belford was cake, but lightning quelled hopes of oxford till another day.
1st CO 14er. Hiked from Missouri Gulch TH, missed trail and continued on to Elkhead Pass, knowing I was off course. Up to summit. Awesome views everywhere,especially at the pass. Postholing, even with snowshoes, from the 2nd creek crossing to the basin.
Hard Hike, pretty wilderness
Some postholing on the way back to the car, but we had a great day bagging B&O. Our report is available here.
Climb with Richard.
Visit the pass - it's the best view of the hike.
Climbed along with Oxford and Missouri. A nice mountain... especialy in conjunction with the others.
Summited 9:30 AM, had summit to myself, was going to stroll over to Oxford, but a storm came in, sent me running back down.
Steep mountain, a real workout from the start to the end..........Not a cloud in the sky until 2 PM !!!!!
Aspens in their gold attire, a magnificent day for a hike. I truly regret to have started out too late to attempt Oxford at the same time. It would have been the perfect day! Poles very useful to descend this one!
Made it quickly up through the trees and to where the trail splits. As I made it to the mountain proper, around 12,000', things started to change. The route gets much steeper and mixed in with the early snow and some run off from this beautiful day, things got slick and made for slow going. In addition, around 14,000' the wind picked up. As I reached the summit, I stayed for a brief moment and then climbed down 15' on the east side to the shelter for some protection from the wind. On the summit, I measured the wind at a steady 30 mph. Because of the snow and wind, we decided to try Oxford at another time.
First 14'er of 2001 for me; easy climb with some beautiful views. Passed up on Oxford because the weather began to look questionable.
Steep climb, lots of people on the trail today.
Climbed along with Mt. Oxford. The switchbacks up into Missouri Gulch are a bit tedious, but the trail up to the peak is excellent. Weather moved in on us while atop Mt. Oxford, we passed back over Belford in hail, thunder, and high winds. Fortunately no lightning!
Belford, Oxford, Missouri, Emerald and Iowa. 5 peaks, 16.5 miles, 8180 feet.
A good climb in conjunction with Oxford. We started about an hour before sunrise (4:45 AM) and hit Belford Summit about 8:45 AM. Storms started brewing overhead earlier than usual ( about 9:30 AM) so as we approached Oxford we just ran up to touch the top of Oxford, take the picture, and get the heck outta there. We hit Oxford summit about 10 AM . Since we were in a vulnerable position on the ridge and a ways to go back to the Belford summit we hoofed it as fast as we could back to Belford and back down to lower, safer places. We got back to Belford summit at 11:30 AM just as the rains and winds began to really unleash. It was a good reminder why we carry rain gear and gloves even when it is warm and clear at the trailhead.
Nice high camp and very early start had me all alone on the summit for quite some time. Otherwise uneventful day.
Did both Belford and Oxford, pretty good workout
Don't underestimate a hike to bag both Belford and Oxford. Although a class 1 hike the distance and vertical gain is big-11 miles and 5,900-ft. The switchbacks back down to the TH will have you thinking of better days. Be prepared for sore knees afterwords and have ice ready. I thought Elkhead Basin was a really cool place, and a good place to camp. If you're in the area and don't care if it's a 14er, I recommend Mt. Hope as a all round better alternitive.
I was planning on accepting defeat for this Winter climb, but I ended up conquering my 2nd Winter peak.. Yippie!!
Watch out for the marmots in Elkhead Basin! They can be relentless and there is no place to hang food.