|Peak:||Mt. Oxford (14er)|
|Route:||From Mt. Belford|
|Date of Information:||05/04/2012|
Trail is mostly snow free or easily avoidable. I did not bring snow shoes or micro spikes and did not ever need them. The conditions are more like July than early May. There is one small snow field about 2/3 the way up to Oxford from Belford that was very soft at 1:00 pm and I post holed both legs up to mid waist. I have included a picture of it. Kind of shocking but I easily climbed out. Coming back through it I used my poles to find bottom and then supported myself better and did not get stuck. The climb back up Belford from Oxford is pretty strenuous after 5300' of vertical, save some energy for it. I started at 8:30 am and finished at 5:00 pm. Weather was perfect.
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