Peak:  Mt. Belford (14er)
 Route:  West Slopes
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  janetl
 Date of Info:  12/27/2013
 Date Posted:  12/27/2013

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

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