gulch Date Climbed: 8/1/99  Sucess!

Peter Eliassen

Great hike, pace yourself if also doing Oxford.
Posted Aug 16, 2001 12:15 pm

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