Peak:  Mt. Belford (14er)
 Route:  Northwest Ridge
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  StikMan
 Date of Info:  12/17/2011
 Date Posted:  12/18/2011

Missouri Gulch trail below tree line is easy to follow - snow on the trail was never more than ankle deep until the creek crossing. In the trees past the creek crossing the snow begins to deepen. We didn't have snowshoes but the party in front of us did and dusted us from there to the start of the ridge - we were in microspikes the whole time. We did a decent amount of post holing between the old cabin and the start of the ridge. The ridge itself had enough snow to make the trail slippery, but not enough to cover or hold the scree and talus in place. No avy danger on the Belford trail - slopes look to hold more snow as you continue to Missouri. The trail to Oxford looked pretty clear, but we didn't head over.

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