Peak(s):  Mt. Belford  -  14,197 feet
Date Posted:  07/21/2019
Date Climbed:   07/19/2019
Author:  overthe59hill
 Mt. Belford Hike   

I arrived at the Mt. Belford trailhead parking lot at 6:18 am and was car #22 in a lot that holds maybe 25. The weather was looking fantastic for maybe my most challenging 14er so far. It was a very long day; much longer than I expected.

ROUTE: Northwest Ridge, 8.0 miles round trip. 4,500' elevation gain.

BEGIN HIKE: 6:48 am

SUMMIT TIME: 2:00 pm

RETURN TO CAR: 6:20 pm

Crossing the first bridge at the beginning of the hike
Avalanche debris and maybe thousands of columbines in this fun stretch
There were columbines all over the valley floor
The second bridge. I was more graceful coming back than going over the first time.
The old cabin ruins
Not even close yet.
A big marmot watched us pass by
Why we do what we do
My dog Tippi's first 14er, notice she claims this one!
The summit marker and my beloved poles
Looking down on the trail from Belford's summit
Looking at Mt. Oxford, where many stronger hikers continue for another summit.

This was my 12th 14er. I have contemplated whether to continue this or find another hobby. I am going on 64 years old. I know I am not the oldest by far, but this was an incredible challenge. I am proud I kept going. I commend the Gardener! What gorgeous wildflowers!

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Comments or Questions
be proud of your accomplishment!!
07/22/2019 07:46
you are a true inspiration.

07/22/2019 08:03
Thank you, Shelly! I still have my eyes on a few more.

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