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Mt Belford from Missouri Gulch
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Mt Belford from Missouri GulchSouth Central, CO
South Central, CO
Hiking8.40 Miles 4,531 AEG
Hiking8.40 Miles   6 Hrs   57 Mns   1.39 mph
4,531 ft AEG      54 Mns Break
 
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After hiking Mount Harvard the day before, I was a bit tired when I got of bed early in the morning to do this hike. I though about calling the hike off, but I decided to endeavor to persevere.

This hike is about as straightforward as it gets: head south for 4 miles, gaining 4,500 of elevation in the process; then turn around and drop 4,500 feet of elevation in 4 miles on the return.

The "warm up" on this hike consisted of only gaining 950 feet of elevation in the first mile. After that, it starts to get steep. There were lots of short switchbacks in the last couple of miles which were helpful.

The hike was almost all class 1, with a bit of class 2 thrown in for good measure.

There were a few people out on the trails, but not many. I had the summit to myself.

The views were nice at the summit, so there was a decent payoff for the effort to get up there.
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