Start bouldering just to the right of that line and the solution is a zig zag 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. At any rate, what the main text is saying is that there are only 3 peaks in Colorado that are over 14,400'. 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. Elbert, the tallest mountain in Colorado. Either way, Mount Harvard offers something for everyone. The descriptions on this site are spot on. One downfall was losing my phone somewhere at the bottom of the parking lot. I don't really have much else to do right now anyway. Look ahead for views into grassy Horn Fork Basin, as you leave forest behind. The last 1/2 mile is steep, as is the case on most 14ers. There is a kiosk sign, so you can't miss it. After this bridge, you'll reach a trail junction. Hopefully this clears that up for you. Location: 38.8934898, -106.3112411. Mt. Six others joined me after I summited on this beautiful day. The last half - full mile is awful as route finding is a real issue, but the payoff is worth the struggle! © 2006-2020 SummitPost.org. Started at 6am, hit summit in 3hrs. some camp towards the bottom and summit the next day. This trail travels west into the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness and is an easy access for Kroenke Lake and the Horn Fork Basin below Mt. Scramble down and head back. Loved this trail. Last mile (of 7 total each way) was a real challenge. Please click here for more information about climbing Mt. Location: 38.9008827, -106.312645. The mountain itself is massive–although perhaps not quite as massive as Mt. 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. (188), Climber's Log Entries It is the third highest mountain in Colorado, and also the fourth highest mountain in the Contiguous United States. There must have been 150+ cars at the TH. Finish was very very long walk once you get to tree line. Arrived TH around 7 pm. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. Harvard to reach summit #39 of … This route will also carry you over Mt. Didn't see anyone else. Very long walk and gradual ascent until reaching the first scree field at about 12,500 feet, 5+ miles into hike. Mount Columbia to Mount Harvard. Harvard. Mount Harvard stands tall and fortress like on the south slope of historic Mount Wilson in the San Gabriel Mountains of Southern California. There are many dispersed camp spots in this area. Limited snow left on the trail as of 9/20. If ya wanna do the traverse, ya need to be summiting Harvard by 7am. Don't follow my recording. The trail was not busy at all. Thanks! Mount Harvard is a 14,429 foot peak in the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness of Colorado. (4), Images Saw about 8 people the entire day. We turn our headlamps on and begin our journey to the 14,423’ summit of Mt. Otherwise, great views (one of the more interesting Sawatch 14ers in my opinion) and a fun but tiring day. Mt Harvard via Frenchman Creek is a 6.9 mile one way hike with 4,571 feet accumulated elevation gain. Distance – 12.8 miles round trip (20.60 km) Enjoying the 2nd time through all the 14ers! On my way back down, I realized I had gone off trail shortly before the summit. Watch your route. Please note: There is a boulder wall close to the summit that is NOT dog-friendly. Mount Harvard Climbing Notes. As afternoon thunderstorms are common during the summer, many hikers leave the trailhead at 6 a.m. to leave the summit before noon. 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. I clocked it at exactly 14 miles RT. 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. At 2.4 miles the road becomes dirt and angles NW. This hike features incredible backpacking, stunning views, and a difficult day or overnight track. 2020 SummittersSP member "Who is going to be the first name here for 2020?". there is also a turn off to go to columbia lower down. HAR012. The I am pretty amused by the idea of reviewing a mountain. 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. 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. That's an OK hike. Overview. Columbia, turn R and leave trail; head E to begin ascent of Columbia's W slopes. Frenchman Creek Trail approaches from … Start your hike at the North Cottonwood Creek Trailhead. Mt Harvard- an early morning hike to the summit to begin my marathon. If you lose the trail, just look around, the correct trail is obvious. the first 5 miles going up are a breeze. Harvard the highest in the state. Mt. Turn southwest onto CC 368A and go .1 miles until Forest Service 368. There are 15 14,000 foot peaks in the area. Mt. Click here for complete information on campgrounds in the Leadville Ranger District. It appears that CV has driven everyone outside. The last mile was a pretty brutal push. Contiguous 14ers with 2,000 ft. of Prominence, Routes 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'. I suggest reading the route on 14ers.com to know what to expect, but the route is obvious without prep. Yale. So obviously that makes Mt. Tips Mount Yale is a popular hike, and the Denny Creek trailhead quickly fills up on summer weekends. Harvard. Mt. 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 first intersection has a sign pointing to Brown’s Pass to the left and Bear Lake to the right. Bring your earplugs. Go to the right. We were happy to have a group ahead of us show us the way. Mt Harvard Summit Markers to commemorate your hike! Not a lot of places to get water if needed. As of 10/31, any 2WD vehicle can access the trailhead. Trail was well marked. The guidebook says the trail is great for dogs until the summit cap. No clue how, but definitely made it a little more difficult. Locate the trail, walk down to a bridge crossing and follow the excellent trail for 1.4 miles to another bridge - 3. Mount Harvard is a 14,421 ft peak in the U.S. state of Colorado. Beautiful views of the valley and great level of difficulty. Leave No Trace practice is mandatory.Remember, you are within the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness. Honestly, it was a delightful hike, and the final summit push was somewhat exhilarating. Photo by Lon Abbott. Instead, from the west side of the trailhead parking area, locate the only trail and hike it west out of the parking lot. Aconcagua mountain page is a child of the 'Aconcagua Group' and the 'Seven Summits.' Camping at 11,500 ft would have been ideal choice. Harvard. As posted, it was LONG - 8 hours and just shy of 14 miles from the 4WD parking area. 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. Drove up to Cottonwood Creek TH after grabbing some hot coffee and a boxed dinner at Brown Dog Coffee Company in Buena Vista. It’s long hike. Massive and Mt. "After hiking up Mt. There is an amazing forested area and fantastic views above treeline. At 3.8 from the intersection, turn west onto Chaffee County 368 and go 1.2 miles to Chaffee County 368A. Columbia”, “Mt. July, 2005: Harvard (left) and Columbia seen from Mt. Drive 0.4 miles north on US 24 to the junction of Chaffee County 350 and turn left (west). The last mile (or so) have lots of loose rocks but the grind to the top of the mountain is well worth it. The trail's length and elevation gain of 4,500 feet keep the casual hiking crowds away. 16 miles roundtrip. The last couple of miles back to the trailhead dragged. 1 review of Mount Harvard "I'm writing a review of a mountain again. The trail is not named, "Mount Harvard Summit Trail". It’s a green iPhone, if found please call 763-516-8441. It hides its mass well. Consider things such as access and accommodation at the base of Mount Harvard, as … Shortly after that crossing, you'll reach a trail junction - 4. The trail begins at the end of the parking lot. May, 2006: Harvard seen during a hike on Columbia. In addition, Harvard is the Chaffee County high point. Generally, Mount Harvard … This is a fairly easy but very long 14er climb to the second… HAR011. 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 drops down and crosses the creek over a well built bridge, and then proceeds up … The peak is small and stony but spectacular! I did the traverse from Harvard to Colombia. Mount Harvard Estates. But it is also a bashful mountain not visible from roads or towns. 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. This hike, from the trailhead, is long. To climb Mt. Beautiful views! Dogs are also able to use this trail. Not for me – I plan on doing that from Frenchmen’s Creek. I'm not the original author of this page as I adopted it way back in 2005 or so. Harvard. Harvard. Hello, Harvard's prize is reserved only for us that bother to hike into one of the dramatic basins that line its base. Take lots of water or a filter (a lot of sources). Harvard”, and “Bear Lake” on it and two arrows. Of all the summits I’ve been on in CO, this one has the most challenging signage (or lack thereof). Turn around and go home, or continue backwards along the traverse to complete the featured hike: Harvard and Columbia in reverse. The challenge is, at first glance, Mt. Elbert (14,433), Mt. Harvard in complete darkness. Harvard is often climbed in combination with its neighbor, Mount Columbia. Observe all regulations. 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′. 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. At the head of the valley the trail crests a high bench and curves to the west, passing the trail climbing to Mt. It is a solid trail all the way to the summit. Harvard is the third highest peak in Colorado and only one of three 14ers within Colorado that rises above 14,400 feet. The most common hiking route is via the North Cottonwood Creek Trailhead, and round trip our hike was just under 14 miles. 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. Columbia first.Three Elk Creek TH See the North Cottonwood TH directions. This is a very long day. Harvard (14,420 ft) and Mt. Mount Harvard is a Colorado 14er and also the fourth highest mountain in the contiguous United States. The post are a labor of love and I appreciate your work, and the Summit Post organization for maintaining the service. And beautiful. Mt. Use the new trail when it’s available, then let the old trail heal itself. I have never seen a trailhead so crowded with cars. Didn’t stop two dogs from summiting (with some assist). The North Cottonwood trail travels west for 4.3 miles to Kroenke Lake. West out of Buena Vista to North Cottonwood Road, then follow this road to its end, to a Full day hike. If done correctly, it never exceeds a Class 2. Mt Harvard and Mt Columbia are a pair of 14ers located just outside of Buena Vista, Colorado. The trail levels out for a moment and resumes climbing steeply on talus and rocks right up to the base of the summit block. 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. After crossing Trout Creek Pass, they named the highest summit in sight for the expedition's sponsor: Harvard University. Columbia first. Parents refers to a larger category under which an object falls. Aconcagua mountain itself has many routes, photos, and trip reports as children. 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. Hiking info for Mount Harvard and Mount Columbia Loop, located in San Isabel National Forest, Colorado. Harvard is situated 11 miles northwest of Buena Vista and is not easily visible from roads or highways. Generally, Mount Harvard is climbed during the summer months of June through September. 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. For current mountain conditions contact the Pike & San Isabel National Forest, Leadville Ranger District office, 2015 North Poplar, Leadville, CO 80461, (719)486-0749. Hike another 2+ miles to tree line at 11,500' where Harvard can be seen ahead - 5. Mt. Great, well marked trail until a few spots above tree line. Soak at Mt. Whitney (14,505) in CA being the highest within the lower 48. If it is the 3rd highest peak, it cannot also be only one of the three that rise above 14,400 feet. 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. 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. Located 46 miles northeast of Gunnison Colorado. (228), Comments Horn Fork Basin is notorious for it's dangerous snowbridges from treeline at 11,600 feet to Bear Lake. July and Augus A weekday hike offers more solitude and a less crowded parking lot. (25), Additions & Corrections Turn west on FS 368 and go .8 miles until you reach the TH at 9,260'. Caution should be taken in the spring. Harvard and on the mountain itself. Went on Tuesday 09/15, there was still some snow and ice which made the rock a bit harder. 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. Harvard. Harvard, continue straight on trail. Trail was not busy on a Monday. This route features scenic views of three 14ers, good fishing at Bear Lake, trails above timberline, and rock scrambling at the top of Mt. Definitely tough in the snow, but the incredible views are worth it. At end of road there is parking, and Restrooms. Dogs are also able to use this trail. Go .3 miles until you come to Forest Service 386. Beautiful views from the top! Intersection-wise – right, then left, then right. Harvard (in the middle) could go with either arrow. Massive (14,421) and Mt. Most of the elevation is the last mile or so to the summit. Not too far after the last intersection you hit the first boulder field. Oddly, didn’t encounter that many people on the hike. For example, the The next intersection has a newer looking sign with “Mt. :), 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. Trail followed a river of melt water much of the way and it was crystal clear, raging, and beautiful. Harvard. Mount Harvard Overview. In addition, it is only 1 of 4 within the lower 48 that extend above 14,400', with Mt. After that it gets steeper and rockier but its still a clear trail and not especially difficult (yet). Turn west onto FS 386 and go another 1.4 miles to the TH at 9.300'. Good hiking boots will work fine. Great day with big time views. Serene landscape and I really enjoyed this trail. As others have said, there’s no way I’d attempt the traverse to Columbia unless you’re summiting Harvard by 7-8A. Go left, to Bear Lake. I have tried to consider this sentence several ways, but just cannot understand it: "Mt. Others seek a high camp in Horn Fork Basin and choose a multi-day outing. 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. Started at Cottonwood TH at 7:30 am. Massive. A little under 4 hours up and 2:30 down. The scramble for the last 30’ to summit adds the last bit of excitement of an overall great hike. Our hike of Mt. Mt. Mount Harvard ranks third highest in Colorado and fourth in the Lower 48. summitted at 10 am 7/19 and had to go down pretty quickly because of a storm. Harvard is tucked away behind Mt. Fairly gradual incline then slowly and surely gets steeper the closer to the top. All Rights Reserved. Awesome hike! Harvard was named in 1869 when Harvard geology professor Josiah Whitney led a surveying expedition into... Getting There. Introduction. Children refers to the set of objects that logically fall under a given object. And the traffic. Excellent sandwiches. Only saw 3 other people from 5:30am-2:30pm. Harvard (14,420'). The trail up this peak is currently devastatingly terrible, but trail work is being done to create a new, sustainable trail. Four of the six headed off for the Columbia traverse. Harvard is the third highest peak in the state. Most of it is just walking a pretty obvious and easy trail, and towards the summit you have a little bit of scrambling. 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. 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. We are located in San Isabel National Forest, within 2.8 miles of the Colorado Trail and trail heads to Mount Princeton and Mt. No snow as of yesterday 10/19. Though they escaped electrocution, their efforts were nullified in the 1980s, when the pole was taken down by … 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). good conditions otherwise! The trail remains strong all the way to the summit cap. Harvard only 1 of 3 peaks that extend over 14,400' within Colorado. The hike to Kroenke Lake is especially beautiful during July when the wildflowers are in full bloom. Camping is permitted on the trails approaching Mt. The ridge between the two is 2.2 miles and requires substantial elevation gain and loss. 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. Be prepared, it is not a slam dunk. At end of road there is parking, and Restrooms. Started at 7a got down about 330p. If you go to the left you’ll hit Bear Lake pretty quickly and not go too far out of the way. Route is obvious, and that's a class 2. And their scones… !! Whatever it is, its a nice little capstone on a fun, effortful hike to a great summit. 10/2020. First person on top which was a cool experience to be solo for a few. Remember, Harvard Lakes TH sends you over Mt. It is also the fourth highest peak within the lower 48. Please submit any useful information about climbing Mount Harvard that may be useful to other climbers. Mt. Stay right for Horn Fork Basin and Bear Lake. Full day hike. The summit is a small bundle of slabs, big enough for six or seven people w no exposure. Gradual and slow increase in elevation. 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. the trail is nice and well marked and the top section is pretty tough with some rock scrambling. Awesome trail! The little bouldering problem at the summit is a fun end to the climb up. Mount Harvard Trail, Buena Vista, Colorado 81211, United States Mount Harvard is the third highest summit of the Rocky Mountains of North America and the U.S. state of Colorado. 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. Princeton Hot Springs Resort after hiking these 14,000′ peaks of the Rocky Mountains. Be the first to submit your climbing note! Due to lack of time, I did not traverse to Columbia, which honestly felt like the cool thing to do. We summited this peak on August 6. We wanted to do the loop to Columbia but didn’t summit Harvard until 12 and storm clouds were rolling in. Mount Harvard has been a local hiking favorite for over a hundred years. When To Climb. MY HIKING buddies and I pack up our tents and make our way towards the trailhead of Mt. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. The final rock climb to the peak was unclear. Harvard. The challenge is taking the correct turns. 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). Started at 11 am and finished at 5 pm. Yale), you have gone .1 miles too far. ... From here, it's a fun class 2+ scramble to the summit of Mt. View Mount Harvard Image Gallery - 188 Images. Who did this? Wow, that’s a busy road this year – cars coming up until I finally drifted off after 10. To summit Mt. Harvard. 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. Adventure; Hike We Like: Mt. Terrific views of a quintet of 14ers, the Horn Fork valley, Missouri Basin and the Pine … (2 ), Climbing Harvard and Colombia 15-sep-2005, Congratulations to recent summiters. Camped near tree line in upper Horn Fork Basin and did this one the day after Columbia. Please note: There is a boulder wall close to the summit that is NOT dog-friendly. Columbia and is one of the longer hikes among the Colorado 14ers. Mt. 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. “ The final stretch of trail from Horn Fork Basin to Mt. Thanks for the post. The third intersection has no sign, only a small cairn. Trail is easy to follow, but don’t underestimate just because it’s rated as class 2. Enjoyed Harvard quite a bit more as a stand-alone hike. Drive 2.1 miles to a T and turn right (north) onto Chaffee County 361. This is a 15.9 mile loop hike with 6400 cumulative feet of elevation gain that takes about 8-11 hours to complete. The natural line leads you up to a massive drop-off. awesome but long! 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. This time of year the water crossings are easy. Early on, I deliberately tried to take my time and absorb the endless natural beauty here. This route features scenic views of three 14ers, good fishing at Bear Lake, trails above timberline, and rock scrambling at the top of Mt. You will find the Harvard lakes TH 1.6 miles before the North Cottonwood TH at 9,420'. The two songs in this video are original songs written and performed by my daughter Evelyn Curtis. Super easy to follow trail that starts out gradual and is Class 1 pretty much all the way up to 14,000 feet. I only mention this because the trail made through this boulder field is impressive! Some choose to do the combination in one long day. Harvard, Colorado's third-highest peak, seen from the slopes of neighboring Mt Columbia. Hike. Someone has painted “Harvard” onto the sign with an arrow. Harvard took about 3 hours from camp (we summited shortly before 10am) - not bad for 3.6 miles and 3200 feet of elevation gain. parking lot at the trailhead. The North Cottonwood Trail approaches Mount Harvard from the south and requires handholds with some exposure near the summit. I wasn’t paying attention and almost missed this turn. Tossed up a tent and enjoyed the cool breeze and evening air. It is a work of art. awesome views. Trail was clearly marked. Climbing off the peak down from the summit also a bit of a challenge. Harvard is the third highest peak in Colorado and only one of the three that rise above 14,400 feet". including 14,433’ Mt. Take a right. Hit the trail at 4:15. Harvard is the third tallest point in Colorado behind only Mt. From the turn at the T intersection onto Chaffee County 361, start to measure. Holy Cross Ridge (UN13,831,UN13,768 & UN13,248), UN13,823 "Lackawanna Peak" and UN 13,660B. Columbia (14, 073 feet). Mount Harvard, a 14er in the Sawatch Range that's northwest of Buena Vista, Colorado, is a great mountain. From Mount Columbia, descend the West Slopes route back to the Horn Fork Basin trail. No permits or fees are required to climb Mt. Harvard: Winter Summit Ski Descent. Antero. It is often combined with the neighboring Mount Columbia. Was a real challenge, any 2WD vehicle can access the trailhead at 6 a.m. with a handful! Trailhead at 6 a.m. to leave the trailhead of Mt a trailhead so crowded with cars this features... 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