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Sarah Janci
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HikingRockyScramble

Hiked this on 7/5/20. For a summer Sunday, there were very few people on the trail. Lots of elevation gain in the start but there are flatter parts mixed in along the way. There are 3 water crossings - none are too technical but recommend poles for that and the decent. There is one dicey part just before the summit where you have to cross a large patch of loose scree. It is helpful to stay on the lower patch through that section and it isn’t too bad. The views are pretty amazing most of the way. Tough hike but rewarding - enjoy!

JA M.
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Hiking

1000’ of elevation gain in 1st mile Lots of beautiful camping potential after that among the wildflowers It’s 2 miles from trailhead to the left (Belford/Oxford) & right elkhead pass trail split. It’s 3.8 miles from the trailhead to the left elkhead pass & right Missouri mtn split (2hrs moving time) A mile of Steep switchback ascent to the ridgeline then a gradual climb to the summit — last 100 meters loose screw 3hrs to the top.

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Candace Jost
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HikingRocky

Tough climb, but incredibly rewarding at the top. Steep first section through forest switchbacks and then the trail mellows out through some beautiful meadows. Getting up the ridge was a tough, rocky push. The ridge walk to summit involved some sketchy loose gravel spots and a bit more up and down than anticipated, but the views were spectacular.

Kelly Nowlen
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Hiking

#15 & #16. Well lets just say that Colorado weather is SOO bipolar. Yesterday was suppose to be a clear sunny day right? However, we started around 4:40am and a snow squall came in around 6am which had us second guessing if we should continue. By the time we got up belford the snow has stopped but the wind was hitting hard. Like most people say, climbing down belford to oxford is steep but the way up and down oxford is super mellow. The hike down belford is also steep until you reach a little before the cabin house (its just a worn down cabin with no one making margs). Overall, crazy unexpected hike :)

Danny Wilson
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Hiking

This was my first 14er. It was very challenging, but doable, and super rewarding along the way and especially at the top of the summit. Bring plenty of water and be prepared for a rad hike.

Ashley Elizabeth
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Hiking

6/27/2020 Perfect trail conditions. We got to summit Belford and Oxford as the sun was rising. Camped about two miles in, this was a great idea, as the trail starts off with a pretty steep climb. Pretty slow and steady hike, both summits are great and fairly easy, no scrambling at all.

Morgan Kooi
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HikingBlowdownFloodedRockySnow

Great 14er! First mile is super steep, really gets you working right away. Then eases up a bit and trail opens up to a gorgeous meadow before the final climb (which is steep and technical)! Glad I brought poles. Went through a couple short snowy patches, not bad. Once you reach the top of the ridge you go left and still have about a mile to hike over to the summit of Missouri Mountain. Breathtaking views!

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Sarah Greteman-Leo
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Hiking

This is my 11th 14er, and I am an average-speed hiker. We got to the trailhead around 6am to a fairly full parking lot. The trail gets steep immediately. Beautiful forest and stream leading up to the alpine (with plenty of switchbacks). Once you cross the creek for the second time near the tree line, the trail gets steep and REALLY gravely. Belford summit is decently small, so we decided to go to Oxford. After reading many reviews, we expected a rock scramble down to the saddle. We were pleasantly surprised that the trail was steep, but clear and not dangerous. Gradual incline to Oxford, which was a much nicer peak. A storm rolled in so we quickly made our way back to Belford, which wasn’t easy. The way back down from Belford was not my favorite... very slippery due to loose gravel. Overall, it took my husband and I 8 hours to do both peaks. About 3 hours to Belford, then 1 hour to Oxford, 1 hour back to Belford, and 2 hrs and 40 minutes back to the parking lot.

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Mal O’Mahoney
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CampingBugs

Camped for a night near Missouri Mountain trailhead. Some friends did a 14er while I mosied over to Sheep Gulch with terrible joints. Numerous spots to camp along this road. Great lake with a river flowing. VERY BUGGY so bring some lemon grass or other spray. Will definitely go back.

John Vogt
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HikingBugsMuddyNo shade

Oxford is a true challenge. After going up the very steep Belford, you have to descend a 600 foot steep path that is very rocky. Crossing the saddle isn't bad as Oxford has a gentle approach. The crux is going back up Belford, that 600 foot ascent up its steep rocky slope is a mindgame. That said, this is an excellent hike, but it is a true challenge for only those mentally and physically fit. Descending over Elkhead pass is a lot less steep, but their were some snow fields as well as atleast 3 creek crossings over sketchy bridges. It also adds 1.5 miles to your trip, but I would recommend it as Belford's descent is very steep. Highly recommend hiking poles for the steep descents. Also, parking lot was full at 430 AM on a Saturday, so take that into account.

Jason Ellinger
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HikingNo shadeScramble

Hike to Mt.Belford an Mt. Oxford 14ers

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Zach Donovan
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Hiking

Very windy from the tree line all the way to the top. Trail in good shape, no problems finding it the whole way. Tough hike, but a fun one.

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Katt Crowdis
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HikingSnow

One of the more difficult 14ers in the Sawatch range, so do not attempt if you haven’t done many previously. I was the only one out of a fairly packed trailhead parking lot to hike it. With the recent snowfall on June 8th/9th, I would not recommend hiking Missouri at this time. The snow was quite heavy on the ridge line, and I had to be careful with every step in case I might slip on high exposure rock. If you are still going to go for it within the next week, microspikes are a must. I would highly recommend an ice axe for the glissade down (can avoid rehiking the ridge by doing this) as it’s a fairly long and steep couloir. The snow held up just fine for glissading. Overall, good hike and views, but I would recommend waiting a week or so for this current snow to melt a bit unless you’re feeling super adventurous/risky.

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Jim Boner
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Hiking

So. FUCKING. windy

Katt Crowdis
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Hiking

Pretty views of the surrounding area. Not the best 14ers in my opinion, but not the worst. There isn’t really any bouldering, so honestly I feel like Bel and Ox are more accurately Class I hikes. Current conditions- hardly any snow on the route.

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Kyle Van Zile
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Hiking

Summer conditions. Beautiful day. No micro spikes needed

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Robyn Van zile
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Hiking

Got there at 645 to a packed parking lot, road up to trail was bumpy but no snow in sight. And holy switch backs Batman! Literally felt like the whole trail was steep switchbacks. Mostly summer conditions on trail, small patches of snow, didn’t need spikes/shoes. Summited both peaks, saddle was a little dodgy but relatively easy to do. Didn’t go the extra loop around, went down the way we came up and hiking poles were clutch for that.

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Olympia Kristic
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HikingScramble

The early season snow, loose steep scree and exposure was a bit more challenging than a typical Class 2 14er. The views from the top are amazing!

Gretchen Pokrant
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMon Sep 09 2019
Hiking

Really enjoyed Missouri Mountain! Despite the easy ridge walk and walk through the meadow, the beginning portion of the trail through the trees is very steep as well as the section preceding the ridge. Definitely an underrated 14er and less popular than Bel/Ox. While Missouri takes on a “classic” Sawatch approach, know that there is looser terrain and a true Class 2 scramble at the crux, which is untraditional for a Sawatch. Also, the recent avalanches did change the terrain quite a bit through tree line, especially the river crossings (all 4 of them).

Emma Katz
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HikingMuddy
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Matthew Morgan
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Hiking

Amazing views from the top

THOMAS ADAMS
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Hiking

Did Belford and Oxford today . It’s a beautiful hike but long . 12.5 miles if you take the lower valley loop on way down . Would recommend the lower valley loop on way down . It is nice change of scenery and Eliminates all the switchbacks on way up . Doing both peaks is a full day hike but worth it ! I would start early due to afternoon showers if you want to make both peaks . Trail is in good shape which helps with the distance . 6000 Feet of vertical is a lot in one day but allows for some good views . Hiking up Belford for 2nd time after Oxford is tough mentally. Take lots of water and snacks for full day hike

Sarah Janci
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMon Jul 29 2019
Hiking

The views on this hike are just incredible - so many peaks, so much green, so much wow. We met at the trailhead on 7/28/19 at 5am and the lot and street filled up quickly with cars. There is a bathroom but only one toilet and the line got really long. The hike was very steep but I liked how there was a dirt path pretty much all the way and not as many rocks to pick through. No snow and just one water crossing which had some sturdy logs to use to walk across. I hear you could possibly also add Missouri to get 3 peaks in one day, but I’m not sure of the route or distance/elevation gain. Definitely some of my favorite 14ers!

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