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.

hiking
9 days 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.

hiking
24 days 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

8 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.

10 months ago

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

hiking
10 months ago

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.

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.

hiking
11 months ago

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.

hiking
11 months ago

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!

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.

11 months ago

Not easy - but worth the trek!

hiking
11 months ago

End of June and still lots of snow and downed trees which caused us to lose the trail for a bit. The lake was iced over but still beautiful. There was a crew working on the trail and making nice improvements.

11 months ago

great tough climb. my first 14er. definitely not a great one to start with, but totally want to do it again.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Excellent trail maintenance, beautiful views. Summer conditions with only a few, easily avoidable snow areas. Relatively quiet for a Saturday!

hiking
Saturday, June 17, 2017

this hike is steep steep steep! There's a good mix of terrain that keeps things interesting. I did this hike on a Friday and didn't run into many others. The last mile stretch is by far the toughest due to the elevation gained in a short distance. Ran into a little snow entering the Missouri gulch, but it was packed down and easy to walk around

backpacking
Thursday, May 18, 2017

Can you camp anywhere along this trail? Traveling from TN in June, want to backpack in, camp and do day hikes. Any recommendations on 12er or 13er?

Monday, May 08, 2017

Pretty trail but we were there 5/6 and there's knee deep snow! Lost the trail a couple of times and the snow started right after we got to the false summit. Be prepared!

hiking
Friday, November 25, 2016

Surprised to see 14er has this one classified at 2, seems more difficult. Creek crossing was completely frozen, make sure to look for the cairn on your left to know where to cross and continue on the trail. Amazing view once you pass the old log cabin. Steep climb, crampons necessary for the sporadic icy spots. Amazing views the whole trip up the prominence, well worth the difficulty.

hiking
Monday, November 14, 2016

Missouri Gulch TH : Long trail through a forest, meadow, and ridge to the peak of this 14er. The first half of this trail is the same for the trail of Mount Belford and Oxford. Had a little bit of everything and was very easy to follow the trail. Stay right at both trail sign junctions when in the meadow and be prepared for all the switchbacks!

Monday, September 05, 2016

Accidentally left a full pack of gear after dark near the trailhead after search and rescue got our friend life flighted from Denver after falling in a Boulder slide. Red Deuter pack, hiking poles, life straw filter, camelbak bladder, jet boil stove, and some other gear in it. 816 729 7213 hoping for a miracle if anyone sees it out there!

Sunday, September 04, 2016

This was only my second 14er, but I thought it was much prettier than Elbert. Our group started a little before 5:30 am - we're slow - we were back at the car in 9 hours. We took the steep way up, and the 1 mile extension "loop" back. Like other reviewers, I strongly strongly recommend that route. It's very pretty, will be easier on your knees, and you avoid sliding in loose rock during the steep descent.

hiking
Monday, August 29, 2016

As my first 14er, I was extremely satisfied! Not only simply because I did it, but because of how unique each point of the trail is! We did the steep switch backs in the way up (park ranger said that there are 105 of them) and for the way down we took the gradually descending loop that takes you arrive the valley on the back side of the mountain. Now that does add an extra mile or so taking that route down, but it was so worth it because you avoid doing the same thing twice.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Beautiful hike but can be strenuous at times. Not recommended for beginners. Sights at the top are worth the trek!

hiking
Thursday, July 21, 2016

Gorgeously diverse trail up to a 14er, definitely recommend trying Oxford as well, The views are worth the hike and there are lots of camping spots below the tree-line. You can make it a lot easier on yourself by camping out the night before. Elkhorn Pass is a slightly longer hike down but a lot less steeper way down than the way you came up to Mount Belford and has amazing views with lots of wildflowers, definitely recommended.

hiking
Thursday, July 21, 2016

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.

hiking
Monday, July 11, 2016

This is tough but worth it. Round trip to summit Belford, 8 miles. Steep going up and tricky coming down. The top was very windy and cold around 10am. Incredible views and wildflowers.

hiking
Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Pretty hike we've done a couple of times. Follows an old mine road up the valley to a pass that crosses into the Lincoln Creek valley and ghost town Ruby. Saw a herd of elk on one of our hikes there. Long, rutted 4 wheel drive road to the trailhead (a couple stream crossings, but not a narrow road nor near drop offs.

hiking
Friday, August 14, 2015

Beautiful...but I don't like sharing with ATVs. There were not many, but I prefer the peace and quiet. If this doesn't bother you, then you will love this trail! Great dispersed camping near here as well...if you have 4 wheel drive.

hiking
Thursday, July 23, 2015

It was great! The trail is a bit steep at times, definitely bring hiking sticks. Great views from up top.

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