Awesome hike! The challenge is, at first glance, Mt. The North Cottonwood Trail approaches Mount Harvard from the south and requires handholds with some exposure near the summit. As of 10/31, any 2WD vehicle can access the trailhead. The trail becomes very steep, with occasional stone steps and short sections of loose footing and braided trail, eventually topping out on a spectacularly scenic ridgeline at 13,700'. Harvard's prize is reserved only for us that bother to hike into one of the dramatic basins that line its base. Whitney (14,505) in CA being the highest within the lower 48. The descriptions on this site are spot on. Otherwise, great views (one of the more interesting Sawatch 14ers in my opinion) and a fun but tiring day. For example, the Last mile (of 7 total each way) was a real challenge. Observe all regulations. Started at 7a got down about 330p. I did the traverse from Harvard to Colombia. Mount Harvard is the third highest summit of the Rocky Mountains of North America and the U.S. state of Colorado. (25), Additions & Corrections Hike another 2+ miles to tree line at 11,500' where Harvard can be seen ahead - 5. First person on top which was a cool experience to be solo for a few. Hiking info for Mount Harvard and Mount Columbia Loop, located in San Isabel National Forest, Colorado. At end of road there is parking, and Restrooms. Trail was clearly marked. Mt. Mount Harvard is a 14,429 foot peak in the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness of Colorado. Bring your earplugs. Loved this trail. Look ahead for views into grassy Horn Fork Basin, as you leave forest behind. Yale. This is a fairly easy but very long 14er climb to the second… Finish was very very long walk once you get to tree line. No snow as of yesterday 10/19. 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. Harvard. This is a very long day. The trail up this peak is currently devastatingly terrible, but trail work is being done to create a new, sustainable trail. View Mount Harvard Image Gallery - 188 Images. Harvard, Colorado's third-highest peak, seen from the slopes of neighboring Mt Columbia. The last mile (or so) have lots of loose rocks but the grind to the top of the mountain is well worth it. Mt. Horn Fork Basin is notorious for it's dangerous snowbridges from treeline at 11,600 feet to Bear Lake. 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. Hello, Stay right for Horn Fork Basin and Bear Lake. If you see the Silver Lakes TH (for Mt. Holy Cross Ridge (UN13,831,UN13,768 & UN13,248), UN13,823 "Lackawanna Peak" and UN 13,660B. The last couple of miles back to the trailhead dragged. Harvard only 1 of 3 peaks that extend over 14,400' within Colorado. Harvard is often climbed in combination with its neighbor, Mount Columbia. Gradual and slow increase in elevation. Due to lack of time, I did not traverse to Columbia, which honestly felt like the cool thing to do. Though they escaped electrocution, their efforts were nullified in the 1980s, when the pole was taken down by … This is a 15.9 mile loop hike with 6400 cumulative feet of elevation gain that takes about 8-11 hours to complete. Trail is easy to follow, but don’t underestimate just because it’s rated as class 2. This trail travels west into the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness and is an easy access for Kroenke Lake and the Horn Fork Basin below Mt. Go to the right. Harvard was named in 1869 when Harvard geology professor Josiah Whitney led a surveying expedition into... Getting There. good conditions otherwise! 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 most common hiking route is via the North Cottonwood Creek Trailhead, and round trip our hike was just under 14 miles. Elbert (14,433), Mt. Harvard to reach summit #39 of … Started at 6am, hit summit in 3hrs. Harvard the highest in the state. 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. The trail remains strong all the way to the summit cap. We were happy to have a group ahead of us show us the way. Honestly, it was a delightful hike, and the final summit push was somewhat exhilarating. Camped near tree line in upper Horn Fork Basin and did this one the day after Columbia. Harvard. Mount Harvard ranks third highest in Colorado and fourth in the Lower 48. Mount Harvard has been a local hiking favorite for over a hundred years. Contiguous 14ers with 2,000 ft. of Prominence, Routes This hike features incredible backpacking, stunning views, and a difficult day or overnight track. Mt. Fairly gradual incline then slowly and surely gets steeper the closer to the top. Didn’t stop two dogs from summiting (with some assist). Harvard is the third highest peak in Colorado and only one of the three that rise above 14,400 feet". I don't really have much else to do right now anyway. (4), Images (228), Comments some camp towards the bottom and summit the next day. The first intersection has a sign pointing to Brown’s Pass to the left and Bear Lake to the right. And beautiful. Harvard, continue straight on trail. Children refers to the set of objects that logically fall under a given object. We wanted to do the loop to Columbia but didn’t summit Harvard until 12 and storm clouds were rolling in. At any rate, what the main text is saying is that there are only 3 peaks in Colorado that are over 14,400'. The North Cottonwood trail travels west for 4.3 miles to Kroenke Lake. Harvard. 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. We are located in San Isabel National Forest, within 2.8 miles of the Colorado Trail and trail heads to Mount Princeton and Mt. In addition, Harvard is the Chaffee County high point. Harvard (14,420 ft) and Mt. As posted, it was LONG - 8 hours and just shy of 14 miles from the 4WD parking area. No clue how, but definitely made it a little more difficult. It is a solid trail all the way to the summit. parking lot at the trailhead. Columbia first. Please note: There is a boulder wall close to the summit that is NOT dog-friendly. Instead, from the west side of the trailhead parking area, locate the only trail and hike it west out of the parking lot. the first 5 miles going up are a breeze. Mt. Only saw 3 other people from 5:30am-2:30pm. The challenge is taking the correct turns. If done correctly, it never exceeds a Class 2. © 2006-2020 SummitPost.org. Someone has painted “Harvard” onto the sign with an arrow. One downfall was losing my phone somewhere at the bottom of the parking lot. Four of the six headed off for the Columbia traverse. 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. I suggest reading the route on 14ers.com to know what to expect, but the route is obvious without prep. Tossed up a tent and enjoyed the cool breeze and evening air. From Mount Columbia, descend the West Slopes route back to the Horn Fork Basin trail. The summit is a small bundle of slabs, big enough for six or seven people w no exposure. I wasn’t paying attention and almost missed this turn. 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). The third intersection has no sign, only a small cairn. Mount Columbia to Mount Harvard. There is a kiosk sign, so you can't miss it. Mt Harvard Summit Markers to commemorate your hike! Mount Harvard is a 14,421 ft peak in the U.S. state of Colorado. Frenchman Creek Trail approaches from … Parents refers to a larger category under which an object falls. From the turn at the T intersection onto Chaffee County 361, start to measure. Leave No Trace practice is mandatory.Remember, you are within the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness. This route features scenic views of three 14ers, good fishing at Bear Lake, trails above timberline, and rock scrambling at the top of Mt. Start your hike at the North Cottonwood Creek Trailhead. Either way, Mount Harvard offers something for everyone. Trail followed a river of melt water much of the way and it was crystal clear, raging, and beautiful. “ The final stretch of trail from Horn Fork Basin to Mt. Camping at 11,500 ft would have been ideal choice. 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. 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. September, 2003: Harvard and Columbia seen from the summit of Missouri Mountain. You will find the Harvard lakes TH 1.6 miles before the North Cottonwood TH at 9,420'. Our hike of Mt. Go left, to Bear Lake. We rested for a … 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. (188), Climber's Log Entries That's an OK hike. The little bouldering problem at the summit is a fun end to the climb up. Definitely tough in the snow, but the incredible views are worth it. Elbert. Harvard. 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. The two songs in this video are original songs written and performed by my daughter Evelyn Curtis. 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. Intersection-wise – right, then left, then right. Remember, Harvard Lakes TH sends you over Mt. Very long walk and gradual ascent until reaching the first scree field at about 12,500 feet, 5+ miles into hike. 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′. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. This route will also carry you over Mt. Mount Harvard stands tall and fortress like on the south slope of historic Mount Wilson in the San Gabriel Mountains of Southern California. Overview. The guidebook says the trail is great for dogs until the summit cap. 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. Mount Harvard Estates. Harvard. Not too far after the last intersection you hit the first boulder field. Columbia”, “Mt. Yale), you have gone .1 miles too far. Distance – 12.8 miles round trip (20.60 km) Soak at Mt. The final rock climb to the peak was unclear. Aconcagua mountain page is a child of the 'Aconcagua Group' and the 'Seven Summits.' Of all the summits I’ve been on in CO, this one has the most challenging signage (or lack thereof). It is often combined with the neighboring Mount Columbia. awesome views. Hit the trail at 4:15. Drive 2.1 miles to a T and turn right (north) onto Chaffee County 361. Princeton Hot Springs Resort after hiking these 14,000′ peaks of the Rocky Mountains. Harvard took about 3 hours from camp (we summited shortly before 10am) - not bad for 3.6 miles and 3200 feet of elevation gain. Excellent sandwiches. I have never seen a trailhead so crowded with cars. Mt Harvard and Mt Columbia are a pair of 14ers located just outside of Buena Vista, Colorado. Harvard and on the mountain itself. And the traffic. It is also the fourth highest peak within the lower 48. (2 ), Climbing Harvard and Colombia 15-sep-2005, Congratulations to recent summiters. Who did this? Full day hike. Massive and Mt. Winter ascents are possible, however current snow conditions dictate how long the approach to North Cottonwood trailhead is and are usually multi-day outings. There's a nice flat section around 13,000', and after that the real work starts. Harvard is the third highest peak in Colorado and only one of three 14ers within Colorado that rises above 14,400 feet. Some choose to do the combination in one long day. I clocked it at exactly 14 miles RT. We turn our headlamps on and begin our journey to the 14,423’ summit of Mt. Adventure; Hike We Like: Mt. This hike, from the trailhead, is long. Super easy to follow trail that starts out gradual and is Class 1 pretty much all the way up to 14,000 feet. 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. The trail is not named, "Mount Harvard Summit Trail". 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. To climb Mt. Use the new trail when it’s available, then let the old trail heal itself. Camping is permitted on the trails approaching Mt. 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). Terrific views of a quintet of 14ers, the Horn Fork valley, Missouri Basin and the Pine … 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. After that it gets steeper and rockier but its still a clear trail and not especially difficult (yet). There are many dispersed camp spots in this area. After crossing Trout Creek Pass, they named the highest summit in sight for the expedition's sponsor: Harvard University. there is also a turn off to go to columbia lower down. Please note: There is a boulder wall close to the summit that is NOT dog-friendly. Tips Mount Yale is a popular hike, and the Denny Creek trailhead quickly fills up on summer weekends. You'll cross a bridge and meander along the creek, eventually reaching another bridge crossing at about 1.5 miles. It’s long hike. Route is obvious, and that's a class 2. Harvard. HAR012. Start bouldering just to the right of that line and the solution is a zig zag up. Awesome trail! Mt Harvard- an early morning hike to the summit to begin my marathon. Mt. 1 review of Mount Harvard "I'm writing a review of a mountain again. The trail levels out for a moment and resumes climbing steeply on talus and rocks right up to the base of the summit block. The scramble for the last 30’ to summit adds the last bit of excitement of an overall great hike. ... From here, it's a fun class 2+ scramble to the summit of Mt. 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. Late season wasn’t too bad and we ran into a few who did the full loop and said it was fairly sketchy with snow on one side and very steep climb on the other. No permits or fees are required to climb Mt. Beautiful views of the valley and great level of difficulty. Full day hike. Harvard (14,420'). 2020 SummittersSP member "Who is going to be the first name here for 2020?". Wow, that’s a busy road this year – cars coming up until I finally drifted off after 10. This time of year the water crossings are easy. Not for me – I plan on doing that from Frenchmen’s Creek. Most of the elevation is the last mile or so to the summit. 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. HAR011. The trail begins at the end of the parking lot. The ridge between the two is 2.2 miles and requires substantial elevation gain and loss. 10/2020. Not a lot of places to get water if needed. It hides its mass well. Started at 11 am and finished at 5 pm. 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. The last half - full mile is awful as route finding is a real issue, but the payoff is worth the struggle! Harvard. The last mile was a pretty brutal push. 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. The trail drops down and crosses the creek over a well built bridge, and then proceeds up … Photo by Lon Abbott. At 2.4 miles the road becomes dirt and angles NW. Saw about 8 people the entire day. Location: 38.8934898, -106.3112411. To summit Mt. As others have said, there’s no way I’d attempt the traverse to Columbia unless you’re summiting Harvard by 7-8A. Generally, Mount Harvard … If you're not an avid 14'er climber or you don't live at elevation, I'd suggest a full rest day before hitting this trail. 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. Mt. Thanks for the post. At 3.8 from the intersection, turn west onto Chaffee County 368 and go 1.2 miles to Chaffee County 368A. There must have been 150+ cars at the TH. Mt Harvard via Frenchman Creek is a 6.9 mile one way hike with 4,571 feet accumulated elevation gain. A weekday hike offers more solitude and a less crowded parking lot. After this bridge, you'll reach a trail junction. Mount Harvard Overview. Massive. Columbia, turn R and leave trail; head E to begin ascent of Columbia's W slopes. The Oddly, didn’t encounter that many people on the hike. But it is also a bashful mountain not visible from roads or towns. At the head of the valley the trail crests a high bench and curves to the west, passing the trail climbing to Mt. The trail's length and elevation gain of 4,500 feet keep the casual hiking crowds away. A little under 4 hours up and 2:30 down. Mount Harvard, a 14er in the Sawatch Range that's northwest of Buena Vista, Colorado, is a great mountain. Turn southwest onto CC 368A and go .1 miles until Forest Service 368. West out of Buena Vista to North Cottonwood Road, then follow this road to its end, to a Take lots of water or a filter (a lot of sources). Great, well marked trail until a few spots above tree line. Trail was well marked. Scramble down and head back. Don't follow my recording. Harvard: Winter Summit Ski Descent. Enjoyed Harvard quite a bit more as a stand-alone hike. Shortly after that crossing, you'll reach a trail junction - 4. July, 2005: Harvard (left) and Columbia seen from Mt. If you lose the trail, just look around, the correct trail is obvious. The natural line leads you up to a massive drop-off. Introduction. The peak is small and stony but spectacular! Turn west onto FS 386 and go another 1.4 miles to the TH at 9.300'. Six others joined me after I summited on this beautiful day. Turn around and go home, or continue backwards along the traverse to complete the featured hike: Harvard and Columbia in reverse. Aconcagua mountain itself has many routes, photos, and trip reports as children. the trail is nice and well marked and the top section is pretty tough with some rock scrambling. So obviously that makes Mt. Up at 3 for a long day. Dogs are also able to use this trail. MY HIKING buddies and I pack up our tents and make our way towards the trailhead of Mt. July and Augus If it is the 3rd highest peak, it cannot also be only one of the three that rise above 14,400 feet. Go .3 miles until you come to Forest Service 386. If you go to the left you’ll hit Bear Lake pretty quickly and not go too far out of the way. awesome but long! Be the first to submit your climbing note! Good hiking boots will work fine. Harvard in complete darkness. Caution should be taken in the spring. 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. Columbia (14, 073 feet). Early on, I deliberately tried to take my time and absorb the endless natural beauty here. On my way back down, I realized I had gone off trail shortly before the summit. "After hiking up Mt. Drive 0.4 miles north on US 24 to the junction of Chaffee County 350 and turn left (west). including 14,433’ Mt. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. Didn't see anyone else. Mount Harvard Climbing Notes. Beautiful views from the top! Located 46 miles northeast of Gunnison Colorado. 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. Serene landscape and I really enjoyed this trail. This route features scenic views of three 14ers, good fishing at Bear Lake, trails above timberline, and rock scrambling at the top of Mt. Harvard”, and “Bear Lake” on it and two arrows. Mt. Mt. Got to the trailhead at 6 a.m. with a small handful of parking spots available near the trailhead. If ya wanna do the traverse, ya need to be summiting Harvard by 7am. Columbia first.Three Elk Creek TH See the North Cottonwood TH directions. Please submit any useful information about climbing Mount Harvard that may be useful to other climbers. Mt. The next intersection has a newer looking sign with “Mt. We summited this peak on August 6. 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. As afternoon thunderstorms are common during the summer, many hikers leave the trailhead at 6 a.m. to leave the summit before noon. There is an amazing forested area and fantastic views above treeline. I am pretty amused by the idea of reviewing a mountain. Elbert, the tallest mountain in Colorado. In addition, it is only 1 of 4 within the lower 48 that extend above 14,400', with Mt. The post are a labor of love and I appreciate your work, and the Summit Post organization for maintaining the service. At end of road there is parking, and Restrooms. 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. Hopefully this clears that up for you. I'll consider re-writing the text for clarification purposes. Whatever it is, its a nice little capstone on a fun, effortful hike to a great summit. I'm not the original author of this page as I adopted it way back in 2005 or so. Enjoying the 2nd time through all the 14ers! Columbia and is one of the longer hikes among the Colorado 14ers. Great day with big time views. Click here for complete information on campgrounds in the Leadville Ranger District. The mountain itself is massive–although perhaps not quite as massive as Mt. May, 2006: Harvard seen during a hike on Columbia. Location: 38.9008827, -106.312645. Harvard (in the middle) could go with either arrow. 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. It is a work of art. Be prepared, it is not a slam dunk. :), 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. Drove up to Cottonwood Creek TH after grabbing some hot coffee and a boxed dinner at Brown Dog Coffee Company in Buena Vista. Beautiful views! Please click here for more information about climbing Mt. All Rights Reserved. The hike to Kroenke Lake is especially beautiful during July when the wildflowers are in full bloom. Consider things such as access and accommodation at the base of Mount Harvard, as … 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. I have tried to consider this sentence several ways, but just cannot understand it: "Mt. The trail was not busy at all. Trail was not busy on a Monday. Mount Harvard is a Colorado 14er and also the fourth highest mountain in the contiguous United States. Locate the trail, walk down to a bridge crossing and follow the excellent trail for 1.4 miles to another bridge - 3. Harvard. Climbing off the peak down from the summit also a bit of a challenge. I only mention this because the trail made through this boulder field is impressive! It is the third highest mountain in Colorado, and also the fourth highest mountain in the Contiguous United States. 16 miles roundtrip. Watch your route. Harvard. Thanks! Dogs are also able to use this trail. Went on Tuesday 09/15, there was still some snow and ice which made the rock a bit harder. Arrived TH around 7 pm. Take a right. Most of it is just walking a pretty obvious and easy trail, and towards the summit you have a little bit of scrambling. Hike. There are 15 14,000 foot peaks in the area. Generally, Mount Harvard is climbed during the summer months of June through September. Turn west on FS 368 and go .8 miles until you reach the TH at 9,260'. Harvard is the third highest peak in the state. 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. Harvard is situated 11 miles northwest of Buena Vista and is not easily visible from roads or highways. Limited snow left on the trail as of 9/20. It appears that CV has driven everyone outside. Others seek a high camp in Horn Fork Basin and choose a multi-day outing. When To Climb. 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