Follow the Mt. Belford - Northwest Ridge Route
to the summit of Mt. Belford. Oxford is 1.5 miles to the east and the connecting ridge between Belford and Oxford is obvious - 1
. What you cannot see from here is that the descent from Belford is more difficult than the hike up to Oxford.
Descend southeast from Belford's summit and follow a trail southeast - 2
. After 1/4 mile and still above 14,000', turn left and start down Belford's east ridge, toward the Belford-Oxford saddle - 3
. Before the turn, you may see another trail heading toward Elkhead Pass - stay on the trail for Oxford. Begin your descent of the ridge - 4
. Follow the trail toward Oxford as it weaves down through the rocks ( 6
) to reach the saddle
at 13,500' - 7
Cross the saddle and begin climbing Oxford's southwest ridge - 8
. Near 14,000', pass a large rock pile - 10
. The trail sweeps left before turning right to reach the final pitch - 11
. Hike through rocks to reach the top
shows the return to Belford, which is the most grueling part of this hike.