Peak:  Mt. Belford (14er)
 Route:  Northwest Ridge
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  Artvandalay
 Date of Info:  04/06/2011
 Date Posted:  04/06/2011

Made to the top of Belford and bailed without Oxford. Chafee County road 390 is clear until Clear Creek Ranch. Actually about .5 miles after Clear Creek Ranch. I got my car stuck in a nasty section but had I made it past that section I could have easily gone another mile or more. The snow has hard packed in the morning but much softer in the afternoon on the descent. There is a lot of snow here. About 1 mile after the initial switchbacks it becomes difficult to identify a trail. Not too big of a deal on this hike because all roads lead to Missouri Gulch but some roads will cause you to posthole to your waist even with snowshoes on. The Belford shoulder is 80% clear of snow on the trail. Some switchbacks up the shoulder disappear partially and then reappear later on up the mountain.

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