Mount Belford: Northwest Ridge

Trip Details

Elevation: 14,197 Feet

Elevation Gain: 5,100 Feet

Distance: 9 Miles

Gear: Trekking poles

We continued our tradition of bringing a Happy Mother’s Day sign to the top of a mountain. The past few years we climbed Mount St. Helens but now that we live in Colorado we had a lot of options to choose from.

Our plan was to climb Mount Belford and Mount Oxford. We got an early start around 5:00 am since there was some chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. The weather was pretty mild at the trailhead and the snow was pretty soft. We were postholing on the way up and had a hard time finding the actual trail since there was still a lot of snow. Once above treeline, it was easier to navigate and we climbed up the ridge to the summit.

The summit was cold and extremely windy. My anemometer was measuring the gusts between 50 – 60 mph and the windchill near zero. We were all having a hard time standing up at times.

From the summit, we traversed toward Mount Oxford to look at the ridge. Most of the trail was visible along the ridge but there was one spot that had a lot of snow on it near the saddle. The postholing, high winds, and possible thunderstorms were enough for us to make the decision to save it for another day.

Overall, Mount Belford was a ton of fun. It felt harder than expected with the elevation gain and soft snow.




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