Mount Oxford is a 11.4 mile out and back trail located near Granite, CO and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and horses and is accessible from March until November. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.
Streams, falls, views, and flowers. Beautiful hike. From the trailhead cross Clear Creek using a well constructed bridge. The trail then quickly heads up a steep slope using some nicely cut switchbacks. After breaking treeline and entering Missouri Gulch you will come to an intersection that is labeled with a sign. The sign will direct you to your left. The ridge of Belford will be directly ahead of you and this will be your path to the summit. This hike goes through an unbelievable number of switchbacks. However they are much better than the origninal trail that just went straight up. Take the switchbacks all the way up the ridge, pass a false summit until you see the orange colored rock protrusion that comprises the actual summit of Belford. From here you can see the rest of the route to Oxford. Follow the trail South from the summit then turn left on to the connecting ridge. This ridge is longer than it looks. Unfortunately your return trip must follow the trail back over Belford again.
An amazing trail with lots of diversity the entire way. We walked back on Elkhorn Pass for a different route back to the trailhead, it wasn't as steep as the Mount Belford trail we came up and had terrific views. Lovely hike with lots of camping spots below the tree-line.