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South Slopes

South Slopes

South Slopes

Page Type: Route

Location: Colorado, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 38.92440°N / 106.32°W

Object Title: South Slopes

Route Type: Hike

Time Required: Most of a day

Difficulty: Class 2

Route Quality: 
 - 4 Votes


Page By: rmjwinters

Created/Edited: Mar 5, 2003 / Mar 5, 2003

Object ID: 157808

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Follow Getting There directions to reach the North Cottonwood trailhead at 9,880 feet. From the trailhead cross to the south of North Cottonwood Creek on a good bridge a few yards from the trailhead. Continue on the trail for 1.5 miles to a junction just after the trail crosses the creek back to the north side. Stay right (north) at the junction and continue on the trail into Horn Fork Basin. The trail continues to treeline at 11,600 feet. Several great campsites exist just below treeline.

Route Description

From treeline at 11,660 you can see Harvard at the north end of the basin. Mount Columbia's west slopes are to the right. The route is straightforward as it climbs into the basin and to Bear Lake. It is not necessary to go all the way to the lake. Stay right (east) of the lake and continue up to a basin just under Harvard's south slopes. Climb the western edge of these grassy slopes to reach the final boulders and Harvard's summit.

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djilkRoute Comment

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As you reach the final pitch above 14,000', it is easy to lose the trail, especially if there are snowfields. To follow the standard route, stay west on or near the ridge. We meandered a bit to the east and achieved the notch in the ridge that is visible from the basin floor, then scrambled west to the summit, quite enjoyable -- and we avoided the snowfield.
Posted Jul 14, 2005 5:51 pm
djilkRoute Comment

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Also the trail is strong and well marked with cairns beyond the Bear Lake turnoff -- this is a Class 1 trail climb until the last 400 vertical feet. Roach's route description would make it appear that there is routefinding before this, but it is no longer the case.
Posted Jul 14, 2005 6:05 pm

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