North Cottonwood Creek Trailhead, South Slopes Route. Mother nature proved the weather models WRONG! Bluebird sky in the morning of summit day, no wind all day. Gray clouds building up were a bluff. However, the evening before gave us rain, thunder, and snow before we made camp at Horn Fork Basin near treeline. Still tons of snow, but patches started about 0.5 mile in and with warmer temps, we postholed much of the way (even well-above treeline). Rascally rabbits nibbled the handle of one of my trekking poles (before I brought it in the tent) and one of the tent stake loops (really?! Hope Big Agnes covers that under warranty). And they kept me up nearly all night with their partying. Not so cute anymore are they? - left car at 1:15 pm, found camp site by 5:15 pm. Left tent for summit 7:30 am, summited by 1:30 pm, back to camp by 5:00 pm, back to car by 8:15 pm. The snow slogs certainly complicated our adventure, but today's gorgeous weather made up for it.
Climbed Harvard and Columbia (17 miles RT) in beautiful late summer conditions - big, big day!
Harvard was a pleasure, the traverse was fun, but the "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.
Perfect day, wanted to do traverse to Columbia but the other half wasn't up to it.
Climbed Mt. Harvard with a group of friends for my first 14,000 ft peak
second of many 14ers.
Date is a guess, from the few years I lived in Colorado.
I met a bunch of folks I shouldn't have. HA!
With Katie and Megan, both 11. Camped in Horn Fork Basin. Great conditions -- and always nice to climb a mtn named after your employer....
Had a tent near Harvard/Columbia trail fork and this one was a great Mountain, storm almost chased us from the summit.
Ack!!! I love September in Colorado!!!! What a beautiful day. Azure sky, yellow willow and aspen, orange tundra... Enjoyed Tuaca with lunch on the summit. Chilled out for dinner at Eddyline, drinking their heavenly Inner Glow Red Chili Porter. Hell yeah!!!
Made it to Harvard, had to give up trying for Columbia too. I just can't camp at 11,500 when driving in from Omaha. Solo
did harvard first, then columbia as a twofer.
4th 14er this year.
Backpacked up to Hork Forn Basin and enjoyed a night of camping before heading up to Harvard around 5:45. Summited at 8:15 and enjoyed the summit for 1/2 hour, arrived back at the car by 1:15. Beautiful area, great trail, and the little scramble at the top was a lot of fun!
My first 14er in the Collegiate Peaks! We camped up in Horn Fork Basin the nights before and after this trek, which made for a very enjoyable trip, as it's absolutely beautiful up there. I'd highly recommend to anyone.
Great morning for a 14er. Nice and warm and not too much wind. The snow around treeline was a pain as well as the hundreds of downed trees but it wasn't too bad. 3.5 hours up and 3 hours down.
A very enjoyable route!! Love the upper basin area, plan to return this way to collect Columbia someday...
Mike and I played sousa on the sousaphones on top. Tony and Fullerton flew a kite.
Second ascent, this time solo from Frenchman Creek with PT 13374 and Columbia. First time I was up Harvard (2006) was in a snowstorm with zero visibility, it was nice to finally enjoy the summit view after all these years!
Starting to get antsy to just finish the 14ers. Harvard was OK. I can't believe I talused over the top of Columbia again. The connecting 4th class ridge is unremarkable.