Mount Harvard Climber's Log

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jclements - Oct 1, 2021 7:40 pm Date Climbed: Sep 20, 2021

A snowy dusting  Sucess!

Lightning and snow in the night. The day cleared up though.


aarobkol - Aug 30, 2021 9:30 am Date Climbed: Aug 30, 2021

Harvard from Horn Fork  Sucess!

Nice day hike from North Cottonwood trailhead. I started at 4:30 and was on the summit by 8. Left the summit 20 minutes later and was in Beuna Vista in time for lunch.


utahjimk - Jul 25, 2021 3:04 pm Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2021

with Wasatch Mountain Club group; via North Cottonwood TH  Sucess!

one of the most scenic hikes I've experienced: Horn Fork Basin is quite spectacular. We took the side detour to Bear Lake - one of the most beautiful lakes.


birdhead - Jun 15, 2021 9:49 pm Date Climbed: Jun 9, 2021

South Slopes  Sucess!

Lots of snow left on the route, which made for a long outing. Had to post-hole in Horn Fork basin. The slope up to the ridge was covered in hard snow so we used spikes and poles to ascend. Hiked up the ridge to the summit area and scrambled the summit block. Perfect weather day!


JesseSumrak - Sep 21, 2020 9:20 am Date Climbed: Sep 19, 2020

Harvard and Columbia  Sucess!

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.


BKiser90 - Sep 19, 2020 7:05 pm Date Climbed: Sep 19, 2020

Harvard and Columbia  Sucess!

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


mickeyCs - Mar 27, 2020 7:15 pm

ct thru hike



eli.boardman - Dec 27, 2018 10:28 am Date Climbed: Jun 30, 2017

Nice wildflowers  Sucess!

Solo hike up Hornfork


Wheelbarrow - Feb 6, 2018 6:05 am Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2017

#45 Columbia + Harvard  Sucess!

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.


kronshage3 - Aug 6, 2017 6:53 pm Date Climbed: Jul 28, 2017

Columbia Traverse  Sucess!

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.


lilmantis - Jul 11, 2017 1:49 am Date Climbed: Sep 10, 2012

LONG!  Sucess!

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.


BLong - May 14, 2017 10:33 am Date Climbed: May 5, 2017

Spring Ski - South Slopes  Sucess!

Great spring ski down the south slopes


skorpeo - Dec 13, 2016 11:37 pm Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2015

From Little John's cabin  Sucess!

My son and I went up from John's Cabin. No trail above tree-line. Great day.


BradBartick - Sep 18, 2016 3:50 pm Date Climbed: Sep 17, 2016

Good weather  Sucess!

Nice day, little windy, awesome Fall colors.


Hyadventure - Jul 11, 2016 7:07 pm Date Climbed: Jul 7, 2016

Columbia, then Harvard  Sucess!

A long day alone with my thoughts. 5:30 start,4:15 finish.


habaceeba - May 5, 2016 4:08 pm Date Climbed: Jun 23, 2013

Harvard  Sucess!



scgrant - Nov 30, 2015 7:42 pm Date Climbed: Oct 4, 2015

Harvard and Columbia  Sucess!

From the North Fork of Cottonwood Creek TH, Harvard first and then traverse to Columbia. Nice loop hike hitting these two impressive 14er's.


Moogie737 - Aug 13, 2015 7:47 pm Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2015

N Cottonwood TH but Columbia First  Sucess!

#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.


Onager - Jul 12, 2015 12:07 am Date Climbed: Jul 7, 2015

Overnight in Horn Fork Basin  Sucess!

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.

pchernik - Jan 20, 2015 11:18 pm Date Climbed: Jan 18, 2015

Columbia/Harvard traverse  Sucess!

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.

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