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 has been a local hiking favorite for over a hundred years. 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. In 2000, the summit was delisted from the hiking group because of private property issues. The summit was bulldozed and covered in media towers which are fenced in two different layers. This is a good peak to combine with trips to many Mount Wilson area peaks. Some suggestions are Mount Yale, Occidental Peak, and Mount Wilson. Use this guide at your own discretion.
Getting ThereFrom the intersection of I-210 and Angeles Crest Highway (SR 2), drive north on Angeles Crest Highway 9.5 miles to Angeles Forest Highway. Keep straight. Continue about 4.5 miles to the junction with the Mount Wilson Road at the Red Box Ranger Station. Turn right. Drive about 5 miles to the Mt. Wilson Park. Park to the right of the entrance at one of the turnouts without blocking the road. Remember to place your Adventure Pass in the window.
Roundtrip is 2.5/3 miles with about 800-1000 feet of gain. Most of the gain is on the way back.
Red Tape & External LinksFor camping information and current conditions in Angeles National Forest.
Mount Harvard was on the Hundred Peaks List.
You will need a Adventure Pass for parking at the turnout.