Mount Columbia Climber's Log

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MissH - Jun 30, 2014 2:09 pm Date Climbed: Jun 28, 2014

Graduation!! (SE Ridge)  Sucess!

Closed out the Collegiates (and Sawatch range 14ers) with a successful ascent/descent of Colubmia via the steep SE ridge. Interesting way to go, especially if you don't require the security of a marked trail. Scattered cairns provide confirmation that someone else was there before you, but do little to keep you on the "trail." If you decide to go this way, just aim for the ridge and negotiate each "obstacle" as it comes up - as long as you're on the ridge, you can't go wrong! GPS claimed we did 11.8m miles and 6100 ft elev gain (not sure how reliable it is). Clear, sunny skies but quite windy - beautiful day overall.


ericd - Jun 29, 2014 5:02 pm Date Climbed: Jun 28, 2014

A ridgeline assault  Sucess!

Started at Harvard Lakes trailhead to grab the SE ridgeline trail (no snow) all the way up. A 5.5hr ascent and 3.5hr descent on solid-rock (no scree). Sky on both sides of trail with the occasional skirting around high rock piles. Summit was nicer than expected, out of wind, and with aerial view of Harvard's basin.


DanielL - Oct 9, 2013 12:22 am Date Climbed: Sep 9, 2008

Harvard to Columbia traverse  Sucess!

Climbed Harvard's standard from Horn Fork Basin, and then traversed to Columbia (17 miles RT), which was a fun route. The early evening descent down the ultra-loose face into the basin was definitely not fun, but it was a rewarding day nonetheless.


cdevenney84 - Sep 22, 2013 6:30 pm Date Climbed: Sep 22, 2013

Combo. West Slopes trail = terrible  Sucess!

Harvard was a pleasure, the traverse was fun, but the West Slopes "trail" coming down Columbia sucked. Worst trail I've seen on a 14er by far - I can't believe it's the standard route. There were people all over the side of the mountain looking for it, and once we did find it, it was thin and steep with bad erosion. Expect to fall on your ass half a dozen times. Honestly, do Harvard and skip Columbia unless you are determined to do all the 14ers.


rockymountaindiva - Jul 26, 2013 3:56 pm Date Climbed: Jul 23, 2011

Talus and scree  Sucess!

After Harvard the prior day, Columbia seemed like a job. Won't be going back any time soon.


Fletch - Dec 28, 2012 1:29 pm Date Climbed: Mar 20, 2011

Big glissade  Sucess!

probably shouldn't have... lessons learned...


pyerger - Dec 10, 2012 4:02 pm Date Climbed: Oct 13, 2012

Columbia  Sucess!

Nice day out! upper part of the Standard route was not very pleseant


telemarkdude - Nov 22, 2012 11:33 pm Date Climbed: Oct 9, 1999

East RIdge  Sucess!

Was planning on continuing on to Harvard. Columbia's east ridge took a little longer than anticipated and I ran out of time.


ajberry - Oct 27, 2012 5:03 pm Date Climbed: Jul 5, 2008

From Harvard  Sucess!

With Katie and Megan, both 11. Camped in Horn Fork Basin. Great conditions.

milan - Oct 18, 2012 5:50 pm Date Climbed: Jul 6, 2008

Long day  Sucess!

This was a long day of hiking after Harvard the day before. Scree slope was relentles. Again, a storm formed at around the time we were about to leave the summit.

Sarah Simon

Sarah Simon - Sep 30, 2012 10:33 pm Date Climbed: Sep 29, 2012

Southeast Ridge  Sucess!

Oh, holy shit, the southeast ridge is a beautiful route! Descent mileage (over 12 miles) and lotsa ups and downs made for a pretty long day. Beautiful weather, incredibly aesthetic route!


PeakLizard - Aug 19, 2012 11:19 am Date Climbed: Aug 18, 2012

Three Elk Creek - Full Crest Hike  Sucess!

Beautiful hike day originating from the trail along the still gushing Three Elk Creek (East approach). Third summit of Mt. Columbia and this time hiked the entire crest of the bowl - NE to Summit and around to SE (no trail after you pass the Cottonwood Creek trail connection (SW side). Big horn, marmots and coyote sighted. Long and challenging, but gorgeous tour, rare to see other hikers - no one on a Summer Saturday!


bighornmonkey - Aug 2, 2012 11:23 am Date Climbed: Jun 22, 2012

Twofer  Sucess!

did harvard first, then columbia as a twofer.
5th 14er this year.

Matt Lemke

Matt Lemke - Feb 5, 2012 1:10 pm Date Climbed: Feb 4, 2012

SE ridge in winter  Sucess!

What a long ridge! Lots of breaking trail as well.
14 hours car-to-car from the Harvard Lakes TH


Hostilejim - Nov 9, 2011 10:13 am Date Climbed: Oct 4, 2011

Hard Climb  Sucess!

Just Climbed Columbia from North Cottonwood Creek. Steep climb up to the summit. on the way down, took a nasty fall, but was okay. Several Storms missed us and rained to our south.


chicagotransplant - Oct 23, 2011 6:18 pm Date Climbed: Oct 22, 2011

via Harvard  Sucess!

Second ascent, solo via Frenchman Creek with PT 13374 and Harvard. Snow covered boulders below the "rabbits" were a bit tedious, but otherwise not a bad tour of the Frenchman Creek drainage on a nice fall day.


pavellush - Oct 14, 2011 4:24 am Date Climbed: Aug 14, 2011

Mt Columbia from North Cottonwood Trailhead  Sucess!

Mt Columbia from North Cottonwood Trailhead

Ted Eliason

Ted Eliason - Oct 13, 2011 2:50 pm Date Climbed: Nov 10, 2008

A heap  Sucess!

A never ending heap of talus best hiked in firm snow. Took 2 tries to summit out of the sheer monotony of the long east ridge.


pacojgarza - Aug 29, 2011 4:38 pm Date Climbed: Jul 10, 2011

Alone on Columbia  Sucess!

I went up Columbia after summitting Harvard and Princeton the two previous days and made it to the summit in 3 hrs & 40 min from N. Cottonwood, the weather turned cloudy, chilly and blustery as I hit the summit ridge. I never saw anyone else on Columbia that day. The descent was very fast on the steep slopes.


JustinShapiro - Aug 15, 2011 1:17 am Date Climbed: Aug 13, 2011

Last Sawatch 14er  Sucess!

This was my last 14er to climb in the Sawatch. It was a nice, long hike which was worth while.

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