not the easiest day with deep snow in unexpected places above treeline. took 2.5 hrs to wallow from belford to oxford through crotch deep snow. flurries on oxford's summit, a great feeling!
First summits of the 2012 year for me. What a fantastic winter day it was. Two 14ers and great views
A death slog to and from Belford after hitting Missouri first thing in the am.
Very windy on the ridge from Belford. Nice weather even though it was supposed to be rough.
After doing Belford a few years ago, but not bagging Oxford, it was time to get Oxford. Headed up the standard route of Belford and then made the traverse over to Oxford. On the return, instead of going back over Belford we headed down to Elkhead Pass and then down the whole length of Missouri Gulch. While longer it is far less steep. If I was do do either of these peaks I'd probably go up this route. In addition to being less steep, it was far less crowded.
This finishes my Sawatch 14ers. Beautiful Day.
Lots of walking.
on the b-day weekend, worked well!
Unrelenting high winds all day made this hike more challenging than normal. Great day for pics if I could hold on to my camera!#15.
Cloudless day, lounged around on the summit for a while, no reason to finish quickly. Easy peak, but the return over Belford gets the lungs going.
Solo. 5 hours 45 mins with an extra half mile + added. Nice run back to camp from the summit of Belford.
Did the standard Belford/Oxford combination in September 1997.
This hike got me to my 2007 goal.
Another one down.
I hiked Mt. Oxford via Mt. Belford from the Missouri Gulch trail, veruy nice hike in spring.
Completed this after climbing Missouri. The Missouri/Oxford/Belford loop was very difficult and a long day. 14+ miles and over 7,000 ft. elevation gain. Need to have a full day of good weather to safely complete this trip.
Climbed Belford and Oxford from Missouri Gulch TH. Easy hiking, good trail, nice views.
We really enjoyed this summit, kicking back and eating lunch while talking to other hikers and snapping photos. An early start this day allowed us ample time to relax and take in the Sawatch views. I confess I did NOT so much enjoy the re-ascent of Belford, but it was tolerable. Partner: Deb.