Mt. Belford - Missouri Gulch
ElevationAscent: 2,481' 756 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 14,145' 4,311 m
Low: 11,663' 3,555 m
GradeAvg Grade: 27% (15°)
Max Grade: 62% (32°)
Popular runs nearby
10.9 mi 17.5 km • Out and Back • 4,399 ft Ascent 1340.95 m Ascent
Belford and Oxford
10.9 mi 17.5 km • Out and Back • 5,670 ft Ascent 1728.35 m Ascent
8.2 mi 13.2 km • Loop • 1,587 ft Ascent 483.58 m Ascent
8.8 mi 14.1 km • Out and Back • 4,260 ft Ascent 1298.32 m Ascent
Grizzly Peak and Garfield Peak
7.3 mi 11.7 km • Loop • 2,910 ft Ascent 887.04 m Ascent
Buffalo Peaks Wilderness Loop
12.3 mi 19.8 km • Loop • 1,921 ft Ascent 585.38 m Ascent
Navigate on-trail with our free app
“A switchbacking stroll up a Sawatch 14er.”— Tyler Prince
The land manager requests dogs be leashed. This is an excellent route for dogs - minimal exposure, well-maintained switchbacks, and few mountain goats to chase - so few would blame the owner who lets their dog(s) roam free (but beware of the consequences).
From here, it's a short jaunt to Mt. Belford's northwest ridge. Hit the ridge at a rocky area (cairned) before attaining an excellent trail...with many switchbacks. You'll spend the next mile on nothing but sharp switchbacks, but will encounter hardly any obstacles. Around 13,800 ft, the switchbacks angle to the left, and a false summit pops into view. Continue along a straight (refreshing) trail. Crest the false summit at 14,100 ft, upon which the summit of Mt. Belford comes into view. It's just another hundred feet and change to the small rock band that is the summit.
From here, turn back, or press on to Mt. Oxford.
Run this trail?
We need help with the following missing trail information:
Need to Know
Is something wrong? Let us know. Have photos to share? Help fellow runners know what's here.