Peak:  Mt. Belford (14er)
 Route:  Northwest Ridge
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  AW007
 Date of Info:  11/11/2011
 Date Posted:  11/12/2011

There is only about six inches of snow at the Missouri Gulch Trailhead, making it easily drivable in any vehicle. The route itself is in good shape, and could definitely be climbed in nothing more than a good pair of waterproof hiking boots and some sort of gaiter system. Our group carried snowshoes, but there is a good boot-pack from TH to summit, so they never became necessary. The weather for the first 2/3 of the hike was wonderful, but towards the summit the wind was blasting - be prepared for that and throw in an extra layer.

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