A grueling 12 hour day covering 16 miles and over 6,000 feet of elevation gain. It was all worth it though because I made it to the top of both peaks in the same day. The day started with rain and sleet, but eventually became just cloudy. Very lucky that I was able to spend all day out there without the threat of storms.
Met only 2 other hikers on Columbia, and I had Harvard all to myself. I descended into the basin northeast of Columbia and then climbed up Harvard's SE ridgeline. Left trailhead at 6:30 am (late), summited Columbia around 11:30 am, left for Harvard around noon, and summited Harvard around 3:30 pm and returned to the trailhead around 6:30 pm.
Saw a whole herd of mountain goats in Horn Fork Basin above Bear Lake. At least 30 of them (see pic).
Summited w/ sp'er ahansen54 and our father. Set up high camp at 11,600 in Horn Fork Basin. Summitted Harvard early in the morning -- foggy morning so not much for views. Then followed the long long ridge to Columbia.
Climbed this and Columbia with SP'er jhansen007. Great (long) day, great weather.
Hiked Harvard, then bagged Columbia. The Harvard trail was a very nice gentle trail with a short fun scramble at the top- and of course, beautiful views!
Started up at 4:40AM under starry skies and not another person on the trail until I was well up into Horn Fork Basin. Reached the small summit at 8:10 and had it to my for 20 mins, then back down into the basin in search of the trail to Mt Columbia. My 19th 14'er and another fine Colorado morning. Sweet!!
Beautiful Trail! Nice summit block
There is excellent camping down by the creek (left side of the road) from Silver Creek TH to the parking area at the end of the road. If you find a campsight that suits you, it will serve for summits of harvard, columbia and yale. On this date, there was 4 or 5 snow crossings that didn't require gators, but we punched through a bit. Dry from 13300 to summit.
A fun climb with a group of men from my church.
Climbed in combo with columbia.
Great trip with Annaleen, Mike, and Marella. Camped Saturday on the meadow below the south ridge dropping from Bear Lake and climbed Sunday morning. Excellent trip, despite some discomfort with the altitude.
Cold and snowy day! We got weathered out of Columbia. Next time.
A crystal clear day, we could make out Pike's Peak to the east, Snowmass and the Maroon Bells to the west, Uncompahgre to the southwest, and Grays & Torreys to the northeast. What an amazing summit! From south slopes, the final summit pitch is scrambling (class 2+ or 3), don't let Gerry Roach fool you...
This was a great trail. Encountered some electricity on the summit. Scared the crap out of me. Got down very quickly. Thunder rocked the valley the entire way down.
I was able to summit both of these peaks in a day. The hike toward bear lake was gorgeous and I did see a bearprint on the trail. The traverse to Columbia is much farther than it looks. However, it is a lot of fun! The scrambling up to Columbia's Summit was boulder-riffic!
This was fun--running the rotten Rabbits from Columbia. I stayed on the ridge crest for as long as possible, until I was stymied by the ears (I think). Not prepared to solo even low-5th class, I detoured under the ears down some slabs into the basin to the west. Atop Harvard, I met a friendly gentleman on top who was cresting middle-age into senior-dom, and who was wearing sneakers, cotton shorts, cotton T-shirt, and floppy canvas bookbag. Turns out he had decided at 4am in Boulder to run up Harvard, and was using the climb as part of his training for Kangchenjunga. Appearances, schmearances--I'm just glad I kept my initial impressions to myself.
On a quick break from college, a friend and I drove from eastern Kansas and ended up backpacking into a camp east of Bear Lake. We summited the next morning, broke camp and headed back out. Another 500+ mile drive and we were back at school.
I climbed Mount Harvard with a couple of friends in High School, we climbed several other 14'ers that year but it remains a blur to me. My friend had to remind me and even produced pictures before I became convinced that I had climbed it.
Great snow climb! If you've got a couple of days, that is. Nice campsites along Columbia; glissade down Harvard was one of the best I've experienced.