Peak(s):  Mt. Belford  -  14,197 feet
Mt. Oxford  -  14,153 feet
Date Posted:  08/12/2010
Date Climbed:   08/10/2010
Author:  sandlot
 Planned for Belford, then bagged Oxford  

I finally was able to get out and about and get on top of something this summer and was able to hike Belford. My girl friend and I drove up Monday afternoon and camped about 100 yards down the rode from Missouri Gulch trail head just west of the Vicksburg Museum. I backed the car right into a nice little pull off campsite. Image Woke up at 7 and was on the trail by 7:30. Did the dozen or so switchbacks gaining some altitude until Pecks peak could easily be seen. ImageMade it to the cabin around 8:30 with a few campers. Hiked a little bit further out of the trees and could see Belford and the crazy s like switchbacks. ImageMade it to the bottom of what I would call the spiral stair case at 9. Look from where you come from Image Looking up the spiral stair case ImageOnce on top of the stair case, we could easily see Belford and all the switchbacks which make going up rather easy. Made it here at 9:15ImageWith the girl friend having had reconstructive knee surgery a few years ago, we took it slow and making it to the summit a little before 11. With it being a beautiful day and Oxford looking so close, I decided that I wanted to hike Oxford. I left my girl friend on top and went after Oxford. I thought the trail between Oxford and Belford was really nice. I hauled down Belford up Oxford in under 40 minutes.Belford to OxfordImageOxford to Belford ImageLeft Oxford for Belford making it back to Belford in again less than 40 minutes. With just having finished a marathon and half marathon this summer, I was able to hike faster than most. Going up Oxford was a breeze, but Belford was a little harder. It got steep quick, but it doesn't last very long. I met up with the girl friend and hiked back down making it back to the car around 2:45. Going down took a while with so many switchbacks that just never seemed to end. However, it stayed nice and I could enjoy myself. I packed up my tent and aimed back for Boulder. Ran into some traffic on 285, but it was worth it. I had to stop for the best post hike meal ever.Image

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 Comments or Questions

Food ...
08/12/2010 14:56
Hmmm ... looks like Coney Island outside of Bailey! 8) Glad your gal did okay after the knee surgery. Thanks for posting. Happy trails!


B/O on 8/10
08/13/2010 04:28
Ran into you on top of Belford, thanks for the beta... It was worth the effort to climb Oxford, took me a little longer then you did. Nice pics.

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