Started our drive around 1am and began the hike around 4:30. Had 3 friends (Braden, Ben, and Andrea) join me, and we cruised to the top of Harvard. Seeing a lot of snow on the traverse to Columbia, we decided to descend all the way back down to the junction and reascend Columbia. Lots of wind on Columbia Ridgeline, but no bad weather and just a beautiful day. Long way down and a long day overall, but well worth the effort.
Set off from the TH at 4:30 am with my wife and friends Jesse and Braden. The goal was to do the Harvard/Columbia traverse. We summitted Harvard around 8:20 and relaxed for twentyish minutes. We decided to forgo the traverse as it looked pretty icy. Instead, we descended back into Horn Fork Basin and followed the new trail up to Columbia. What a slog. Weather was nearly perfect and we summitted Columbia shortly after noon. Back down to the TH by 3:20 pm. 14er #26
Solo hike up Hornfork
Loved the views of that whole backcountry area including towards Missouri Gulch. The summit tower was impressive. The trail down was a real joy–the trail builders really outdid themselves on this one. Then quickly drove up to Mount of the Holy Cross for a sunset hike.
Started around 4:30AM. Conditions excellent up to Harvard summit. Traverse was very long as expected. 4 or 5 small snowfields along the traverse. Thunderstorms started rolling in at 11AM. Spent minimal time at Columbia summit. Light rain all the way back to trailhead. Was back around 2:40PM.
Did the approach from Frenchmen Creek TH and I will never do that again. Better to come from the Columbia side or do a traverse. Still glad to get this peak though.
Great spring ski down the south slopes
My son and I went up from John's Cabin. No trail above tree-line. Great day.
Nice day, little windy, awesome Fall colors.
A long day alone with my thoughts. 5:30 start,4:15 finish.
From the North Fork of Cottonwood Creek TH, Harvard first and then traverse to Columbia. Nice loop hike hitting these two impressive 14er's.
#1 8-11-15 W/ Brent. Did Columbia via its renowned scree climb, steeled ourselves for the intriguing romp to Harvard's teeny weeny summit and watched with trepidation as thunder rumbled from all directions and black-bellied clouds spit rain showers in wind-swept sheets. Strong winds made it feel more like October and we spent only enough time on the summit boulders to take 3 quick pictures. By then the rain was pelting us and made the descent down the summit block boulders very dicey. Saw a solitary but majestic mountain goat half way down. Our total time for the two-fer loop was 11+47.
Climbed 14,420 ft. Mount Harvard today with Kieva. We hiked in Friday night and camped at a great spot in Horn Fork Basin. We hit the trail at 6 AM Saturday and made the summit by 9:30 AM. Clouds were rolling in but the weather was otherwise good. We made it back to camp to pack out by 12:30 PM and were back at the North Cottonwood trailhead by 4 PM. Total of 14 miles and 4,600 ft. of elevation gain.
On Sat Jan 17 we hiked up from Buena Vista to Horn Fork Basin via North Cottonwood (parked around 8500 as we didn't have chains and our 4WD had trouble going up the snow). Snowshoes are a must from North Cottonwood trailhead to the base. By our campsite there was nearly 3 ft of snow. Camped around 11500. Sunday, we went up Mount Columbia via West Slopes. Traverse from Columbia to Harvard was difficult, with much snow. The trail would be very hard to follow without GPS (cairns weren't easy to spot - we saw only a couple the entire way). We got to Mount Harvard by sunset and went down via South Slopes. We went up in microspikes, but I'd probably go with crampons if I had to do it over.
Hiked up the south ridge from Horn Fork Basin. Nice and casual route.
Started at Cottonwood with Greg and Colette. Summited Columbia first and across the ridge to Harvard. Strenuous day. This combo is not to be underestimated.
Underestimated this climb from Cottonwood Creek to the top of Mt Harvard due to all the soft snow. Left the beautiful basin without snowshoes and was back down 10hrs later. Although a leg burner, still well worth the Collegiate view on top of the haystack of rocks at 14,420, actually the weather was perfect considering no wind. Traverse was right there and tempting but simply out of time due to the efficiency loss of post-holing up to our thighs!