Explore the most popular hiking trails near Granite with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

on Mount Belford

1 day ago

Challenging hike, but so worth it! Three of us from Kansas City were able to make it to the top- it did, however, take us all day. Beautiful views the whole way. We hiked up the Belford standard route and came down through Elk Head Pass. Added about a mile, but saved our knees from the switchbacks.

great trail, did it yesterday. definitely not easy you will be climbing up up up for a while! well worth it one of the most beautiful hikes I've done. the lake is so serene and the surrounding area is gorgeous. jus be prepared for a steep hike that doesn't quit! easy to follow and well maintained

Great hike! The middle third of this hike is really easy meadow walking which allows your legs time to recharge while you enjoy the basin views. The last 1/2 mile or so is all ridge line with a moderate amount of exposure and scrambling in some parts, which is really fun! Seemingly not as popular as Belford/oxford, so I had the summit to myself for a while on a Tuesday morning. Fair amount of dispersed camping possibilities in the area- plenty on the road to the trailhead, and some in the basin/gulch area near the stream!

This was a nice fourteener with some gorgeous views! It has some steep sections in the trees and then mellows out at treeline and doesn’t get steep again until you’re nearing the summit. There is a lot of loose dirt that made it a little slippery near the top coming down so be careful! Not many people hike this one which is nice. Me and my friend had the whole summit to ourselves and out of the 14 fourteeners, I’ve done, this one had some of the best views at the top! Also, this hike is about 11.5 miles round trip, not 8.6.

16 days ago

Lots and Lots of switch backs but a great well marked trail. Lots of people and parking is limited at trail head but overall a wonderful hike.

16 days ago

Great Hike, good trails, lots and lots of switch backs. Once you summit Belford it is 1 mile over to Oxford. takes about 45min to an hour. Its down 700ft then up 700ft. The hike back is tough having to re-summit Belford but worth it.

Took the Pear Lake trail on the west side of the mountain. It is 2.2 miles west of the Missouri trail head. Your vehicle will need to cross a stream. My Subaru did fine but had to park it after that. The next stream crossing leads to a serious 4x4 road. We hiked the road 3 miles to the Missouri trail head. Beautiful views, no people, great hike!

Total asskicker hike . Clipped them all for number 31. Heads up on this route listed in AllTrails. The route that is listed is a class 3/4 scramble on some of the worst rock I’ve seen . I scooted our 1/2 way but be aware it’s not a preferred route . Head down elk further and clip up the MO trail.

Started at 6 am finished by 3, trail ran most of it but the mileage is also off . Easy 16.5 with the full loop, my garmin died but I think it was closer to 18. Nothing hard about the climb, slight class 2 move right before summit of MO, go right and hug rock for the two, or straight over for a 3 . Again rock is pretty lose here . Nothing else technical but with the miles and altitude gain this was one of the hardest runs I’ve done !

Beautiful day and the views are totally worth it , start early and bring min 4 liter of water and some calories !

24 days ago

My eleventh fourteener and one of the hardest ones I've done. I consider myself to be in pretty good shape and found this to be a tough hike. Would not recommend for a first fourteener. Steep right from the get-go and there's an endless amount of switchbacks. Wanted to go for Oxford but there were some dark clouds rolling in, so I skipped it to stay on the safe side but will come back for it another day.

Incredibly strenuous hike. The loop accesses three 14ers in the San Isabel National Forest. Mt. Missouri (14,067), Mt. Oxford (14,153) and Mt. Belford (14,197).

Word of caution: this is closer to a 17 mile loop, NOT 12. I don't know where All Trails sees a path on the eastern slope of Missouri, but it is non-existent. Instead, you have to take a mile longer (but probably safer and less severe) route and come from the west. From there, the mileage is still off.

We arrived at the parking lot at 4:50am on a Saturday and it was already full. We camped nearby, and there are plenty of spaces. Most of the hikers head to Belford, but for this loop you want to take Missouri first. You'll do this by following the path towards Fikhead Pass. As noted above, you'll come up the western side of Missouri. You have to come back down this way and up the pass to access Belford/Oxford.

We were going to hit all three but storms came in at noon and we had to hike out, only hit Missouri and Belford. Normally, you'll want to be off the mountain by 2. Our storms hit at noon.

You can view the hike we made here: https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/2869855938

This hike is amazing! Very strenuous and long, we started at the trailhead at 5 am and finished around 2:30 pm. The elevation change is very difficult; we did the hike without trekking poles but I definitely recommend them. There are some spots where they would've been very helpful. Make sure to bring alot of water and take some breaks, 16.5 miles is no walk in the park.

Did this on a Saturday, and despite sharing a trailhead with Belford/Oxford, the hike was pleasant and quiet above treeline. Loved the scramble, but beware the loose gravel and huge steps up and down.

Saw a few dogs struggle with this one. There are water crossings for them to cool off in, but maybe consider if they can handle it before bringing them.

1 month ago

7/7/18: Gorgeous but challenging hike. It was my first 14er. The switchbacks were killer. Started a little after 8am and summited around 11:45. We didn’t do Oxford but we hiked past Mt Belford’s summit and looped around to take the Missouri Gulch Trail down instead of double backing through the switchbacks. It added a little more distance but my legs and feet were happy not to go down the steep switchbacks. Weather started moving in towards the end so we had to pick up the pace. Over all it took us about 6 1/2 hours round trip.

1 month ago

lots of wildflowers in bloom on this trail right now. It's kinda like doing shadow canyon on steroids

Beautiful trail to a fun 14er. Didn’t feel like we went up 4.4k. Weather was quick to turn sour around noon, so be careful. The parking lot was almost entirely full by 6 am.

Did this yesterday (6/3) and the weather was perfect. Started at 6 am and finished around 1 pm. I have done a couple other 14ers that were category twos and I felt that this one was a lot tougher. There’s a lot of loose rock and gravel on the trail once you get passed the boulder field. It’s all on the edge of the mountain at a slope so not for the faint of heart. And then the crux in Missouri was a little more intense than I thought it would be. Despite this, it’s not a very crowded hike which was nice and the views at the top are worth it.

1 month ago

Summited Belford on 6/30/18 and the trail was completely clear of snow with beautiful weather. This was my first 14er but I would not recommend it for a beginner. I am a frequent hiker but this was difficult for me. Over half the hike is switchbacks above tree line but when you do make it to the summit you have amazing views. It took my boyfriend and I 4 hours to summit and 3 hours to get back down. The summit was cold and winds so wear layers, a hat, and gloves.

2 months ago

Completed this hike on 6/10. Had an amazing blue sky day throughout the entire hike and could see for miles. Winds kicked up around half way up but nothing a short break couldn't fix. With all of the switchbacks on this trail, it made the incline slightly better than going straight up. Did not have time to go to Oxford which is right over the saddle at the top(another 500ft elevation change). The decent may be more challenging than the ascent. It is very steep and when coupled with loose gravel, it can be very challenging. Hiking poles would be a great idea! Trails are clear of all snow and ice so leave your spikes at home.

Overall, it was an amazing hike even though it was the most challenging hike I have ever done.

2 months ago

Hiked on 5/19 - The first 2 miles is switchback heaven, there must be 30 of them! Once to the top of the initial climb the trail flattens out as you make your way up to the base of Mt. Belford... beautiful views once to the top - continued on to Mt. Oxford.

hiked on 5/19 - no snow

Hiked 5/13, trail was all clear with little to no postholing. Brought traction but never took it out of the bag, was a perfect day to summit

10 months ago

Me and my gf camped out a couple miles past the Missouri Gulch Trailhead the night before. The dirt road up is washboardy, but we made it just fine in a 2010 Grand Caravan. This hike was a breath of fresh air after climbing Democrat the week before, which was nothing but rocks. The trail to Belford is steep and beautiful. Winding through the changing aspens on our way to the upper switch backs was awesome. it was incredibly windy, which made the exposure areas a bit menacing, but all and all, a great, physical hike with extremely rewarding views.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

First 14er, very strenuous, but extremely gratifying. Incredible views looking down as far as the eyes can see.

Monday, July 24, 2017

The South Fork Clear Creek TH to the Lake Ann trail is one of the most beautiful hikes in the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness. The terrain is varied, the views of the Three Apostles are spectacular, and there are many gorgeous spots to take a breather and have a snack, including the small falls you have to cross, and the large granite rocks overlooking the creek after the falls. If you take the detour to Lake Ann, rather than hike over the Continental Divide, the hike is more moderate-to-hard than hard. Well worth the effort. The Banker Mine is a fun detour on the way in.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Beautiful trail and much less traffic than the Belford / Oxford trails. Recent rain and snowmelt made some parts of the trail wet and two steam crossings challenging without waterproof boots from the standpoint of keeping your feet dry (I went barefoot).

I would not classify this trail as moderate. The combined steepness of the beginning and push to the summit along with the altitude make this a challenging hike.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Walked up the front side of Belford. Over to Oxford. Down into Elkhead pass trail and out. Great hike took our time. Well worth it.

Friday, July 14, 2017

This was my 2nd 14er. Lots of variety in the terrain, great views along the way and at the top, pretty strenuous for a Minnesotan and well worth the effort!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Great leading up trail to the mountain. I didn't follow this standard route, but went up the North Face Couloir. Super difficult for me with current conditions.

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Not easy - but worth the trek!

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