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Newbie alert!
Okay, my teenage son and I are looking to do some adventuring in Colorado this summer, late July. Seeing the issues with the Decalibron, I was looking for alternatives in the area. Belford, Oxford, Missouri seemed like a good combo hike. That's a lot of miles and elevation gain for a couple of flatlanders (KS). I was thinking of going to peak MO, coming back down to camp in the bowl below and then get Belford and Oxford the next day. We'd either pack out or maybe stay another day depending on how we feel. I noticed that the bowl below MO is at over 12,000, can we even camp there? Or would it be better to retreat to the treeline instead? This will add a good chunk of miles to our second day, but might be worth it for better camping digs. Is anybody out there in the know on this?

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You can camp near the old cabin R in some of the sheltered places above timberline. There's a few sheltered hollows above timberline; just have a good tent and stay in a low spot (because of possible lightning).
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yep theres a lot of places to camp there, it might be a fitful nights sleep if youre coming from kansas though due to the high elevation
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Scott P wrote: Wed May 19, 2021 8:25 am You can camp near the old cabin R in some of the sheltered places above timberline. There's a few sheltered hollows above timberline; just have a good tent and stay in a low spot (because of possible lightning).
At around 11K just as the trail leaves timber there are boulder and bush sheltered camping spots that aren't visible from below. Secure and with a great view. Up to climbers left as you ascend.
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highpilgrim wrote: Wed May 19, 2021 8:37 am
Scott P wrote: Wed May 19, 2021 8:25 am You can camp near the old cabin R in some of the sheltered places above timberline. There's a few sheltered hollows above timberline; just have a good tent and stay in a low spot (because of possible lightning).
At around 11K just as the trail leaves timber there are boulder and bush sheltered camping spots that aren't visible from below. Secure and with a great view. Up to climbers left as you ascend.
I believe in recent years there have been some signs put up advising these spots as off-limits to campers. Just at and below treeline near the cabin is a lot of wind-protected camping options.
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mikendevon7 wrote: Wed May 19, 2021 8:22 am Newbie alert!
Okay, my teenage son and I are looking to do some adventuring in Colorado this summer, late July. Seeing the issues with the Decalibron, I was looking for alternatives in the area. Belford, Oxford, Missouri seemed like a good combo hike. That's a lot of miles and elevation gain for a couple of flatlanders (KS). I was thinking of going to peak MO, coming back down to camp in the bowl below and then get Belford and Oxford the next day. We'd either pack out or maybe stay another day depending on how we feel. I noticed that the bowl below MO is at over 12,000, can we even camp there? Or would it be better to retreat to the treeline instead? This will add a good chunk of miles to our second day, but might be worth it for better camping digs. Is anybody out there in the know on this?

I'm very thankful for this website! I'm spending way too much time here with you folks lately, but the info is so good. I hope to be able to contribute some day.
I did this route a few falls ago. Hiked in late afternoon and camped at the old cabin just below treeline. Woke up and did Missouri. Then took Elkhead Pass over to Belford. Went over to Oxford and then came back over Belford and took standard route down to where we camped. We stayed another night, but you could hike out from there. It's about 2 miles from the TH into where we camped and when we did the peaks it was 12.5 miles and about 5,700 feet in vertical. IMO, if you are looking to do all three, pack-in and camp at least one night
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Camp at the mini cemetery you pass hiking up. It's totally not haunted at all.
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justiner wrote: Wed May 26, 2021 10:34 am Camp at the mini cemetery you pass hiking up. It's totally not haunted at all.
Where is this located? I didn't notice a mini cemetery on either of the 4 times I've apparently walked by it.
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WVMountaineer wrote: Wed May 26, 2021 10:42 am
justiner wrote: Wed May 26, 2021 10:34 am Camp at the mini cemetery you pass hiking up. It's totally not haunted at all.
Where is this located? I didn't notice a mini cemetery on either of the 4 times I've apparently walked by it.
it's just immediately to hikers left behind the parking area. easy to miss in the dark

but justin i really hope you have a good story about this
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stephakett wrote: Wed May 26, 2021 10:45 am
WVMountaineer wrote: Wed May 26, 2021 10:42 am
justiner wrote: Wed May 26, 2021 10:34 am Camp at the mini cemetery you pass hiking up. It's totally not haunted at all.
Where is this located? I didn't notice a mini cemetery on either of the 4 times I've apparently walked by it.
it's just immediately to hikers left behind the parking area. easy to miss in the dark

but justin i really hope you have a good story about this
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