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ElliottDavisHarvard to Columbia via "Rabbits" Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 17, 2006

ElliottDavis

Tip for heading South on the connecting ridge: the trail hugs the ridge and heads for the sketchy towers called the Rabbits. If you don't want to do them, leave the ridge early. There is a long slash of a ridge heading down into Frenchman Creek basin, and it will block your way, offering you unpleasant rocky footing and steep, loose scree. You can't see this ridge from the Harvard side till you're on it. If you want to avoid it, head down the grassy slopes, which will feel early.
Posted Jun 26, 2006 3:07 am

thephotohikerNorth Cottonwood TH ,Ascend Harvard S Slopes to Columbia N Slopes, Descend Columbia W Slopes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 21, 2003

thephotohiker

This double is a long hard hike, especially doing Harvard first. The descent from Columbia is a down climb on braided trails of skree. If I ever do this again it will be an ascent of Columbia and a descent on the "stairs" from Harvard. Someone has done some "serious" work on the Harvard trail. It's great!
Posted Jun 19, 2006 12:10 am

crzyjtNorth Cottonwood Creek TH with traverse to Columbia  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 5, 2006

crzyjt

Awesome day, beautiful weather. The full circuit is a long hike.
Posted Jun 6, 2006 4:05 pm

RattonNorth Cottonwwod TH to Harvard Peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 1, 2006
Camped in Horn Basin and summited about 1:30 pm.

Had the summit to myself, as my partner's low exposure tolerance kept him about 10 feet below the summit. We had never been there and were a little suprised that the summit was not a simple walk-up. Easy, easy, class 3, no doubt, but for those with no exposure tolerance, it can be too scary. Be sure to approach the summit from the right (NE) instead of approaching from the left (SW) where the big cairns are, if you want to avoid any class 3.

My partner didn't want to posthole through the large snow bank under the summit rocks, nor did he want to down-climb and try another approach, so we had coffee just below the summit on the ridge, enjoyed the weather, the views, and the marmots. Fat little buggers! Have you all been feeding them? They seemed pretty unafraid ...
Posted Jun 3, 2006 6:39 am

Dan LeonhardFun mountain  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 18, 2004

Dan Leonhard

Bit of a cornice that sits on top. Great views!
Posted May 29, 2006 10:26 pm

roozers42Route Climbed: South Slopes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 27, 2005

roozers42

Beautiful basin, fun rocks at the top.
Posted May 15, 2006 5:02 pm

royswkrBackpack up Horn Fork  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 11, 1997
Met hunter who shot bighorn ram
Posted May 10, 2006 9:28 pm

ClearSkiesAheadFrom North Cottonwood  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 25, 2005

ClearSkiesAhead

Beaufiful well-maintained hike to the summit. Got some nice photos.
Posted Apr 26, 2006 4:13 pm

km_donovanFrom the North Cottonwood TH  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2002

km_donovan

Mount Harvard was an exceptionally nice climb, probably one of the mountains that I would like to climb again. The trail was well marked, well maintained and quite enjoyable. The valley was spectacular and the scramble to the summit was fun.
Posted Apr 16, 2006 1:40 pm

TMski descent march  Sucess!

TM

Fun time, bad weather. Thanks JP!
Posted Apr 10, 2006 5:48 am

markhyamsE Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 7, 2004

markhyams

Different approach to this mountain. Recommended, although very large talus makes it hard for dogs.
Posted Mar 4, 2006 8:04 pm

markhyamsS Slopes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 30, 1996

markhyams

Such a beautiful hike. Side trip to Moon Lake recommended.
Posted Mar 4, 2006 8:04 pm

tombaldwinHarvard from Horn Fork Basin  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 17, 2005

tombaldwin

I climbed it during a 3-day backpack with my friend, Avi, staying both nights in Horn Fork Basin. The campsite was well-used but not much loved (read: human feces/toilet paper lying around everywhere). The mountain itself was a nice experience.
Posted Mar 1, 2006 9:15 pm

RMdaytripsgrlRoute: South Slopes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 21, 2005

RMdaytripsgrl

With friend. 8 hours, taking a leisurely pace. Watch out for that last mile to the summit! It's a doozy! Fun class 3 scrambles at top.
Posted Feb 27, 2006 2:09 am

RMdaytripsgrlRoute: South Slopes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 7, 2002

RMdaytripsgrl

A beautiful hike for my husband and I. Did the Harvard/Columbia combo via ridge traverse. A long day with some weather to deal with on the (LOOSE) descent of Columbia.
Posted Feb 27, 2006 2:07 am

Mike NSouth Slope  Sucess!

Mike N

Camped a little below treeline near a stream and a beautiful site. Other camp sites nearby. Took a leisurely start the next AM. By the time we summitted it started to get cold, even had a few flurries. The summit block consists of a few Class 3 moves. Fairly straightforward.
Posted Feb 19, 2006 11:29 pm

Mountain JimRoute Climbed: From Horn Fork Basin Date Climbed: August 1968  Sucess!

Mountain Jim

Round tripped Harvard & Columbia via Horn Fork basin in about 8 hours. That connecting ridge is interesting.
Posted Feb 9, 2006 11:56 pm

KieferRoute Climbed: Horn Fork basin Date Climbed: June 1999  Sucess!

Kiefer

By far, one of the prettiest 14ers to hike into or summit. The flowers are amazing and the views were tremendous. A hot day with only 4 people in the basin. The air was actually 'sweet' smelling due to the wildflowers. Amazing!
Posted Jan 23, 2006 10:40 am

barrattRoute Climbed: Standard - Horn Fork Basin Date Climbed: September 5, 2005  Sucess!

barratt

Beautiful backpack trip. Camped near 12,000 ft. Red vegeatation high on Harvard was visible from miles away.
Posted Jan 19, 2006 8:54 pm

1mverticalRoute Climbed: Frenchman Creek Date Climbed: July 05, 2005  Sucess!

1mvertical

Barely any snow. Very well maintained trail.
Posted Jan 4, 2006 4:58 pm

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