The last couple of miles back to the trailhead dragged. Columbia, turn R and leave trail; head E to begin ascent of Columbia's W slopes. I'll consider re-writing the text for clarification purposes. It hides its mass well. Soak at Mt. Whatever it is, its a nice little capstone on a fun, effortful hike to a great summit. Terrific views of a quintet of 14ers, the Horn Fork valley, Missouri Basin and the Pine … Massive. The last mile (or so) have lots of loose rocks but the grind to the top of the mountain is well worth it. Harvard. A weekday hike offers more solitude and a less crowded parking lot. Harvard. I have tried to consider this sentence several ways, but just cannot understand it: "Mt. For example, the Bring your earplugs. Not too far after the last intersection you hit the first boulder field. Please submit any useful information about climbing Mount Harvard that may be useful to other climbers. Four of the six headed off for the Columbia traverse. Serene landscape and I really enjoyed this trail. Children refers to the set of objects that logically fall under a given object. The most common hiking route is via the North Cottonwood Creek Trailhead, and round trip our hike was just under 14 miles. HAR012. Columbia and is one of the longer hikes among the Colorado 14ers. Didn’t stop two dogs from summiting (with some assist). Full day hike. Watch your route. Harvard only 1 of 3 peaks that extend over 14,400' within Colorado. Beautiful views from the top! the trail is nice and well marked and the top section is pretty tough with some rock scrambling. Start bouldering just to the right of that line and the solution is a zig zag up. including 14,433’ Mt. The guidebook says the trail is great for dogs until the summit cap. Either way, Mount Harvard offers something for everyone. Elbert, the tallest mountain in Colorado. It’s long hike. It is also the fourth highest peak within the lower 48. Hike another 2+ miles to tree line at 11,500' where Harvard can be seen ahead - 5. It appears that CV has driven everyone outside. Camping is permitted on the trails approaching Mt. Aconcagua mountain itself has many routes, photos, and trip reports as children. Please note: There is a boulder wall close to the summit that is NOT dog-friendly. It is a work of art. Super easy to follow trail that starts out gradual and is Class 1 pretty much all the way up to 14,000 feet. "After hiking up Mt. Loved this trail. Harvard. Just shy of the summit, had to perform a fun maneuver where I leaned into a couple huge tilted boulders with minimal footholds to reach a more stable place to scramble up. Harvard is the third highest peak in Colorado and only one of the three that rise above 14,400 feet". Aconcagua mountain page is a child of the 'Aconcagua Group' and the 'Seven Summits.' Dogs are also able to use this trail. Mount Harvard stands tall and fortress like on the south slope of historic Mount Wilson in the San Gabriel Mountains of Southern California. Early on, I deliberately tried to take my time and absorb the endless natural beauty here. Not for me – I plan on doing that from Frenchmen’s Creek. Princeton Hot Springs Resort after hiking these 14,000′ peaks of the Rocky Mountains. Harvard. Sometime during the 1960s a trio of Harvard men, in a sophomoric Ivy League attempt to bolster the status of their alma mater's mountain, erected a flagpole with a high point of 14,434 ft - making the top of Mt. If ya wanna do the traverse, ya need to be summiting Harvard by 7am. Mount Harvard is a Colorado 14er and also the fourth highest mountain in the contiguous United States. Columbia (14, 073 feet). Started at Cottonwood TH at 7:30 am. As of 10/31, any 2WD vehicle can access the trailhead. Per USFS , these include;Party size limit is 15 Dogs must be on a leash Camp at least 100 feet from water Organized groups must contact the Forest Service. MY HIKING buddies and I pack up our tents and make our way towards the trailhead of Mt. ... From here, it's a fun class 2+ scramble to the summit of Mt. Harvard is the third highest peak in Colorado and only one of three 14ers within Colorado that rises above 14,400 feet. Hit the trail at 4:15. 4WD vehicles may take the left fork and head south for another 2.2. miles to Collegiate Peaks Wilderness boundary at 10,800'.Harvard Lakes TH Follow the direction for the North Cottonwood TH. The trail is not named, "Mount Harvard Summit Trail". The prominent 14,421-foot (4395.6 m) fourteener is the highest summit of the Collegiate Peaks and the fourth highest summit in the contiguous United States. Limited snow left on the trail as of 9/20. Awesome trail! The little bouldering problem at the summit is a fun end to the climb up. Started off with a plan to summit Mt Columbia but no signs posted anywhere (beware, even at the Trailhead) and I missed my turn at a fork in the trail about 4 miles in. Generally, Mount Harvard … Started at 6am, hit summit in 3hrs. It is a solid trail all the way to the summit. Columbia first.Three Elk Creek TH See the North Cottonwood TH directions. (228), Comments Massive (14,421) and Mt. There are 15 14,000 foot peaks in the area. Harvard and on the mountain itself. Fairly gradual incline then slowly and surely gets steeper the closer to the top. At any rate, what the main text is saying is that there are only 3 peaks in Colorado that are over 14,400'. From Mount Columbia, descend the West Slopes route back to the Horn Fork Basin trail. If you lose the trail, just look around, the correct trail is obvious. Be prepared, it is not a slam dunk. No snow as of yesterday 10/19. For current mountain conditions contact the Pike & San Isabel National Forest, Leadville Ranger District office, 2015 North Poplar, Leadville, CO 80461, (719)486-0749. The trail is beautiful through the Horn Fork Basin, and it is a straightforward and mellow hike up to the junction with the path to Bear Lake, which is not signed but is pretty obvious. Beautiful views! Whitney (14,505) in CA being the highest within the lower 48. Of all the summits I’ve been on in CO, this one has the most challenging signage (or lack thereof). The trail itself is covered in snow for 90% of the hike but it is not deep enough for snowshoes and micro spikes are similarly not needed. If done correctly, it never exceeds a Class 2. Harvard (14,420 ft) and Mt. We rested for a … Harvard. Caution should be taken in the spring. Look ahead for views into grassy Horn Fork Basin, as you leave forest behind. Drive 0.4 miles north on US 24 to the junction of Chaffee County 350 and turn left (west). The post are a labor of love and I appreciate your work, and the Summit Post organization for maintaining the service. Started at 7a got down about 330p. Trail was clearly marked. In addition, it is only 1 of 4 within the lower 48 that extend above 14,400', with Mt. The challenge is, at first glance, Mt. Harvard. No permits or fees are required to climb Mt. Harvard is situated 11 miles northwest of Buena Vista and is not easily visible from roads or highways. The last half - full mile is awful as route finding is a real issue, but the payoff is worth the struggle! Located 46 miles northeast of Gunnison Colorado. Lost the path a few times at the very top, but it was rocky enough above the tree line that the path didn't help that much anyway. Columbia first. The North Cottonwood Trail approaches Mount Harvard from the south and requires handholds with some exposure near the summit. Due to lack of time, I did not traverse to Columbia, which honestly felt like the cool thing to do. September, 2003: Harvard and Columbia seen from the summit of Missouri Mountain. Holy Cross Ridge (UN13,831,UN13,768 & UN13,248), UN13,823 "Lackawanna Peak" and UN 13,660B. Scramble down and head back. There are many dispersed camp spots in this area. Excellent sandwiches. Leave No Trace practice is mandatory.Remember, you are within the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness. Be the first to submit your climbing note! I have never seen a trailhead so crowded with cars. Went on Tuesday 09/15, there was still some snow and ice which made the rock a bit harder. The long traverse between Harvard and Columbia is a goal of many a 14er ridge walker and would make for a huge day well above 13,000′. Mt Harvard via Frenchman Creek is a 6.9 mile one way hike with 4,571 feet accumulated elevation gain. I am pretty amused by the idea of reviewing a mountain. Parents refers to a larger category under which an object falls. The mountain itself is massive–although perhaps not quite as massive as Mt. After this bridge, you'll reach a trail junction. Horn Fork Basin is notorious for it's dangerous snowbridges from treeline at 11,600 feet to Bear Lake. Mount Harvard is the third highest summit of the Rocky Mountains of North America and the U.S. state of Colorado. Observe all regulations. The summit is a small bundle of slabs, big enough for six or seven people w no exposure. Go left, to Bear Lake. At 3.0 miles turn sharply south (left) onto Chaffee County 365, which turns west and enters San Isabel National Forest at 5.4 miles. We turn our headlamps on and begin our journey to the 14,423’ summit of Mt. This is a fairly easy but very long 14er climb to the second… The trail begins at the end of the parking lot. Full day hike. To climb Mt. Take lots of water or a filter (a lot of sources). After that it gets steeper and rockier but its still a clear trail and not especially difficult (yet). Last mile (of 7 total each way) was a real challenge. Frenchman Creek Trail approaches from … Thanks for the post. Photo by Lon Abbott. I did the traverse from Harvard to Colombia. My 7.5 year old pit bull dog (#VoteYeson2J) and I started at 8am and were back to the car at 3:30pm (with standard breaks and lunch at the summit). Mount Harvard, a 14er in the Sawatch Range that's northwest of Buena Vista, Colorado, is a great mountain. There must have been 150+ cars at the TH. Yale), you have gone .1 miles too far. Fields of wildflowers and panoramic views of the Collegiate Peaks towering over the Arkansas Valley make every step of this straightforward fourteener a rewarding journey. Wilson and enjoying the day up there, My girlfriend and I Made our way back down but not before I made my way up to Mt. And beautiful. Great day with big time views. Mount Harvard Climbing Notes. Mt Harvard Summit Markers to commemorate your hike! Mt. The trail levels out for a moment and resumes climbing steeply on talus and rocks right up to the base of the summit block. Harvard, continue straight on trail. Mt. Harvard. 2020 SummittersSP member "Who is going to be the first name here for 2020?". “ The final stretch of trail from Horn Fork Basin to Mt. July and Augus In addition, Harvard is the Chaffee County high point. This trail travels west into the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness and is an easy access for Kroenke Lake and the Horn Fork Basin below Mt. A few blue ponds in the upper valley visible only from above and even a narrow but long water fall away from the main trail. Harvard: Winter Summit Ski Descent. (25), Additions & Corrections There's a nice flat section around 13,000', and after that the real work starts. good conditions otherwise! Got to the trailhead at 6 a.m. with a small handful of parking spots available near the trailhead. Harvard to reach summit #39 of … Oddly, didn’t encounter that many people on the hike. Our hike of Mt. some camp towards the bottom and summit the next day. Instead, from the west side of the trailhead parking area, locate the only trail and hike it west out of the parking lot. Harvard the highest in the state. On my way back down, I realized I had gone off trail shortly before the summit. I wasn’t paying attention and almost missed this turn. Antero. Most of it is just walking a pretty obvious and easy trail, and towards the summit you have a little bit of scrambling. Yale. Contiguous 14ers with 2,000 ft. of Prominence, Routes (188), Climber's Log Entries Some choose to do the combination in one long day. Mount Harvard Trail is a 14.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Buena Vista, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as difficult. Pass the Harvard Lakes Trailhead at 6.6 miles and continue to the North Cottonwood Trailhead at the end of the road at 8.2 miles and 9,880 feet.Frenchman Creek TH Follow U.S. 24 7.5 miles north of Buena Vista and turn west onto Chaffee County 386. That's an OK hike. Who did this? If you go to the left you’ll hit Bear Lake pretty quickly and not go too far out of the way. No clue how, but definitely made it a little more difficult. Route is obvious, and that's a class 2. Hello, Please click here for more information about climbing Mt. Named in 1869 by members of the first Harvard Mining School class while on expedition with professor Josiah Dwight Whitney, the namesake of Mount Whitney. Please note: There is a boulder wall close to the summit that is NOT dog-friendly. We’ve chosen the south slopes, and with the desire to see the sunrise from above the treeline, we make sure to start the 14-mile round trip hike before 4 AM. At end of road there is parking, and Restrooms. The last mile was a pretty brutal push. A short climb leads to Bear Lake (12,374-ft.), a starkly beautiful alpine jewel nestled in a rocky bowl beneath the valley’s rugged west ridge. Mt. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. Harvard. View Mount Harvard Image Gallery - 188 Images. After crossing Trout Creek Pass, they named the highest summit in sight for the expedition's sponsor: Harvard University. Only saw 3 other people from 5:30am-2:30pm. The two songs in this video are original songs written and performed by my daughter Evelyn Curtis. there is also a turn off to go to columbia lower down. the first 5 miles going up are a breeze. This hike features incredible backpacking, stunning views, and a difficult day or overnight track. Add your hero shot here, Harvard & Columbia in Winter: Jekyll & Hyde, Harvard and Columbia Winter Ascents and Ski Descents - 2011, Mount Harvard Sunrise, Traverse to Columbia, A Fine Day on Mt. Saw about 8 people the entire day. The ridge between the two is 2.2 miles and requires substantial elevation gain and loss. Mount Harvard Trail, Buena Vista, Colorado 81211, United States Take a right. Mt. Harvard is the third tallest point in Colorado behind only Mt. Harvard. Remember, Harvard Lakes TH sends you over Mt. Start your hike at the North Cottonwood Creek Trailhead. Shortly after that crossing, you'll reach a trail junction - 4. HAR011. Winter ascents are possible, however current snow conditions dictate how long the approach to North Cottonwood trailhead is and are usually multi-day outings. Stay right for Horn Fork Basin and Bear Lake. Honestly, it was a delightful hike, and the final summit push was somewhat exhilarating. Harvard in complete darkness. July, 2005: Harvard (left) and Columbia seen from Mt. I clocked it at exactly 14 miles RT. Most of the elevation is the last mile or so to the summit. Otherwise, great views (one of the more interesting Sawatch 14ers in my opinion) and a fun but tiring day. parking lot at the trailhead. This route will also carry you over Mt. Great, well marked trail until a few spots above tree line. Finish was very very long walk once you get to tree line. First person on top which was a cool experience to be solo for a few. Camped near tree line in upper Horn Fork Basin and did this one the day after Columbia. Harvard was named in 1869 when Harvard geology professor Josiah Whitney led a surveying expedition into... Getting There. North Cottonwood TH To access the standard route and the North Cottonwood trailhead begin measuring from the junction of US 24 and Chaffee County 306 in the center of Buena Vista. Arrived TH around 7 pm. Elbert (14,433), Mt. Locate the trail, walk down to a bridge crossing and follow the excellent trail for 1.4 miles to another bridge - 3. :), The Colorado Trail: North Cottonwood Creek to Chalk Creek Trailhead, Mount Harvard via Frenchman Creek Trail 1457, Mount Yale via Colorado and Mount Yale East Trail, Harvard Lakes via Colorado Trail Segment 21, Horn Fork Basin, Mount Harvard, Mount Colombia Loop, Harvard Lakes, Mount Columbia, Mount Harvard, Poplar Gulch, Tincup Pass, and Timberline OHV Trail. There is a kiosk sign, so you can't miss it. Mt. awesome but long! Others seek a high camp in Horn Fork Basin and choose a multi-day outing. The first intersection has a sign pointing to Brown’s Pass to the left and Bear Lake to the right. Climbing off the peak down from the summit also a bit of a challenge. Tips Mount Yale is a popular hike, and the Denny Creek trailhead quickly fills up on summer weekends. We summited this peak on August 6. Thanks! The trail's length and elevation gain of 4,500 feet keep the casual hiking crowds away. Drove up to Cottonwood Creek TH after grabbing some hot coffee and a boxed dinner at Brown Dog Coffee Company in Buena Vista. I suggest reading the route on 14ers.com to know what to expect, but the route is obvious without prep. One downfall was losing my phone somewhere at the bottom of the parking lot. Beautiful views of the valley and great level of difficulty. Click here for complete information on campgrounds in the Leadville Ranger District. If you see the Silver Lakes TH (for Mt. West out of Buena Vista to North Cottonwood Road, then follow this road to its end, to a The last 1/2 mile is steep, as is the case on most 14ers. Mt. Distance – 12.8 miles round trip (20.60 km) Consider things such as access and accommodation at the base of Mount Harvard, as … Harvard was named in 1869 when Harvard geology professor Josiah Whitney led a surveying expedition into Colorado to investigate rumors of soaring 17,000-foot peaks deep in the Rockies. We wanted to do the loop to Columbia but didn’t summit Harvard until 12 and storm clouds were rolling in. Generally, Mount Harvard is climbed during the summer months of June through September. Mount Harvard is a 14,421 ft peak in the U.S. state of Colorado. Good hiking boots will work fine. Introduction. Adventure; Hike We Like: Mt. At end of road there is parking, and Restrooms. Trail was not busy on a Monday. Mt. The scramble for the last 30’ to summit adds the last bit of excitement of an overall great hike. As others have said, there’s no way I’d attempt the traverse to Columbia unless you’re summiting Harvard by 7-8A. 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