Mount Belford - Mount Oxford

Buena Vista, Colorado 81228

Mount Belford - Mount Oxford

Mount Belford - Mount Oxford Professional Review and Guide

"A day hike to the summit of 14,196-foot Mount Belford, with an additional side trip to 14,153-foot Mount Oxford. The Mount Belford trail splits away from the Elkhead Pass route about midway up Missouri Gulch, then descends to rejoin that trail at Elkhead Pass. Hikers bound for the summit are advised to hike all the way to Elkhead Pass before starting upward, as the summit is much easier to attain from this direction even though this routing looks longer on the map.

More aggressive peak-baggers can hike the spur trail to the summit of Mount Oxford from a shoulder near the top of Mount Belford. Mount Belford has the better mountain views, while Mount Oxford looks out over a vast sweep of basins to the east. There is no surface water along either of these routes, so carry an adequate supply and don’t plan on camping in the high country. As with all exposed trails, start your trip early in the morning to escape from the alpine zone before the afternoon thundershowers hit."

More Mount Belford - Mount Oxford Professional Reviews and Guides

"This is a good time to check the weather, rest, and make sure your dog is cool and has had plenty of water. The hike from here is at high altitude with constant exposure to changing weather and hot temperatures on a sunny day.

Out on the trail you are the ambassador for all hikers and their dogs. Some people you meet may believe that your dog does not belong in the backcountry. Others may be afraid of your dog. You need to be friendly and Rover must be on his very best behavior in such situations. On the bright side, a canine companion may serve as an icebreaker as other hikers stop and ask about your pet."

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Trail Information

Buena Vista
Nearby City
1,609 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
Mid-July to late September
9,600 feet
Trailhead Elevation
14,196 feet
Top Elevation
Leadville District, San Isabel National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Mount Harvard
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Nov 2018