Peak:  Mt. Belford (14er)
 Route:  Northwest Ridge
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  michaelgrundy
 Date of Info:  04/27/2013
 Date Posted:  04/29/2013

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.

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