This was my first climb of Belford & Oxford. I came down Belford Gulch with someone I met on the trail rather than go back over Belford. There was a trail which faded out. We then got to bushwack back along the creek to the bridge on the Missouri Gulch trail. I wouldn't recommend this return unless it was to escape some lightning.
I climbed the three peaks, Belford, Oxford and Missouri in a long day, Nice country up there.
Did the duo....what a slog!
Bagged after a long morning trying to get motivated while sitting in our tent after camping near the summit of Belford. The winds were herendous. 60-70mph continuous wind and freezing temps. Had to stop and rub our noses to avoid frostbite. Went with Brian Smith from the Mountain Madness 2007 Everest Summit Team. Sprained my ankle on the way down. Never let your partner use your trekking poles for tent anchors! I could have used them on the way down but the locks were lost in the snow or the wind. Other than that, GOOD TYMES!
Traversed over from Belford and back on a windy, cloudless day. The hike back up to Belford is steep and demanding, like many others have mentioned. It worked me pretty good too. Another great day in the Sawatch.
Climbed both Bel and Ox today under a cloudless sky but where the weather was quite breezy. Crossed several small snow fields but had the poles to help out. Only met 2 other folks the entire day! The summit ridge over to Oxford was just as advertised. Loved the steep part then the gradual part.
I recommend doing this, but the standard Belford trail is very tough on the knees! If you have the energy, head up Elkhead Pass, as that looks like Class 1 all the way.
Climbed Oxford with my Dad.
Did Oxford and Belford with my five year old son Kessler. Nice day. Met some SP members.
Did with Belford. Easy ridge between the two but the reclimb of Belford was hard at the end of a long day.
Over 8,000 vertical ft. and a lot of miles, but the scenery made it worthwhile.
After summiting Belford, headed down the ridge and over to Oxford, arriving 50 minutes later at the summit. Enjoyed 20 minutes on top of Oxford because the weather was so great, and then made the slog back up to Belford. That ridge back to Belford was- as one of the other hikers on the summit put it- a little piece of evil! My legs were not happy campers after the steep slog up to Belford's summit.
Third summit of the day after Missouri and Belford. About 1/4 mile before resummiting Belford a storm rolled in and got pelted with freezing rain and 40mph winds. Most unpleasant... fortunatly it didn't last too long.
Combo with Belford. Seven hours from Vicksburg and back.
came over belford. Awesome.
Great day! Got started a little after 5a, stopped on Mount Belford for a few pics, and headed straight over to Mount Oxford.
Glad I got an early start as the lot was already 1/2 full (or was it 1/2 empty?) by 5a and the clouds were getting pretty thick by 11a. The late starters caught a break though as the clouds broke up and then it became sunny and HOT! And with the quad busting, knee popping switchbacks, I was glad to only have 1.5 mi to my car by the time the heat kicked in! :)
Combo with Belford.
Climbed during a full moon...was great. Summited Belford and hurried over to Oxford just in time for an AMAZING sunrise!
Combo with Belford back when I was about 13 or so
Phew! Feel the burn on the return back to Belford. Great Day!