3 hours of straight uphill bushwack and scramble. We made it! I actually enjoyed the non standard route. We had great weather and were able to summit Belford also. Returned via Elkhead pass and connected back up with the Pine Creek trail to camp. Great loop if you have the time and weather!
Long day- the re-ascent to Belford was pretty tiring, and we took about 10 hours total from the Missouri Gultch trailhead (one member of our party had some knee problems on the descents, but we weren't moving as fast as usual at any rate).
Spectacular weather the entire day- cloudless skies (even in the afternoon!), a little windy on the summits, and not too crowded.
Climbed this mountain, along with Belford, in a relatively severe and cold wind storm. Did the thing with Aaron Johnson, and we did NOT hang around on the summits! Including Missouri Mountain these three make for a nice day or two in the mountains...
Long day. Took 8 hours to do both Belford and Oxford. I saw clouds starting to build while on the summit of Oxford (not good). It seemed to take forever to get back to Belford. I came down the West Slopes route (sort of) instead of going back over Belford. It made for a quicker descent since the clouds seemed to be threatening but probably not advisable under better conditions.
Whew, what a day. Glad I made it. I really had my doubts at some times. I have to take more time to acclimate myself here. We did Belford last year and didn't have the time nor the inclination to do Oxford. I'm kicking myself now that we didn't! Camped in the night before to around 12,000 (first night out in CO from 598' in IL). Thought I was going to die once or twice (just feeling sorry for myself!)--it makes the summit all the more rewarding when you have to overcome the obstacles of bad attitude and the like, doesn't it?
A long hike up the Missouri Gulch and then around the Elk Head Basin. We took the more senic route since we tagged Belford last Sept.. The ridge traverse was a little more of an undertaking than I had thought. It is a steep descent off of Belford on good rock and then a long shallow climb back up Oxford. The Oxford summit is the middle peak as you approach the three Oxford peaks. A fun, but long day.
I don't remember too much about this one: another Sawatch lump that most impressed me for whatever count of the 14ers it represented for me than anything intrinsically Oxfonian about it. Geez, I was jaded, that summer: too much teaching and too much climbing, too fast, and too solo.
I took a quick jaunt to Oxford from Belford. I remember that the ridge walk was long, as windy as all get out, and that there was a rather attractive view to the south, though over what, I can't recall now. I also remember not being able to find the summit--kinda disappointing on a mountain in clear weather. I returned over Elkhead Pass between Belford and Missouri--that area was quite pretty, and I remember looking at the rather rugged-ridge (say that three time fast!) up to Missouri and thinking, "someday."
lightning kept me off the first time, so made my own route from the south. thick and steep, but empty of other people.
All three in a day made all the talk about these "easy" peaks seem a little off, but there really isn't anything tough about them individually...it's just when you decide to hike all three that they get your attention! It was well worth it - a great day in the mountains with perfect sunny weather.
after Missouri, Iowa, Emerald, and Belford, Oxford was difficult for me. I don't think Oxford has much character. Not a big fan. To me, Oxford is the second least favorite mountain in CO after Mount Sherman. Maybe I was too tired to enjoy it?
This out and back route proved to be a real burly climb at just under 6,000 feet of elevation gain with a round trip distance of 9.5 miles! Zach, Erica and I knocked these two off in just over 7 hours
Summit almost too close to touch from Belford summit, bad weather drove me back down. Better safe than sorry.
It's a long slog over the ridge and back - make sure you leave early enough to avoid thunderstorms.
Might as well climb all four.
Climbed after Belford. Was a quick traverse and back. Some snow on the downclimb from Belford to watch out for, it was getting pretty icy.
We had a wonderdul day for weather- very clear and crisp with very little wind. A great climb.
Climbed along with Mt. Belford. 4th 14er over 4 days. We got caught by a fast moving storm while on the summit. Passed through thunder, hail, and high winds while coming back over the saddle and Belford. Fortunately, no lightning. Pretty scary!
A good climb in conjunction with Belford. 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 day, but people started filling in the connecting ridge from Belford. So much for solitude.
Great conditions from Belford to Oxford. Our report is available here.
I have to disagree with kilimanjaro1, I don't think Oxford is a "wonderful" mountain. It seems as though everybody is miserable by the time they summit this pile of talus. It's not the mountains fault that it is surrounded by steep tree laden huge talus. Plus any route to its summit is unpractical unless you come from Belford.