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Mount Belford

Southwest Slopes
Difficulty Class 2 
Risk FactorsExposure: Low
Rockfall Potential: Low  
Route-Finding: Low  
Commitment: Moderate  
 
Start9,650 feet
Summit14,202 feet
Total Gain4,500 feet
RT Length11.00 miles
SheriffChaffee: 719-539-2596
AuthorBillMiddlebrook
Last UpdatedOct 2022
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Trailhead

From Leadville: Drive 20 miles south on U.S. 24 and turn right on the Chaffee County 390 road.
From Buena Vista: Drive 14.5 miles north on U.S. 24 and turn left on the Chaffee County 390 road.
On the 390 road, drive 7.5 miles to a sign for the Missouri Gulch trailhead. Turn left and drive down into the large parking area. There are restrooms here.

Route

Start down the Missouri Gulch Trail, cross the bridge over Clear Creek and continue into the forest. Hike over 1/4 mile and climb a bunch of switchbacks through the steep forest. Leave the switchbacks at 10,400' and continue south along Missouri Gulch creek. At 10,800', turn left and locate a log bridge where the trail crosses the creek - 1. Continue through bushes, turn right follow the excellent trail through an avalanche path clearing ( 2) to reach the remnants of an old shack, near 11,200' - 3. Exit the forest and continue into Missouri Gulch on the excellent trail - 4. At 11,600', stay right at the Mt. Belford trail junction ( 5) and continue south ( 6) for another 1.5 miles to reach the Missouri Mountain trail junction, near 12,600' - 7. Stay left and walk another 3/4 mile to reach Elkhead Pass - 8, 9 and 10.

Belford's summit is over 1 mile away from the pass. Turn left to find a less-used trail heading east - 11. Follow this trail ( 12) for over 0.3 mile before it begins to swing left (north) - 13. Continue toward the ridge, south of Belford's summit - 14, and 15. When you reach the ridge crest, at 14,100', intersect the standard trail between Belford and Oxford - 16. Turn left and walk over to Belford's summit - 17 and 18.

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