Mount Belford

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Mt. Belford is in the Sawatch Range of Colorado, and is named for James B. Belford, Colorado's first congressman. The standard route is through Missouri Gulch, where there is an excellent trail constructed by the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative.

Elevation (feet): 14,197
Elevation (meters): 4,327
Continent: North America
Country: United States
Range/Region: Sawatch Range
State: Colorado
Latitude: 38.9606
Longitude: -106.361
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Nearest major airport: Denver
Convenient Center: Buena Vista or Leadville

Thanks to Kirk Mallory for adding this peak.

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 35 trip reports for Mount Belford.

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  • Log #21380 - by Jason LaSuzzo on Aug 14, 2008
    Summited Mount Belford with my good friends Vijay and Blane on August 13th 2005. The weather changed in a moment’s notice and we suddenly found ourselves caught in an unbelievable lightning and...
  • Log #12080 - by Bill Stevens on Sep 17, 2004
    Pine Creek to Elkhead Pass to Belford, back to Pine Creek. Was going to stroll over to Oxford, but a storm came in, send me running back down to treeline. This was barely 9:30 AM.
  • Log #12081 - by Peter & Ben Alexander on Sep 16, 2004
    A beautiful hike! I climbed it with my 14-yr. old son on a crytal clear summer day. This was one of the best 14ers we have done. We lef the trailhead about 6:30 and were on top well before 11, and...
  • Log #12082 - by Gary Meyer on Aug 10, 2004
    Left the Missouri Gulch TH at 6:45am. A perfect day for a hike. Not a cloud in the sky. We reached the summit of Belford in 2 1/2 hrs and quickly pushed on to Oxford.
  • Log #12083 - by Larry Boyd on July 13, 2004
    Nice hike. Started early and hoped to get Oxford but turned back. Missouri Gulch trail is very steep starting out but is easy to follow.
  • Log #12084 - by Jon Dinsenski on Nov 06, 2003
    A very nice day on this one. We went over to Oxford and then returned via Elkhead Pass.
  • Log #12085 - by Patrick L. Lilly on Sep 23, 2002
    2nd time I had climbed this peak. The first time was in 1975. A few early afternoon showers, but otherwise a pleasant and calm day.
  • Log #12086 - by Ryan Badtke on Sep 11, 2002
    This was an incredibly easy hike, which made it kind of boring. The views from the top were awesome though.
  • Log #12087 - by Kipp Miles on Aug 31, 2002
    Backpacked from old ghost town of Vicksburg, Colorado up north side of mountain between Belford and Missouri Mt. with my wife, Bonnie. Spent night at timberline. Got up early, around 4:00am and hiked...
  • Log #12088 - by Jeff and Leslie Crow on Aug 12, 2002
    Great day, longer hike than we expected. Great experience all-around. Outstanding views throughout. We passed the gentlemen who was attempting Belford, Oxford and Missouri.
  • Log #12089 - by Joe Perry & Pati Wilson on Aug 11, 2002
    Beautiful day and spectacular views all the way up and certainly at the summit. Took longer than anticipated (coming from relative flatlands)so we didn't try for Oxford this trip. Downhill was...
  • Log #12090 - by Sport on July 22, 2002
    Left the Missouri Gulch TH at 8a, arrived at the summit of Belford at 11a. Pushed on to Oxford. Two hours RT from Belford to Oxford and back. The 700' return ascent was not as bad as expected.
  • Log #12091 - by Christopher Dorry on June 22, 2002
    Summited with Ann Marie and Bob Dorry. One day trip starting at Missouri Gulch TH. It took me 3 hours and 20 mins. up, and 2.
  • Log #12092 - by Michael Jake on June 12, 2002
    Summited with my Fiancee, Lori Fleury. Backpacked in Missouri Gulch up to treeline, set up camp and then hiked to the summit on the NW ridge route. Thunder kept us from running the ridge to Oxford -...
  • Log #12093 - by Carla on May 15, 2002
    Summited with Al, Michelle and Zach, in one day from Missouri Gulch. Little or no snow on trail, very windy. Didn't make it to Oxford, looks like we'll be back! First one of 2002, number 21 overall.
  • Log #12094 - by Gretchen on Feb 12, 2002
    I backpacked in and summited on the second day. But got achilles tendonitis on first day, so I didnt enjoy the hike as much as I should have. I kept walking though and peaked both Belford and Oxford....
  • Log #12095 - by mike hagan on Oct 03, 2001
    A great walk-up mountain. Made the summit in three hours, but decided to just enjoy the beautiful day rather than push on to Oxford. Excellent views. Many fourteeners visible, if you know what you're...
  • Log #12096 - by George Schock on Sep 25, 2001
    Perfect weather for Climbing Mt Belford and Mt Oxford. Very clear sky and little wind. Aspen Leaves were peaking in color. Was able to take a nap at top of Belford after hitting Mt Oxford.
  • Log #12097 - by Tom & Becky Bird on Sep 24, 2001
    Went up a non-standard route (from the E from Pine Creek Trailhead). Hiked in 4.7 miles to Colorado Trail junction and set up backcountry camp on 22nd. (Climbed Mt.
  • Log #12098 - by Keith Grissom on Aug 21, 2001
    Great trail all the way up Belford. Did in conjunction with Oxford. Going back up Belford from Oxford was pretty tiring, but in the end very rewarding.
  • Log #12099 - by Kristine Kinzli on Aug 07, 2001
    Initial hike up into the valley was steeper than expected. Volunteers have done an excellent job of restoring the trail. This was a wonderful hike - however we didn't make it over to Oxford on this...
  • Log #12100 - by Sarah Slagter on July 31, 2001
    This is an incredible mountain, and I loved climbing it!!!
  • Log #12101 - by Carl E. Helton on July 26, 2001
    First Mountain I've Climbed without one of the Best friends a Man could ever have, missed having you there Andy! Climbed Mt. Belford with a group of 8 from Memphis, TN. Hiked up on the Missouri Gulch...
  • Log #12102 - by Dan Mottinger on July 04, 2001
    Climb the Mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while...
  • Log #12103 - by Dan McE on June 25, 2001
    Steep hike, but well worth it. Amazing job by the CFI on the steep trail at the base of Belford. Left at 6:48 am, summeted Belford 9:48 am. Blisters kept us off of Oxford.
  • Log #12104 - by Tom on June 24, 2001
    I made it up Belford and over to Oxford after the rather difficult hike. 4500 vertical feet in 3.5 miles, it was tougher than I thought, but worth the work. Started from the trailhead around 4:30AM...
  • Log #12105 - by deadville on Feb 15, 2001
    Me ang my buddie Damon B hiked up Missouri gulch and camped the for the night near treeline. It was fall and the aspens were beuitfull and there was snow at about 12500. Great easy fourteener and...
  • Log #12106 - by Megam Sandberg on Feb 08, 2001
    It was an incredible experience that taught me just how strong I was!
  • Log #12107 - by Ted Ware on Jan 07, 2001
    Made the ascent with a group from Colorado Outward Bound. A deeply moving experince for me and others on the trip.
  • Log #12108 - by matt kirk on Nov 03, 2000
    Greetings 14er climbers and enthusiasts. I just wanted to let everyone know that there should be a 14ers forum coming soon at If you have the time, please come by and...
  • Log #12109 - by Tim Escher on Aug 20, 2000
    First fourteener for me. Awesome! Took the standard head-on route to the top, starting at 6:30 AM from the parking lot, and reaching the last false peak (at about 14K) at 10 AM. Waited for compadres...
  • Log #12110 - by David Metz on Jan 18, 2000
    Summited both Belford & Oxford from Vicksburg on one long windy day.
  • Log #12111 - by Craig Ayler on Jan 15, 2000
    A great climb. My hats off to the 14'ers Initiative for their effort on the Mt. Belford trail. A great work out and great views.
  • Log #12112 - by Peter Gram on Jan 03, 2000
    I climbed Mt Belford in combination with Mt Oxford.
  • Log #12113 - by Kirk Mallory on Oct 07, 1999
    Backpacked into Missouri Gulch on Saturday, August 15th, and climbed both Belford and Mt. Oxford on the 16th. Great weather. Returned to the summit on Sept.