|Peak:||Mt. Belford (14er)|
|Date of Information:||04/22/2012|
We summited Mt. Belford on Saturday afternoon. We didn't hit the trail until almost 1pm. The snow was really consolidated almost the whole way up. Even with the afternoon heat around 50 to 60 degrees and 55+ lb packs on I only post holed once or twice. I suppose you could have got away without Microspikes but I found them really helpful. The good news is that snow shoes are not needed at this time. In the sunset photo you can see looking to the west there still appears to be a decent amount of snow. We camped on the summit then went for Oxford the next morning and came back down. Decending Belford over to Oxford was a little slick and covered in snow and ice especially near the top but the ascent to oxford was almost completely snow free. This could be one of my new least favorite hikes but seeing my first sunset on top of a 14er was totally worth it.
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