Mount Harvard Climber's Log

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slowpoke - Jul 24, 2006 4:56 pm Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2006

Harvard to Columbia - Ridge Route  Sucess!

Camped in Horn Fork. Bad mosquitos. Summited Harvard the following morning in under 3 hours. Followed the entire ridge over to Columbia. Rapped once down 30 feet or so of some real exposed technical stuff. Went unroped over 3rd, 4th and some low 5th the rest of the way. Didn't get to climb the rabbit :(


kylerlott - Jul 17, 2006 9:26 pm Date Climbed: Jul 15, 2006

Mt Harvard and Mt. Columbia  Sucess!

Very hot and clear day. Great views all around, tricky and interesting connecting ridge. Mosquitoes weren't afraid to tag along for the ride below tree line to and from camp at North Cottonwood TH.

Matt Mahoney

Matt Mahoney - Jul 6, 2006 10:57 pm Date Climbed: Jul 5, 2006

Harvard to Columbia SE ridge  Sucess!

Climbed Harvard via Horn Fork trail, then traversed to Columbia via Frenchman Creek and descended the SE ridge. This is the best route on Columbia but I would recommend the other direction because the ridge has no trail and is very steep below treeline. The N. Cottonwood road has gotten worse this year so I had to park 2 miles east of the Silver Creek TH where the route ends. This made it a 20 mile hike in about 10 hours.


ElliottDavis - Jun 26, 2006 3:07 am Date Climbed: Jun 17, 2006

Harvard to Columbia via "Rabbits" Ridge  Sucess!

Tip for heading South on the connecting ridge: the trail hugs the ridge and heads for the sketchy towers called the Rabbits. If you don't want to do them, leave the ridge early. There is a long slash of a ridge heading down into Frenchman Creek basin, and it will block your way, offering you unpleasant rocky footing and steep, loose scree. You can't see this ridge from the Harvard side till you're on it. If you want to avoid it, head down the grassy slopes, which will feel early.

Michael Hoyt

Michael Hoyt - Jun 19, 2006 12:10 am Date Climbed: Jul 21, 2003

North Cottonwood TH ,Ascend Harvard S Slopes to Columbia N Slopes, Descend Columbia W Slopes  Sucess!

This double is a long hard hike, especially doing Harvard first. The descent from Columbia is a down climb on braided trails of skree. If I ever do this again it will be an ascent of Columbia and a descent on the "stairs" from Harvard. Someone has done some "serious" work on the Harvard trail. It's great!


crzyjt - Jun 6, 2006 4:05 pm Date Climbed: Jun 5, 2006

North Cottonwood Creek TH with traverse to Columbia  Sucess!

Awesome day, beautiful weather. The full circuit is a long hike.

Ratton - Jun 3, 2006 6:39 am Date Climbed: Jun 1, 2006

North Cottonwwod TH to Harvard Peak  Sucess!

Camped in Horn Basin and summited about 1:30 pm.

Had the summit to myself, as my partner's low exposure tolerance kept him about 10 feet below the summit. We had never been there and were a little suprised that the summit was not a simple walk-up. Easy, easy, class 3, no doubt, but for those with no exposure tolerance, it can be too scary. Be sure to approach the summit from the right (NE) instead of approaching from the left (SW) where the big cairns are, if you want to avoid any class 3.

My partner didn't want to posthole through the large snow bank under the summit rocks, nor did he want to down-climb and try another approach, so we had coffee just below the summit on the ridge, enjoyed the weather, the views, and the marmots. Fat little buggers! Have you all been feeding them? They seemed pretty unafraid ...

Dan Leonhard

Dan Leonhard - May 29, 2006 10:26 pm Date Climbed: Mar 18, 2004

Fun mountain  Sucess!

Bit of a cornice that sits on top. Great views!


roozers42 - May 15, 2006 5:02 pm Date Climbed: Aug 27, 2005

Route Climbed: South Slopes  Sucess!

Beautiful basin, fun rocks at the top.

royswkr - May 10, 2006 9:28 pm Date Climbed: Sep 11, 1997

Backpack up Horn Fork  Sucess!

Met hunter who shot bighorn ram


km_donovan - Apr 16, 2006 1:40 pm Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2002

From the North Cottonwood TH  Sucess!

Mount Harvard was an exceptionally nice climb, probably one of the mountains that I would like to climb again. The trail was well marked, well maintained and quite enjoyable. The valley was spectacular and the scramble to the summit was fun.


TM - Apr 10, 2006 5:48 am

ski descent march  Sucess!

Fun time, bad weather. Thanks JP!


markhyams - Mar 4, 2006 8:04 pm Date Climbed: Jul 7, 2004

E Ridge  Sucess!

Different approach to this mountain. Recommended, although very large talus makes it hard for dogs.


markhyams - Mar 4, 2006 8:04 pm Date Climbed: Jun 30, 1996

S Slopes  Sucess!

Such a beautiful hike. Side trip to Moon Lake recommended.


tombaldwin - Mar 1, 2006 9:15 pm Date Climbed: Jul 17, 2005

Harvard from Horn Fork Basin  Sucess!

I climbed it during a 3-day backpack with my friend, Avi, staying both nights in Horn Fork Basin. The campsite was well-used but not much loved (read: human feces/toilet paper lying around everywhere). The mountain itself was a nice experience.


RMdaytripsgrl - Feb 27, 2006 2:09 am Date Climbed: Jul 21, 2005

Route: South Slopes  Sucess!

With friend. 8 hours, taking a leisurely pace. Watch out for that last mile to the summit! It's a doozy! Fun class 3 scrambles at top.


RMdaytripsgrl - Feb 27, 2006 2:07 am Date Climbed: Sep 7, 2002

Route: South Slopes  Sucess!

A beautiful hike for my husband and I. Did the Harvard/Columbia combo via ridge traverse. A long day with some weather to deal with on the (LOOSE) descent of Columbia.

Mike N

Mike N - Feb 19, 2006 11:29 pm

South Slope  Sucess!

Camped a little below treeline near a stream and a beautiful site. Other camp sites nearby. Took a leisurely start the next AM. By the time we summitted it started to get cold, even had a few flurries. The summit block consists of a few Class 3 moves. Fairly straightforward.

Mountain Jim

Mountain Jim - Feb 9, 2006 11:56 pm

Route Climbed: From Horn Fork Basin Date Climbed: August 1968  Sucess!

Round tripped Harvard & Columbia via Horn Fork basin in about 8 hours. That connecting ridge is interesting.


Kiefer - Jan 23, 2006 10:40 am

Route Climbed: Horn Fork basin Date Climbed: June 1999  Sucess!

By far, one of the prettiest 14ers to hike into or summit. The flowers are amazing and the views were tremendous. A hot day with only 4 people in the basin. The air was actually 'sweet' smelling due to the wildflowers. Amazing!

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