... From here, it's a fun class 2+ scramble to the summit of Mt. In addition, Harvard is the Chaffee County high point. Dogs are also able to use this trail. Whatever it is, its a nice little capstone on a fun, effortful hike to a great summit. After this bridge, you'll reach a trail junction. As afternoon thunderstorms are common during the summer, many hikers leave the trailhead at 6 a.m. to leave the summit before noon. Please submit any useful information about climbing Mount Harvard that may be useful to other climbers. It is a work of art. Not too far after the last intersection you hit the first boulder field. This route will also carry you over Mt. Mount Harvard Estates. awesome views. The mountain itself is massive–although perhaps not quite as massive as Mt. Yale), you have gone .1 miles too far. The last mile (or so) have lots of loose rocks but the grind to the top of the mountain is well worth it. No clue how, but definitely made it a little more difficult. Only saw 3 other people from 5:30am-2:30pm. Excellent sandwiches. Use the new trail when it’s available, then let the old trail heal itself. Take a right. So obviously that makes Mt. Awesome hike! Tips Mount Yale is a popular hike, and the Denny Creek trailhead quickly fills up on summer weekends. Good hiking boots will work fine. Mount Harvard is the third highest summit of the Rocky Mountains of North America and the U.S. state of Colorado. Horn Fork Basin is notorious for it's dangerous snowbridges from treeline at 11,600 feet to Bear Lake. Massive and Mt. Mount Harvard Overview. Harvard. Mount Harvard, a 14er in the Sawatch Range that's northwest of Buena Vista, Colorado, is a great mountain. One downfall was losing my phone somewhere at the bottom of the parking lot. We rested for a … Be prepared, it is not a slam dunk. Instead, from the west side of the trailhead parking area, locate the only trail and hike it west out of the parking lot. The peak is small and stony but spectacular! The North Cottonwood trail travels west for 4.3 miles to Kroenke Lake. Columbia”, “Mt. Elbert (14,433), Mt. Hiking info for Mount Harvard and Mount Columbia Loop, located in San Isabel National Forest, Colorado. 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. There are many dispersed camp spots in this area. Elbert. As of 10/31, any 2WD vehicle can access the trailhead. Scramble down and head back. Thanks for the post. Harvard. It is a solid trail all the way to the summit. The summit block features about 50' of class 2+ scrambling on solid rock and boulders - calling it 2+ because its not really class 3 but you definitely need to use your hands to climb up the boulder pile. Harvard (14,420'). We turn our headlamps on and begin our journey to the 14,423’ summit of Mt. I'll consider re-writing the text for clarification purposes. Four of the six headed off for the Columbia traverse. You'll cross a bridge and meander along the creek, eventually reaching another bridge crossing at about 1.5 miles. Harvard, Colorado's third-highest peak, seen from the slopes of neighboring Mt Columbia. Harvard: Winter Summit Ski Descent. There is a kiosk sign, so you can't miss it. This route features scenic views of three 14ers, good fishing at Bear Lake, trails above timberline, and rock scrambling at the top of Mt. There are 15 14,000 foot peaks in the area. It’s long hike. The first intersection has a sign pointing to Brown’s Pass to the left and Bear Lake to the right. Massive (14,421) and Mt. Awesome trail! If done correctly, it never exceeds a Class 2. Harvard's prize is reserved only for us that bother to hike into one of the dramatic basins that line its base. Turn west onto FS 386 and go another 1.4 miles to the TH at 9.300'. We were happy to have a group ahead of us show us the way. The trail up this peak is currently devastatingly terrible, but trail work is being done to create a new, sustainable trail. 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). Definitely tough in the snow, but the incredible views are worth it. The two songs in this video are original songs written and performed by my daughter Evelyn Curtis. The challenge is taking the correct turns. Mount Columbia to Mount Harvard. Locate the trail, walk down to a bridge crossing and follow the excellent trail for 1.4 miles to another bridge - 3. there is also a turn off to go to columbia lower down. The scramble for the last 30’ to summit adds the last bit of excitement of an overall great hike. The trail remains strong all the way to the summit cap. Look ahead for views into grassy Horn Fork Basin, as you leave forest behind. Harvard and on the mountain itself. Turn west on FS 368 and go .8 miles until you reach the TH at 9,260'. Drive 2.1 miles to a T and turn right (north) onto Chaffee County 361. Beautiful views from the top! 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′. awesome but long! Harvard is the third highest peak in the state. Loved this trail. Photo by Lon Abbott. Very long walk and gradual ascent until reaching the first scree field at about 12,500 feet, 5+ miles into hike. At the head of the valley the trail crests a high bench and curves to the west, passing the trail climbing to Mt. Mt Harvard and Mt Columbia are a pair of 14ers located just outside of Buena Vista, Colorado. Harvard to reach summit #39 of … Mt. At end of road there is parking, and Restrooms. Harvard is the third highest peak in Colorado and only one of three 14ers within Colorado that rises above 14,400 feet. Shortly after that crossing, you'll reach a trail junction - 4. Limited snow left on the trail as of 9/20. Generally, Mount Harvard is climbed during the summer months of June through September. Mt. Up at 3 for a long day. (4), Images The trail drops down and crosses the creek over a well built bridge, and then proceeds up … There is an amazing forested area and fantastic views above treeline. Mt. Intersection-wise – right, then left, then right. I only mention this because the trail made through this boulder field is impressive! From Mount Columbia, descend the West Slopes route back to the Horn Fork Basin trail. 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. Mick’s Tip: If you plan on hiking both Mt Harvard & Mt Columbia, I have a lot of tips for you: On the traverse, follow the trail as best as you can. Harvard. It is also the fourth highest peak within the lower 48. “ The final stretch of trail from Horn Fork Basin to Mt. Mount Harvard ranks third highest in Colorado and fourth in the Lower 48. We summited this peak on August 6. For current mountain conditions contact the Pike & San Isabel National Forest, Leadville Ranger District office, 2015 North Poplar, Leadville, CO 80461, (719)486-0749. Please note: There is a boulder wall close to the summit that is NOT dog-friendly. 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. Please note: There is a boulder wall close to the summit that is NOT dog-friendly. As others have said, there’s no way I’d attempt the traverse to Columbia unless you’re summiting Harvard by 7-8A. Mt. Drive 0.4 miles north on US 24 to the junction of Chaffee County 350 and turn left (west). To summit Mt. From the turn at the T intersection onto Chaffee County 361, start to measure. It’s a green iPhone, if found please call 763-516-8441. If it is the 3rd highest peak, it cannot also be only one of the three that rise above 14,400 feet. Trail was not busy on a Monday. Yale. The little bouldering problem at the summit is a fun end to the climb up. Location: 38.9008827, -106.312645. Harvard is often climbed in combination with its neighbor, Mount Columbia. It appears that CV has driven everyone outside. This is a very long day. 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. Harvard. Great day with big time views. This trail travels west into the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness and is an easy access for Kroenke Lake and the Horn Fork Basin below Mt. Went on Tuesday 09/15, there was still some snow and ice which made the rock a bit harder. You will find the Harvard lakes TH 1.6 miles before the North Cottonwood TH at 9,420'. the trail is nice and well marked and the top section is pretty tough with some rock scrambling. Beautiful views of the valley and great level of difficulty. 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.' First person on top which was a cool experience to be solo for a few. Hike another 2+ miles to tree line at 11,500' where Harvard can be seen ahead - 5. Stay right for Horn Fork Basin and Bear Lake. MY HIKING buddies and I pack up our tents and make our way towards the trailhead of Mt. Either way, Mount Harvard offers something for everyone. At 3.8 from the intersection, turn west onto Chaffee County 368 and go 1.2 miles to Chaffee County 368A. Massive. Mount Harvard is a 14,421 ft peak in the U.S. state of Colorado. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. Climbing off the peak down from the summit also a bit of a challenge. Introduction. Most of the elevation is the last mile or so to the summit. Camping at 11,500 ft would have been ideal choice. (2 ), Climbing Harvard and Colombia 15-sep-2005, Congratulations to recent summiters. No snow as of yesterday 10/19. The hike to Kroenke Lake is especially beautiful during July when the wildflowers are in full bloom. This hike, from the trailhead, is long. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. This is a 15.9 mile loop hike with 6400 cumulative feet of elevation gain that takes about 8-11 hours to complete. Mt. Mt. Columbia, turn R and leave trail; head E to begin ascent of Columbia's W slopes. Columbia (14, 073 feet). Due to lack of time, I did not traverse to Columbia, which honestly felt like the cool thing to do. 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. The ridge between the two is 2.2 miles and requires substantial elevation gain and loss. This time of year the water crossings are easy. July, 2005: Harvard (left) and Columbia seen from Mt. Turn around and go home, or continue backwards along the traverse to complete the featured hike: Harvard and Columbia in reverse. Trail was clearly marked. The post are a labor of love and I appreciate your work, and the Summit Post organization for maintaining the service. I clocked it at exactly 14 miles RT. "After hiking up Mt. 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. Be the first to submit your climbing note! © 2006-2020 SummitPost.org. Full day hike. 1 review of Mount Harvard "I'm writing a review of a mountain again. 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. July and Augus Drove up to Cottonwood Creek TH after grabbing some hot coffee and a boxed dinner at Brown Dog Coffee Company in Buena Vista. A weekday hike offers more solitude and a less crowded parking lot. Otherwise, great views (one of the more interesting Sawatch 14ers in my opinion) and a fun but tiring day. 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. parking lot at the trailhead. Super easy to follow trail that starts out gradual and is Class 1 pretty much all the way up to 14,000 feet. Dogs are also able to use this trail. 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. Trail was well marked. Beautiful views! Not for me – I plan on doing that from Frenchmen’s Creek. But it is also a bashful mountain not visible from roads or towns. Go left, to Bear Lake. The most common hiking route is via the North Cottonwood Creek Trailhead, and round trip our hike was just under 14 miles. And the traffic. Remember, Harvard Lakes TH sends you over Mt. Finish was very very long walk once you get to tree line. The trail's length and elevation gain of 4,500 feet keep the casual hiking crowds away. Didn't see anyone else. Whitney (14,505) in CA being the highest within the lower 48. I am pretty amused by the idea of reviewing a mountain. 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. some camp towards the bottom and summit the next day. Overview. Winter ascents are possible, however current snow conditions dictate how long the approach to North Cottonwood trailhead is and are usually multi-day outings. Located 46 miles northeast of Gunnison Colorado. Columbia first. Mt Harvard via Frenchman Creek is a 6.9 mile one way hike with 4,571 feet accumulated elevation gain. including 14,433’ Mt. Harvard. Adventure; Hike We Like: Mt. Six others joined me after I summited on this beautiful day. Caution should be taken in the spring. Hello, On my way back down, I realized I had gone off trail shortly before the summit. Parents refers to a larger category under which an object falls. Camped near tree line in upper Horn Fork Basin and did this one the day after Columbia. Harvard. HAR012. There's a nice flat section around 13,000', and after that the real work starts. For example, theAconcagua mountain page has the 'Aconcagua Group' and the 'Seven Summits' asparents and is a parent itself to many routes, photos, and Trip Reports. Go to the right. Higher than Mount Rainier, 14,420-foot Mount Harvard, along with its neighbor 14,078-foot Mount Columbia, form a giant massif hidden deep within the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness. Hike. And their scones… !! The summit is a small bundle of slabs, big enough for six or seven people w no exposure. This hike features incredible backpacking, stunning views, and a difficult day or overnight track. That's an OK hike. I'm not the original author of this page as I adopted it way back in 2005 or so. We are located in San Isabel National Forest, within 2.8 miles of the Colorado Trail and trail heads to Mount Princeton and Mt. Soak at Mt. At 2.4 miles the road becomes dirt and angles NW. Though they escaped electrocution, their efforts were nullified in the 1980s, when the pole was taken down by … good conditions otherwise! 16 miles roundtrip. When To Climb. The natural line leads you up to a massive drop-off. the first 5 miles going up are a breeze. After crossing Trout Creek Pass, they named the highest summit in sight for the expedition's sponsor: Harvard University. 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. Harvard (in the middle) could go with either arrow. It is often combined with the neighboring Mount Columbia. If you go to the left you’ll hit Bear Lake pretty quickly and not go too far out of the way. The trail begins at the end of the parking lot. Columbia and is one of the longer hikes among the Colorado 14ers. Harvard”, and “Bear Lake” on it and two arrows. The last mile was a pretty brutal push. Harvard is tucked away behind Mt. Elbert, the tallest mountain in Colorado. Harvard, continue straight on trail. Enjoying the 2nd time through all the 14ers! Started at 11 am and finished at 5 pm. A little under 4 hours up and 2:30 down. Take lots of water or a filter (a lot of sources). The last couple of miles back to the trailhead dragged. Mt. 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. Hopefully this clears that up for you. Harvard in complete darkness. Early on, I deliberately tried to take my time and absorb the endless natural beauty here. Mt Harvard- an early morning hike to the summit to begin my marathon. After that it gets steeper and rockier but its still a clear trail and not especially difficult (yet). All Rights Reserved. Didn’t stop two dogs from summiting (with some assist). Observe all regulations. The North Cottonwood Trail approaches Mount Harvard from the south and requires handholds with some exposure near the summit. Last mile (of 7 total each way) was a real challenge. The trail levels out for a moment and resumes climbing steeply on talus and rocks right up to the base of the summit block. If you see the Silver Lakes TH (for Mt. 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. 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. Harvard (14,420 ft) and Mt. Children refers to the set of objects that logically fall under a given object. Camping is permitted on the trails approaching Mt. The guidebook says the trail is great for dogs until the summit cap. Mount Harvard stands tall and fortress like on the south slope of historic Mount Wilson in the San Gabriel Mountains of Southern California. Mount Harvard is a 14,429 foot peak in the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness of Colorado. Of all the summits I’ve been on in CO, this one has the most challenging signage (or lack thereof). 10/2020. Mount Harvard Trail, Buena Vista, Colorado 81211, United States Hit the trail at 4:15. Please click here for more information about climbing Mt. Trail followed a river of melt water much of the way and it was crystal clear, raging, and beautiful. Start bouldering just to the right of that line and the solution is a zig zag up. If ya wanna do the traverse, ya need to be summiting Harvard by 7am. To climb Mt. 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. Full day hike. The trail was not busy at all. As posted, it was LONG - 8 hours and just shy of 14 miles from the 4WD parking area. Mt. Aconcagua mountain itself has many routes, photos, and trip reports as children. I have tried to consider this sentence several ways, but just cannot understand it: "Mt. (188), Climber's Log Entries There must have been 150+ cars at the TH. Got to the trailhead at 6 a.m. with a small handful of parking spots available near the trailhead. In addition, it is only 1 of 4 within the lower 48 that extend above 14,400', with Mt. Started at 7a got down about 330p. Views of the snow covered mountains were spectacular, Harvard was tougher than I anticipated (and I generally take reviews on here with a grain of salt). Gradual and slow increase in elevation. Bring your earplugs. Harvard the highest in the state. Harvard took about 3 hours from camp (we summited shortly before 10am) - not bad for 3.6 miles and 3200 feet of elevation gain. 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. The last 1/2 mile is steep, as is the case on most 14ers. Harvard. September, 2003: Harvard and Columbia seen from the summit of Missouri Mountain. Our hike of Mt. Some choose to do the combination in one long day. Mount Harvard has been a local hiking favorite for over a hundred years. 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. The founder for the Hundred Peaks Section of the Angeles Chapter of the Sierra Club first hiked this summit in March of 1924 which was the start of his hundred peaks quest. Tossed up a tent and enjoyed the cool breeze and evening air. The challenge is, at first glance, Mt. View Mount Harvard Image Gallery - 188 Images. Mt. (25), Additions & Corrections Leave No Trace practice is mandatory.Remember, you are within the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness. :), 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. May, 2006: Harvard seen during a hike on Columbia. 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. Princeton Hot Springs Resort after hiking these 14,000′ peaks of the Rocky Mountains. Thanks! Location: 38.8934898, -106.3112411. Click here for complete information on campgrounds in the Leadville Ranger District. 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