Peak:  Mt. Oxford (14er)
 Route:  From Mt. Belford
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  KentonB
 Date of Information:  05/01/2012
 Date Posted:  05/02/2012

From Trailhead to treeline: Dry ground the first half of the trail. The second half was crusty/consolidated snow in the morning, but slushy (still consolidated) snow in the afternoon. Postholed once or twice. Microspikes would have been somewhat valuable, but I didn‘t waste the time putting them on and off even though I had them in my pack (i.e., not necessary).

From Treeline to Belford: Mostly wind-blown and snow free! Only a couple patches of snow to cross.

From Belford to Oxford: Almost no snow at all that wasn‘t easily avoidable. I do recall one patch a short ways from the Belford summit that had to be crossed in order to stay on the trail, but that was about it!

Questions? Feel free to ask!

Photos (click for slideshow):
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  • Comments or Questions

Looking around from B&O     05/03/2012 01:33
How did Harvard and Columbia look from B&O?


Harvard/Columbia     05/03/2012 08:03
A little hard to tell the conditions on Harvard & Columbia as I was on the opposite side from the main trail. The north face of Harvard had a bit more snow than Belford/Oxford, and I really couldn't make out Columbia (or the ridge traverse between the two) very well from my vantage point. I'm including a picture taken from the Belford/Oxford saddle...


Thanks for the beta     05/03/2012 20:55
I appreciate the response and the photo.

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