Peak(s):  Mt. Belford  -  14,197 feet
Date Posted:  07/21/2019
Date Climbed:   07/19/2019
Author:  overthe59hill
 Mt. Belford Hike   

I arrived at the Mt. Belford trailhead parking lot at 6:18 am and was car #22 in a lot that holds maybe 25. The weather was looking fantastic for maybe my most challenging 14er so far. It was a very long day; much longer than I expected.

ROUTE: Northwest Ridge, 8.0 miles round trip. 4,500' elevation gain.

BEGIN HIKE: 6:48 am

SUMMIT TIME: 2:00 pm

RETURN TO CAR: 6:20 pm

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Crossing the first bridge at the beginning of the hike
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Avalanche debris and maybe thousands of columbines in this fun stretch
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There were columbines all over the valley floor
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The second bridge. I was more graceful coming back than going over the first time.
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The old cabin ruins
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Not even close yet.
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A big marmot watched us pass by
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Why we do what we do
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My dog Tippi's first 14er, notice she claims this one!
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The summit marker and my beloved poles
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Looking down on the trail from Belford's summit
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Looking at Mt. Oxford, where many stronger hikers continue for another summit.

This was my 12th 14er. I have contemplated whether to continue this or find another hobby. I am going on 64 years old. I know I am not the oldest by far, but this was an incredible challenge. I am proud I kept going. I commend the Gardener! What gorgeous wildflowers!




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Comments or Questions
shelly+

be proud of your accomplishment!!
07/22/2019 07:46
you are a true inspiration.


overthe59hill

Accomplishment
07/22/2019 08:03
Thank you, Shelly! I still have my eyes on a few more.



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