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Date Saturday  9/21/2019
End Date Saturday  9/21/2019
Group Denver
Event Title 14er: Mt Belford-NW Ridge With Option Of Mt. Oxford
Start Time 3:45 AM
Status Complete
Leader Uwe Sartori
Member Price Free
Non-member Price Free
Available Participants Full- Join Waitlist
Waitlist Participants 2
Type Trip
Trip Type Hike
Pace Moderate
Classification Moderate D
Trail Mileage 8
Elevation Gain 4557
Driving Distance 222


Car Pool Location: Hwy 285 & Twin Forks PNR - Hwy 285, about 12 miles south of the Hwy 285/C-470 Exit.

DepartureTime: 03:45AM

Mt Belford and Mt Oxford are in the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness Area of the San Isabel Forest, Chaffee County, Colorado. The Missouri Gulch Trailhead is located 7.7 miles west of the intersection of US Hwy 24 and County Road 390.

For more info Contact

Hi, Karin Hensel here. I'm your CMC Denver Leader-In-Training for this trip. For this trip, you'll need to contact me first. I'll answer any of your questions, and together we'll make sure this is a good fit for you. You can contact me by e-mail at Share some of your recent climb experiences that are comparable to this trip. Remember this is not a technical climb. Just lots of strenuous work and elevation gain. You need to be in good shape.


Join us for a beautiful end of summer hike in the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness Area. Soak in the fall colors and feel the coolness in the air signaling the seasonal change from summer to fall. Use the hike to start training for your winter sports that await you right around the corner. Oh, yes, and snag a 14'er or two. Come on, get in touch and let's get you on this trip!

Leave Twin Forks PNR at 3:45 am, drive time approximately 2.5 hours. Leave Missouri Gulch trailhead (9,640') at 6:30 am. Sunrise at 6:52 am. Begin with immediate, steep "relentless" switchbacks.

Follow Missouri Gulch trail to an old cabin at 11,280' just below treeline. Upon exiting treeline, and before trail crosses back to west side, find Mount Belford trail leading southeast. Follow it as it switchbacks up to the summit 14,197'.
From Belford the Mount Oxford option is to descend to the saddle at 13,500' and hike .7 mile east-northeast to Oxford's west ridge to summit at 14,153'. Return over Belford, retrace route.

We'll stop as needed for gear adjustments and breaks. We'll stay together as a team throughout the hike. Our focus is safety, fun and goal.

Once back at the TH, we can decide if we want to stop for a bite to eat or race home to the showers!


Bring the 10 essentials and extra water - three liters recommended, two minimum. A recent trip report on recommends micro spikes for the steep dirt descent. Trek poles could be helpful.

This will be a long, strenuous day. Mt. Belford is between 7-8 miles RT, 4,557' net elevation gain and 4,617' total elevation gain. Adding the Mt. Oxford option, total RT mileage goes to about 10-11 miles with a net elevation gain of 5,800' and a total elevation gain of 5,967'. Expect to hike 8 to 10 hours at an average moderate pace once we get past the steep switchbacks at the start.

The Oxford option will depend on the weather and group's collective ability.

Car pool expenses CMC Denver formula - (Total Miles * $0.30/Mile)/# of car occupants including the driver. Estimated $17/person if 2 cars and 4 people per car. Bring cash.


Guests are ok if they are sponsored by a member who qualifies for this hike and meet my trip qualifications. Let me know if you have any questions about this.

For an overview of our route, go to: