Over 8,000 vertical ft. and a lot of miles, but the scenery made it worthwhile.
Started on the Missouri Gulch TH at 6:15 and summited Belford at 9:05. Spent fifteen 15 minutes on top and then made the trek on over to Oxford. Had good weather (although it was really hot up there!) and decent views.
After climbing Missouri came down to the valley and hiked up the steep west slope of Belford.
My story sounds pretty common - have done Belford twice, the second time for Oxford but had to turn around because of weather - some day I'll make it to Oxford!
This had been my first time climbing Mt. Belford -- an approachinig storm denied me and my team the neighboring peak, Mt. Oxford. Grrr!! I didn't know it then, but I would try many time thence to re-take it to get to Oxford and all were unsuccessful due to rain and snow. But I'll get there one day :D
During a rest stop in the descent, I accidentally stepped on my glasses. Totally unbelieveable!!
Belford was my first(14ner) back in 1994. Did it again from Missouri Gulch hoping to have the weather for a chance at Oxford, but it was not to be. Met a big, fat marmot who was conditioned to the sound of snack wrappers. Opening a bag really got his attention.
Did the combo with Oxford- great weather. A nice hike but with a lot of steep switchbacks!
Belford and Oxford in the same day. Camped at the top of the switchbacks the night before and bagged both of them early the next day. Beautiful. Numbers 11 and 12.
Perfect day on Belford. Started a little after 5a (parking lot was already half full) was on the summit by 8a then headed over to Oxford. Clouds built rapidly on the way down and I was concerned for the late starters, but they caught a break when the clouds dissipated as quickly as they appeared.
First solo 14er...it was awesome!
Belford/Oxford combo via Missouri Gulch under a full moon!
Hiked Belford/Oxford combo during a full moon. Was awesome!
Combo with Oxford back when I was 13 or so.
A great start to the 14er season! Good friends and good weather. A little steep at times, but we all made it. Shadow's (our black lab) first 14er!
What a great day out with friends! The return from Oxford back to Belford is brutal, but well worth the extra effort to knock out both peaks in one push. Altogether a beautiful hike on a very well-maintained trail.
Beautiful weather. The 2200 ft glissade down the northwest gully made my weekend. Perfect glissade snow.
We made 2nd team on summit with a 03:15 a.m. start. Clear weather brisk wind on descent with clouds looking like rain but no lighting - Will climb again in combo with Oxford.
We did it along with Oxford as a dayhike. Our dog did awesome. The slideshow from this day is here: Mount Belford and Oxford in a day
Climbed in a fog bank. No views. These two mountains are endless and the trail was a steep one
This was a repeat climb, as Belford was my 6th 14er, back in 1976. That time, I came in from the south to Elkhead Pass. This time I hiked up Missouri Gulch with my wife and daughter. After camping overnight, Belford made their 5th and 2nd 14ers, respectively. Had to run down to escape the rain coming in at midday, but mild weather overall.