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2013-12-27  West Slopes  Clear Creek road plowed/dry the first 4 miles in. I parked here with my Kia/Sephia but a good 4wd truck could go about a mile further (about a foot of snow on the road). I snow shoed in the 4 miles to the trailhead and left snow shoes a mile below tree line. That was a mistake, I should have kept them to tree line. Still some deeper snow drifts above treeline, and a thin, windblown layer of snow on Belford. I did not use spikes, but they might have been helpful. I was disappointed in myself that I didn‘t go for Oxford, but it was going to be a 15 mile day on snow by just doing Belford, and the workouts I did earlier in the week were also taking their toll on me. I didn‘t feel comfortable adding another 2+ hours to do the out/back on the cold windy ridge to Oxford. Overall a great day-about 10.5 hours.(When I got down to the road there were snowmobile tracks on it, but I‘m still not sure it would be drivable for a truck). Happy climbing. Janet L janetl   2013-12-27  0       
2013-11-10  Northwest Ridge  Road to TH is very easy to navigate, even in my 2WD passenger car. Trail itself is snowy and a little icy but still quite easy to follow. The sugary snow and underlying ice are a tiny bit slick, so microspikes are nice, especially on the descent. Gaiters were not necessary. Michael Underwood   2013-11-10  0     Edit Delete 
2013-10-11  Northwest Ridge  Some snow is present above treeline, nothing above a foot though. However, there is a layer of ice on the trail. Microspikes would be very helpful. mlayman09   2013-10-11  0     Edit Delete 
2013-09-07  Northwest Ridge  Excellent day and conditions. We did Belford and Oxford and there were no issues with trail or conditions. Short afternoon showers and a little hail. Awesome views! jonandmalia   2013-09-08  0     Edit Delete 
2013-08-11  Northwest Ridge  Summer like conditions most of the day but light snow fell in late afternoon on the peaks and saddle with light rain on Missouri Gulch near trailhead. No lightning and snow was the little pellets that just bounce off you so didn‘t get wet. DaveWruck   2013-08-12  0     Edit Delete 
2013-06-27  Northwest Ridge  Summer conditions all the way to the top. esagas   2013-06-27  0     Edit Delete 
2013-06-19  Northwest Ridge  Mount Belford trail is in great shape. Only one small snow patch right before the summit, and you can either walk through the well-formed trench, or avoid the snow on climber‘s left. pklotzbach   2013-06-20  0     Edit Delete 
2013-06-10  Northwest Ridge  Bel-Ox...Very few patches of snow which are avoidable. Pretty much summer conditions. Missouri on the other hand, looks like it warrants an axe and traction. I can‘t really make out the standard route in this pic, but I am pretty sure it‘s in there somewhere. powhound   2013-06-10 3     Edit Delete 
2013-05-26  Northwest Ridge  The trail was dry to the creek crossing (approx. 10,800 ft) with a mix of snow and bare ground to the turnoff to Elkhead Pass. The shoulder of Belford started bare with snow gradually increasing on the ascent. Around 13,000 feet the switchbacks became hard to follow, and it was easier to boot up the snow toward the summit. Snow was fairly firm on the ascent, but was much softer descending. I postholed to my knees a few times on the descent. Reached the summit with no special gear! Tornadoman   2013-05-27 4  2    Edit Delete 
2013-05-12  Northwest Ridge  I did Belford on 5.12 it was a bit of a slog - a little rain at the parking lot. There was snow on the switchbacks and a lot after the creek crossing. The snow was soft in the morning. After the trees the snow wasn‘t too deep hard and a the trail easy to follow to the base of Belford. Again on Belford the snow was soft - I went straight up. On the way down the wasn‘t any post holing (I was wearing snow shoes) until you get to the decline after the ‘cabin‘. Then I sank down a lot. The snow was melting fast and if this warm weather holds it will be different. Missouri looked dangerous from Belford peak - if there was a place for snow to slide you could see where snow had slid - even on the standard route Dex   2013-05-13  0     Edit Delete 
2013-05-04  Northwest Ridge  I went up Belford with Skis in tow on Saturday (5/04/13). Got a start at 6:50 am. The snow was as hard as a rock all the way to tree line and up to the summit, this made skinning very unpleasant, because the skins didn‘t sink into the snow at all and therefore didn‘t put enough surface area on the snow. Frankly it would have been easier to micro-spike it up to the ridge with skis on my back (which is what I ended up doing). On the descent(at around 12pm) from the top of the ridge It was hard as a rock in places. I didn‘t ski down the northwest gully because I read on CAIC that all of last week‘s Deep Slaps broke on Northwest aspects. So, I skied down the ridge, which was intermittent hard as a rock to nice loose snow, depending how far north a skied down the ridge, until around 12,400 when I traversed the shallowest slope down into the gully. Which was again hard as s**t to nice skiing depending on how much sun gets in there. It started snowing so it didn‘t get a lot, if at all, of sun on Saturday. After the gully I had some great lines all the way down till the creek crossing at 10,000‘, it was really soft, sometimes my buddy who was snow shoeing (poor boarder‘s, I do not why they board) sank down to his hips! The skiing was great though!!! / I have some nice pics, but they are too big for this there website of Bill‘s. On a tangent: I think the name of trees between 10,000‘ and tree line should be here after referred to as "the Tree‘s of Sorrow" I hate those f***ing trees!!!!!!! jmanner   2013-05-08 1     Edit Delete 
2013-04-27  Northwest Ridge  Still quite a bit of snow on the trail around treeline. Was able to walk from the trail head all the way to just before the old cabin without snowshoes in the morning (approx 6:30 am when we arrived at the cabin). Stashed snowshoes 1/4 the way up the valley for the return trip. Ridge line is in good shape and avalanche danger on the standard route is pretty low. The snow that exists on the route is easily avoidable and can be done without microspikes, though having them on certainly would give you better traction. On the decent, snowshoes were needed from just above the old cabin to about halfway back to the trail head. You will post hole up to your hip without them as the snow softens up. michaelgrundy   2013-04-29  0     Edit Delete 
2013-01-01  Northwest Ridge  I was able to drive to the Missouri Gulch Trailhead in my stock 4wd 4-Runner. It‘s about 7.5 miles down the 390 Road. There was a good trail to treeline with a few inches of new snow on it. I stomped it down with snowshoes both up and down. The Northwest Ridge of Belford has 3-6 inches of snow on it. I left the snowshoes behind at treeline. Microspikes are useful on the descent. I also did the traverse to Oxford. It‘s in decent shape with segments of snow and rock. I had a long cold day. Left the car at 3 AM and got back at 5:30 PM. Mickeys Grenade   2013-01-01  0  1  Edit Delete 
2012-12-30  Northwest Ridge  Weasel-ish calendar winter ascent. No problems on the Winfield road. No floatation or added traction needed. Didn‘t even pull out the axe. Too windy for us to have any inclination to head over to Oxford, though. Left TH at 8:00, got back at 1:00. doggler   2013-01-02  0     Edit Delete 
2012-12-02  Northwest Ridge  Packed snow in sections. Very windy. Traction is helpful below the treeline. awilbur77   2012-12-02  0     Edit Delete 
2012-11-02  Northwest Ridge  Route has some snow on it but is avoidable for the most part. We did it without micro spikes, but some may feel more comfortable in having them on some parts coming down. No wolf sightings  dehrlich101   2012-11-03  0  6    Edit Delete 
2012-05-27  Northwest Ridge  Trail very dry all the way to summit. Very few snow patches along the way, but they don‘t really interfere. Some slightly muddy patches on saddle to Oxford, but nothing too bothersome. aliciaf   2012-05-29  0     Edit Delete 
2012-05-17  Northwest Ridge  Trail is 99% free of snow until about 12,000ft. From there on up, there are many ankle deep snow fields along the trail. The snow was soft, grippy, and easy to hike, but you can also avoid it by cutting around the trail. Way down was muddy, and the snow/mud mix makes it very slippery. No flotation necessary, but some traction would be nice above 12k. All the snow should all melt off soon though. captainconair   2012-05-19  0     Edit Delete 
2012-05-05  Northwest Ridge  Trail icy in the morning in the trees, but no spikes needed. Snowpiles are consolidated although they are slushy in the afternoon. No snowshoes needed, very little postholing. Most snowpiles can be navigated around. Trail to Oxford is muddy on the Belford-down climb side, but again, can be navigated around. MissH   2012-05-05  0     Edit Delete 
2012-04-22  Northwest Ridge  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. kushrocks   2012-04-23 1  4 2  Edit Delete 

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