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 Peak(s):  Missouri Mountain  -  14,067 feet
Mt. Belford  -  14,197 feet
Mt. Oxford  -  14,153 feet
 Post Date:  08/04/2012
 Date Climbed:   08/03/2012
 Posted By:  emohr
 Additional Members:   BTort
 Mizzelford - 3 the Hard Way      

PEAKS: Missouri Mountain, Mt. Oxford, & Mt. Belford
ROUTE: Rockdale Trailhead to Mt. Oxford
LENGTH: 13 Miles
ELEVATION GAIN: 7000' Total Gain
CLASS: Class 1 with some Class 2
DIFFICULTY: 8/10
TIME: 8 loooooooong hours


Saw a report that dillonsarnelli put up a couple of days ago about doing Missouri, Belford, and Oxford all in the same day, and it just looked to good not to try for myself

Here's the route we took
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After 2 years of college... I realize I can't make a map. But here's the route we took. Thanks for the image Mr. Sarnelli


Stats:
1) Rockdale to Missouri - 2.5 Miles, 3,200' elevation gain, 2h 6m hike time
2) Missouri to Elkhead Pass - 1 Mile, 600' elevation gain, 1.5h hike time
3) Elkhead Pass to Oxford - 1 Mile, 400' elevation gain, 1h 25m hike time
4) Oxford to Belford - 1.25 Miles, 600' elevation gain, 45m hike time
5) Belford to Missouri Trail via Elkhead Pass - 1.5 Miles, 0' elevation gain, 30m hike time
6) Missouri Trail to Rockdale - 2.75 miles, 1200' elevation gain, 1h 50m hike time

Brandon, Ben, and I left Golden at about 2:00AM on Friday morning, and got to the trailhead and started hiking at 6. It took us forever to find the actual Rockdale road. We weren't even sure we were on it until we could see Missouri

1) Rockdale to Missouri - 2.5 Miles, 3,200' elevation gain, 2h 6m hike time


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Brandon at the Rockdale Gate


The trail starts meandering up a ridge to the East while following Clohesy Lake. We got a few glimpses of the moon

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Looking over towards Huron


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Moon just stickin up a little bit with Clohesy Lake


Right after the trail went by a nice waterfall, it started to make its up way up a large grassy hill. We followed cairns as long as we could, but we couldn't see any real trail up this. Some minor league bushwackin was needed here

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Cairn right by the "trail"


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The trail-less hill


After we got up the hill, the trail started making its way along the Missouri Ridge

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Ridge that leads to Missouri


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Felt good. Too dumb to think about trip back


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To Missouri


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Along the ridge of Missouri looking to the Southwest


And finally, we made it to Missouri!

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Summit of Missouri with the trail of the traverse we made for our way to Elkhead Pass


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Brandon's 13th 14er of the Summer


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Missouri was a nice 18th for me


2) Missouri to Elkhead Pass - 1 Mile, 600' elevation gain, 1.5h hike time

From the Missouri Summit, we planned on traversing across the Missouri Mountain's South Ridge along a trail. Unfortunately, we never found one and had to skree walk/run/fall across the face to Elkhead

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On our traverse to Elkhead


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"Harvester of Sorrow" Traverse


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Working our way to the top of Elkhead Pass


3) Elkhead Pass to Oxford - 1 Mile, 400' elevation gain, 1h 25m hike
time


After getting to the top of Elkhead Pass, we started our trek up the Pass towards Belford/Oxford. This part of the trail is quite tame and makes for easy/quick hiking

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The trail to Oxford and back


Hiking down and up to Oxford wasn't too shabby

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Oxford for the 19th


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Brandon classily enjoying his Golden 14er on Oxford while peering off towards Harvard


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Summit security


After spending our lunch with a pair of lovely Colorado ladies, we preceded back to Belford. It was rough knowing we were only half way done with our hike at this point. Moral was getting low. Quick

4) Oxford to Belford - 1.25 Miles, 600' elevation gain, 45m hike time

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Trail back to Belford/Missouri/Elkhead Pass


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Belford and all it's happy inhabitants


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Summit of Belford


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Shoe of choice. I'm sorry to upset the "Ankle-Support" community


5) Belford to Missouri Trail via Elkhead Pass - 1.5 Miles, 0' elevation gain, 30m hike time

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Missouri


6) Missouri Trail to Rockdale - 2.75 miles, 1200' elevation gain, 1h 50m hike time

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Clohesy Lake with clouds building up on our way back


We finally made it back to my Xterra at about 4:30. Loooooong day. It was really nice being able to summit multiple tough 14ers in one day. Definitely not for the faint of heart, and make sure to start early. We go pretty fast, but it took us over 8 hours of hiking to complete this bad boy

Let me know if you have any questions on the route!




Stay Thirsty My Friends



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  • Comments or Questions
dillonsarnelli


this is great     2012-08-04 23:17:48
haha - well done! good to know people read my TR's! it was a long beastly haul for sure man. I don't think your giving yourself full credit for the mileage and gain though in those stats. definitely a long day. you have any problems getting up that road?


emohr


Beastly Haul Stats     2012-08-04 23:19:18
I knew there had to be something wrong with that. only 10 miles? It was way longer than that. I didn't have my Gerry Roach book when I was doing the report so I was just using 14ers and Google Earth for the stats. Definitely a bogus idea lol

And we cruised up in my 2002 Nissan Xterra. That road up was awesomeeeeee - probably the second most technical driving I've done; only behind Lake Como Road


zephyr_pelicante


Great photos     2012-08-05 10:34:57
And nice CSM tshirt!


Doctor No


Nice work!     2012-08-05 16:57:01
Then I didn't see you on Missouri yesterday (per my Facebook comment).

Looks like a great traverse!


emohr


Thank ya     2012-08-05 17:27:29
Haha how observant of you zephyr! Are you a student or alum??

That traverse was a blast. And it's comforting that I don't have to go back to that basin for a while hah


Craig Cook


No. 20!     2012-08-05 22:49:00
Way to go!

If you're ever up for this haul again in the future, let me know. Looks like a fun (if long) hike!



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