Peak(s):  Mt. Belford  -  14,197 feet
Mt. Oxford  -  14,153 feet
Date Posted:  08/04/2008
Date Climbed:   07/17/2008
Author:  djrunner

This was my second attempt to reach Oxford. I tried last summer and turned back after summitting Missouri and Belford because of weather.

I started on the trail around 5:30 AM. This was the first light from the sun I witnessed that morning.

I found the old cabin ruins. The trail from here fades. I found it to the right. It parallels the creek.

The trail is a good trail. The only place to get lost is if you miss the well posted sign which guides you up Belford. Otherwise, the trail is good. Therefore I will not bore my trip report with details about the trail. Instead, I will share some of my photo op. moments.

I just made it to the less steep portion at the top of Belford. I decided to take a break. The trail up to here is a good trail, but it shore is steep! I had to catch my breath.

I had summitted Belford, but my destination was Oxford. Here I am on the saddle between the two. Belford's summit is the rock pile top right.

I summitted and posed on Oxford. I believe the mountain behind me is Belford.

Back up belford, I paused to eat a sandwich.

Here is a picture of the gulch on the way down.

20 minutes later this is what it looked like.

Yep, I got rained on. It was only 12:10 when I felt my first rain drop. I was pretty close to the trees. However, there were several people still on top of the mountain.

Remember people, off the summit by noon. There was some lightning, but none that was stricking as low as I was.

Overall, it was a fun experience. I was sore the next day from the steep, quick climb.

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