We left Utah at 9am on Wednesday morning in search of some awesome peaks. We got to the trailhead at 5pm, and chatted with a couple girls who had just come down from doing a Belford/Oxford/Missouri day. They looked beat and tired. We were excited at what we were going to encounter. The trail system in this area is so well maintained, and it is a straight shot to the summit of Belford. The trail up the northwest ridge is very well maintained and easy to follow. It took us about 2 hours to get to the top of Belford, as we averaged just under 2 mph.
Climbed with my good buddies Ben and Andrea. Cruised to the top and arrived shortly after sunrise. Beautiful morning, but super freaking cold.
Summer solstice hike with my wife and my friend Jesse Sumrak. Our initial goal was to tag Belford, Oxford, and Missouri but I was feeling pretty tired when we arrived at the junction to Missouri. Started at 3:15 am. Summited Belford at 6:15. Super cold wind with a beautiful sunrise.
beautiful hike to Belford's summit, but turned around by approaching stormy weather before Oxford could be summited
Solo standard route, didn't see a single other person the whole day
Part of a long Missouri, Oxford, Belford combo from Pine Creek Trail.
Wonderful day connecting the 3 mountains in the "Missouri Gulch district"
Great ski down the northwest slopes
Lots of low clouds kept us off-route, but the combination was a worthy day in the mountains.
Combo with Oxford
Big day of hiking to link up Belford & Oxford.
The coldest summit of the week and the year, but not my life.
Took bit longer than I hoped and got lost for about 40 minutes near the second creek crossing which made me decide not to bag Mt Oxford as well but it was a very enjoyable hike despite being too steep with elevation gain of more than 4600 feet. Weather was OK for the most part except the short hail and ice storm near the false summits and high winds that exceeded 60 mph and made it hard to sometimes to keep balance near the top.
#1 9-6-15 Mit Yz. Talk about your cold biting unceasing west wind! Could put one into a nasty mood. But we persisted. Couldn't even stand on the summit without great risk to life and limb. Therefore we went over to Mt Oxford. By the time we struggled back over Belford the winds had backed off slightly. Wind chill was constantly in the mid 20s. 4+03 up to Belford.
A hard day doing Belford and Oxford having left Vegas noon the day prior.
Camped near the trail head, then did both Belford and Oxford. Good weather and company.
Lots of people on the mountains and trail.
Good time, clear of snow mostly. Terrific weather. With Michelle.
Solo ski via the NW Gully route, recent snows had this one in prime condition with 3-4" of powder on a solid base. The gully is mellow enough to skin all the way to the top with some switchbacks. Also went out and back to Oxford, but it wasn't much of a ski. Belford, however, was a lot of fun.