Mt. Belford  
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2016-12-30  Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2016-12-31, By: BillMiddlebrook
Info: Road is blocked by snow nearly 4 miles below the Missouri Gulch trailhead. We rode sleds in and skinned up the Missouri Gulch trail which was snow-covered all the way to the tree line and mostly snow-covered up to the start of the ridge. There's nothing skiable up there right now but if you're hiking, snowshoes are a must at least to the ridge. We didn't hike up the standard route but I've included a couple of shots of the ridge. 
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2016-11-22  Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2016-11-23, By: dstelk
Info: Hiked Belford on 11/22. 390 rd only a trace of snow to TH. About 3" of snow fell the night before down low. I think more up high, but tough to tell due to wind transport. Trail is snow packed through the gulch and mainly drifted snow up the ridge, knee deep in spots. I went all the way to the ridge before putting on micros and kept them on until getting back to the TH. I was the only vehicle at the TH when I started at 7:15, and with more weather seeming to move in, I punted on Oxford. Was crazy to be the only person in Missouri Gulch and surrounding peaks, and didn't like the thought of being on that ridge, alone, in a white out. Avy danger is nil on Belford for now, but it won't take much to change that since the layer that's down right now is granular and faceted. East facing aspects are holding more snow and probably more wind loaded as winds were stiff out of the west for that storm that just came through. 
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2016-11-20  Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2016-11-21, By: emself
Info: Route is mostly dry, with some patches of snow and ice on the switchbacks up the ridge. The creek crossing at 10,800 was completely iced over. Microspikes were nice to have for the descent. 
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2016-11-09  Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2016-11-09, By: jess10611
Info: Hiked both Belford & Oxford today (11/9). Started at 2:30am, made it to the top of Belford by 6:30 for sunrise. Below treeline there was some snow leftover from last weekend. Nothing that warranted microspikes though. Above treeline there were probably 2-3 inches of leftover snow. Microspikes or poles would’ve been nice to have on the way down (I was sliding all over), but not necessary I guess since I was able to make it without falling. Left Belford around 6:50 and was on top of Oxford by 8. Oxford was completely dry. Very minimal snow that could be easily avoided. However, there was some snow on the saddle between the two but I still managed just fine without spikes. Overall, would recommend microspikes for Belford descent, but they probably won’t be needed besides that. 
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2016-10-29  Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2016-10-29, By: Owen Puffenberger
Info: The short version: no traction is necessary. The long version: trail is still in practically summer conditions until you actually hit Belford's NW ridge after the junction for Missouri/Elkhead Pass. Ascending the ridge, the trail is still probably 80% clear, but there are numerous patches of (totally avoidable) snow and ice on the trail. The summit itself was clear. A beautiful, albeit extremely windy day. Only saw 8 other hikers all day. 
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2016-10-20  Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2016-10-24, By: acpeterson11779
Info: Weather was perfect, low wind and solid temps. Trail was mostly clear of snow and ice, there were sections that the snow covered the trail, not much of an issue going up more going down after the snow had melted and the ice became slippery. Overall though the trail is still great and the summit is very reachable. 
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2016-10-15  Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2016-10-16, By: awflynn
Info: Sunny and cool, but windy. The Weather Channel indicated wind would be in low 20 mph range, but wind and gusts exceeded 60 mph at and near the summit. Mixture of rock/dirt and snow/ice in trails above tree line. Poles and micro-spikes were nice to have (other climbers on trail without spikes). No water to be had above the Missouri Gulch. We each brought about 60 liters of water, which was more than enough for Mt. Belford. However, had we extended to Oxford, we would have gotten thirsty. 
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2016-10-12  Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2016-10-12, By: jpoppinfresh
Info: Smooth sailing. Once you are on the main ridge you'll run into occasional knee-high snow if you go off route. Route finding was quite easy so it shouldn't be a problem. Microspikes and trekking poles definitely made life easier in a few spots. Had the place to myself...it was a beautiful day. 
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2016-10-08  Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2016-10-08, By: Tlorbets
Info: Did Combo, see Mt. Oxford report. 
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2016-09-03  Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2016-09-03, By: 50Stater
Info: Clear all the way 
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2016-07-06  Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2016-07-07, By: Indy
Info: Camped at the cabin campsite. Temperature was perfect throughout the day. The summit was extremely windy (est. 35-45 mi/hr). No hazards along the route, summer conditions. Just be wary of the wind! 
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2016-06-18  Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2016-06-20, By: E_A_Marcus_949
Info: Beautiful conditions. Very little snow on the route and is avoidable apart from one area on the Oxford ascent... though it could be avoided with some rock hopping. Easy trail to follow. Be sure to cross the creek/river before you reach the hut, be sure to go to the left rather than following what "could be" a trail to the right... There are hot-pink markers on trees, which led to confusion and a rapid-like river crossing, but it's avoidable if you cross in the right place. Be ready for lots of switch-backs and some steep parts, but other than that, summer-like conditions. 
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2016-06-18  Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2016-06-18, By: tobiasfunke
Info: Summer conditions on Belford. Leave the snow gear at home as there is no need. 
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2016-06-11  Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2016-06-12, By: edvardkenfish
Info: Did the NW Ridge, then followed the traverse over to Oxford. Really nothing to this one other than a long, steep trudge. Currently the snow on the trail is entirely avoidable in all but a few places, though the post holes are good enough that no extra traction or aid is really needed. There's one spot where the switchback is still covered in snow, but cutting it seems to be the name of the game till it thaws. No need for microspikes, gaiters, or an ice axe unless you plan on going into the bowl between Oxford and Belford. The traverse has slightly more snow, but it's largely avoidable with a little rock-hopping, and good route finding. The peaks surrounding Oxford and Belford still appear to have quite a bit more snow than either of these. Weather-wise, once the sun is out you're fine; it's t-shirt and shorts weather when there's no wind. 
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2016-06-11  Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2016-06-11, By: LilSpookies
Info: Summited Belford and Oxford this morning. Practically summer conditions with some sparse snow near peaks which wasn't an issue until the snow made it slushy. You can use some old postholes to traverse snow spots. Lots of folks wearing tennis shoes and no poles and saw lots of people falling - wear boots and bring poles. These are very steeps climbs and you're going to want the support and traction coming down. Additionally, you may want to consider extra water as this is 11 miles if you do both Bel and Ox - I ran out of water halfway through the descent. Start early regardless of your speed and fitness level! This is a long trek!  
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2016-06-11  Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2016-06-11, By: madadraw1
Info: Summited Belford and Oxford this AM. Minimal snow, as reported by jenloe on 6/9/16. Essentially summer time conditions at Belford/Oxford now. Lots of people out on this hike today with great weather. Missouri Mountain looks to still have large swaths of snow over the route. 
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2016-06-09  Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2016-06-09, By: jenloe0624
Info: Was a great day doing both Belford and Oxford! The trail is 99% free of snow, as there are only maybe five patches you have to cross over to get to the summit. To give you an idea, I wore tennis shoes the entire way and my feet were fine. There is a tad bit more snow on the traverse but nothing unmangeable and it is easy to get around most of it. The trickiest part was the creek crossing before getting into Missouri Gukch. The creek is quite swollen but with trekking poles I made it across safe and dry. Feels like a mid-summer hike. Get out there this weekend and do it! 
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2016-06-05  Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2016-06-06, By: mountainbrian
Info: The trail was in good condition. We started the hike at around 7:00 a.m. At the stream crossing, the water was high but passable in both directions. We benefited from the aid of hiking poles for stability on the logs (no bridge). There were/are still patches of snow on the trail starting at treeline. The trail was clear of snow much of the way past the Missouri Gulch fork (the lower steps and switchbacks). Higher up, there were a few patches of snow on which we threw on our microspikes. From the top of the switchbacks (13,700' ish) there was nearly continuous snow until the final summit block. It was soft enough to not need microspikes, but not so soft as to posthole. We took our time with the hike and summited at around 12:30. We wore shells close to the summit due to some wind. By the end of the hike, it was quite warm and we ended with just poly t-shirts. Gaiters are still recommended. For the trip down the snow had softened enough that we didn't bother with microspikes. There is evidence of recent glassading but we didn't bother as it would have resulted in wet posteriors. 
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2016-06-05  Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2016-06-05, By: Nelson
Info: Virtually Summer Conditions! There are a few patches of snow so you may want microspikes in the early morning (I did). But most people were cruising up without them. Leave flotation, crampons and ax at home. Bring sunblock. I had intended to stay another night and climb Missouri in the morning. There is a ton of snow up there and it is really warm. Here you need the whole arsenal (crampons, ax, flotation and avy gear). 
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2016-05-28  Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2016-05-31, By: skik2000
Info: Didn't see any conditions updates over the past week so figured I'd chime in. We brought snowshoes but never used them and ended up stashing them at the trail split above treeline. I don't see any reason to bring them at all. There are a few longer patches but they are intermittent and it'd be more of a pain in the butt to take them on and off. Spikes were good on the ridge. You can mostly avoid the snow for the first 1/2 - 2/3 of the ridge but they definitely came in handy up higher. The snow was fairly deep in spots from the summit of Belford to the bottom of saddle on the way to Oxford. It wasn't as much of an issue heading to Ox but was fairly tiring on the way back. 
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