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2014-12-12  Northwest Ridge  A gorgeous day on Belford/Oxford. The lower trail is all packed snow, once you reach the gulch there‘s a mix of packed snow and dirt, the climb to Belford is the same with only a few icy spots near 13,000, the peak is dry. The descent to Oxford has a few snow areas but can be avoided and the saddle, climb and peak are completely dry. On the descent from Belford I chose the gully just north hoping to glissade down to the gulch, conditions are not ideal to say the least, I was able to do it for ~500-600 yards spread into several short runs, the rest was walking / postholing. Traction: Snowshoes - left them in the car Microspikes - could come in handy in a very few select places but I was too lazy to take them out leonel8a   2014-12-13 2     Edit Delete 
2014-11-08  Northwest Ridge  A beautiful day on Mt. Belford. The entire trail is covered in snow; but it‘s generally only a couple inches deep. Traction and gaiters made my hike more enjoyable; but they weren‘t mandatory. I saw someone summit in running shoes. Most of the snow was firm enough to prevent post-holing. The goats had done a good job of keeping the snow packed down. jladderud   2014-11-08 1     Edit Delete 
2014-10-11  Northwest Ridge  Trail above the treeline is covered with snow. I would recommend snowshoes. Traverse to Mt. Oxford also snow covered. markjameson   2014-10-11  0     Edit Delete 
2014-10-05  Northwest Ridge  A nice boot pack and almost continuous snow starting about 500 ft elevation from the Belford turnoff. We did not use any traction for the ascent to Belford, and the traverse to Oxford. Microspikes were very helpful coming down Belford to work our way downwards quickly - probably not essential, though. Given the freeze/thaw cycles, it‘s possible the boot pack may become icy in the next few days, in which case traction may become essential. It was windy and cold, but otherwise posed no problems at all. LoveThisSite   2014-10-06  0     Edit Delete 
2014-10-03  Northwest Ridge  I did the Belford-Oxford combo on 10/3. There‘s token snow in the trees below 12K, but as soon as you start ascending the steep ridge from 12K-13.9K, there‘s consistently 4-12" of snow on the trail. No postholing, but I strongly recommend gaiters and good traction (boots or microspikes both seemed to be working well). Some enthusiastic plunge-stepping had it pretty well plowed out by the end of 10/3, but it‘s still snowy. Didn‘t seem like it was going to melt fast up high. Also, the Oxford side of the traverse is fairly straightforward, but there‘s enough snow on the steep descent from Belford that poles or an axe might be a nice idea. robinbk   2014-10-04  0     Edit Delete 
2014-10-01  Northwest Ridge  From treeline onwards there are several inches of snow and ice on route, expect to lose the path a few times and just go up. It‘s never deep enough to require flotation, but most people would find traction and poles worth carrying. Same for path to Oxford. SoCool   2014-10-02  0  3    Edit Delete 
2014-09-16  Backside via Elkhead Pass  Snow free. Longer approach via Elkhead pass highly recommended. Pleasant trail, good footing. Descent by std route also snow free but considerably steeper. zinj   2014-09-17  0  1      
2014-09-13  Northwest Ridge  Summer conditions still exist. Fall colors are starting to change, next weekend should be better. msorensen87   2014-09-14 1     Edit Delete 
2014-08-31  Northwest Ridge  Very windy, light snow flurries on and off. The trail is in great condition and very easy to follow. Kiddo   2014-09-01  0     Edit Delete 
2014-07-06  Northwest Ridge  Left from the trailhead at 5:50am. The trail to Mt. Belford is in very good condition, all dry and no snow. Stream crossings over logs was easy if you have poles or some basic balance. But be careful not to miss the stream crossing (see photo 1 in the trail description), as there also continues a small trail on the right side of the stream! It‘s a steep climb to the summit, and the slower part of our group arrived only after 5 hours. The faster part continued to Mount Oxford, also without problems. Overall a strenuous hike without any technical difficulties and great views! mblanke   2014-07-07  0     Edit Delete 
2014-06-26  Elkhead Pass  Standard route is clear. Elkhead Pass (easier on old knees, especially downhill) has a few snowfields remaining that can be avoided with little problem cfb   2014-06-27  0  1    
2014-06-20  Northwest Ridge  Belford was beautiful today. There are two small snowfields with the summit in sight: probably less than 75 vertical feet from the top. You can go around them, through the trenches which are already established, or over the top (in the morning) as they were very solid at 9:00 AM. JTOlson26   2014-06-20 1     Edit Delete 
2014-06-15  Northwest Ridge  One section of the trail near treeline has a small snowbank easily sidestepped, other than that 100% clear until the last ridge. On the ridge, two minimal snow crossings, probably will disappear in a few days. The Moose   2014-06-15 2  1    Edit Delete 
2014-06-05  Northwest Ridge  Summer in Missouri Gulch!! Very little avoidable snow in the trees and then three or four patches low in the basin- the usual hard in the morning and slush fest in the afternoon type snow but if you can suck it up for about a dozen steps it‘s not bad! Once on the ridge it‘s dry with one or two avoidable patches. The flat area before the summit block has a large area of snow which is not a problem if you pick your line carefully- on descent I postholed one leg to my waist (ouch). Ridge to Oxford equally clear and delightful!! ctlee   2014-06-06  0  4    Edit Delete 
2014-05-31  Northwest Ridge  The route is completely dry until after the creek crossings. After this point there is one section of trail near tree line (old mining cabin) into the willows area in the basin that has snow( about .25 miles). You can avoid most of it by going above or below it, but I assume it will be melted out in a week or two. On the ridge itself and the traverse to Oxford you can easily avoid all snow. Leave the boots and snow shoes at home and enjoy the trail runners and shorts on this one! Andymcp1   2014-06-04  0     Edit Delete 
2014-05-24  Northwest Ridge  Image #1 NW gully Image #2 W face A group climbed and skied the NW gully on 5/24. The gully appeared narrow in spots, but coverage seemed good. jmc5040   2014-05-27 2  1    Edit Delete 
2014-04-22  Northwest Ridge  Hardpack snow begins at the river. The Dex trench is in after the stream crossing - you can thank me later. The snow has blown off the mountain. Traction devise, snow shoes, gaiters recommended. On the way down - even with the trench, expect postholing. Dex   2014-04-23  0  4    Edit Delete 
2014-03-22  Northwest Ridge  The road to Missouri Gulch TH isn‘t passable beyond about 4 miles from the TH. If you are daring, try, and get stuck, a fantastic towing company is Gunsmoke Towing from BV :-) Trail up to the stream crossing had been post-holed (thank you whoever man-handled that snow!) and my partner and I packed it down more with skis. Reached Missouri Gulch Basin, the area of avy danger, and turned back due to very poor snow conditions and a beacon out of batteries at 11,000‘. What a beautiful area. The skin up and ski down was a blast, although cut short. Definitely would recommend strapping on snow shoes or skis, the trail is packed now but the base is wonderfully deep. KymbreInDaWild   2014-03-25 1     Edit Delete 
2014-01-25  Northwest Ridge  Made it about half way the road to the trail head before getting stuck then spending the next 1.5hours trying to back down and getting stuck, the road right now is passible but just barley. Headed up the switch back with only a slight track going up it didnt look like anyone had been up there in while. I had my eye on skiing the gully along the ridge but the steep sections of the gully were horribly wind slabbed and made for scary/tricky skiing, plus the entire lower part of the gully had tons of rocks in it from the slopes above. I put a bunch of really good dings in my skies and wouldent advise trying to ski it or any of the trail back down until we get a good dumping of snow zak munro   2014-01-26  0     Edit Delete 
2014-01-05  Northwest Ridge  Despite the wind and low temps we decided to try on this date. The 390 road had quite a bit of snow and we were only able to make it within 2 miles from the TH similar to the previous post. The lower part of the trail was very passable with just boots. As we got closer to the creek crossing at the top of the switchbacks, the snow got deeper. Once on the other side of the creek snow shoes became essential. The trail was visible but barely. Once we got to the cabin, snow shoes didn‘t look to be essential because outside of the trees the snow was pretty wind blown. We decided to turn around there with the highs winds and subzero temps. We are planning to return soon with cross country skis for the road approach. wyojeremy   2014-01-10  0     Edit Delete 

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