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.
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.
Windy and cold day. Off to Oxford.
A good hike the weather was beautiful a little snow at the top. Got back to the trailhead just before it started to rain
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.
Made the summit after climbing Missouri. Many more people on this summit and great views over to Oxford and Harvard.
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.
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.
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.
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!!
morning summit, around 9:00, good conditions,continued on east to oxford.
Surrounding slopes look ideal for mountain skiing
Easy hike with my small dog Sneakers!
Great hike, pace yourself if also doing Oxford.