Peak:  Mt. Belford (14er)
 Route:  Northwest Ridge
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  rquayle
 Date of Info:  06/10/2011
 Date Posted:  06/13/2011

We climbed Belford from the Missori Gulch trailhead/standard route. The road to the trailhead is clear and passable by passenger car. There was no snow at the trailhead @ 10,000 feet. We found snow starting @ around 11,500' to 12,500' - typical snow patches covering the trail, some up to 3 or 4 feet deep. It was annoying with the postholing, but tolerable. The snow covered the trail for some distance at times, and it was a bit difficult to stay on/near the trail (we saw only 3 people on the mountain that day, so not too many new tracks through the snow). We brought snowshoes and kahtoola microspikes, but did not use either as the snow never lasted for long. There was no snow and the route was clear from 12,500' to the summit. We were too tired to make the trek over to Oxford, but the route looked good. If you are thinking about climbing Belford/Oxford there is no need to wait.

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