What a wonderful mountain. Wish I hadn't waited so long to climb it. The Frenchman Creek approach is a great way to climb it as it is the shortest route. We had great weather and had fun getting some beginners up their first 14er!
This was my first 14er and second summit. Hard and strenuous climb!
Hiked up into Horn Fork Basin on Friday night; camped at treeline. The hike from here was beautiful. While in the basin, you're surrounded by gorgeous views in every direction. The scrambling from 13,200+ is a bit strenuous but I actually thought the last part of it was pretty fun. On the way down, I stopped at Bear Lake for some R&R. Then back to camp, and up Columbia on Sunday.
I liked Harvard. Good Views of the Pine Creek Drainage. I also thought Horn Fork Basin was a cool place to camp. I enjoyed Harvard and Columbia more than Elbert or Massive, Yale,La Plata, Belford, Oxford,Shavano.
Having wanted to summit Harvard after Columbia 2 weeks earlier, I wussed out after deciding that I didn't have enough time. The next time I made sure to do Harvard first, and then took Rabbit Ridge over to Columbia. Ascent from N Cottonwood Creek TH took 3:14, another 2:26 to get to Columbia, and finally 3:43 going down Columbia's SE Ridge to the CO/Main Range & Harvard Lakes TH. Quite a full day, but fun!
We went with a 2:30 AM start on this one in anticipation of a very long day. Perfect weather and fantastic views from the top. We stayed two hours up there and then headed towards Columbia.
Summated harvard around 11 p.m. or 12 a.m. under cloudy skies during the '02 nolan's '14 endurance event.
Climbing with mahoney, we climbed the eastern slopes to the summit ridge and had come upon 3 people from nolan's who couldn't locate the summit and were having some trouble negotiating the summit ridge in the dark. They continued on with us and all 5 of us summated in a group.
GOD bless! Praise JESUS!!!!
the valley fills up with snow making this a tough
peak to climb in the winter/fall. there are a lot of good camp sights along the way. I think the trip would be easyier if you summited columbia then harvard but I am not sure. The veiw from the summit is amazing but the last 50 feet or so gets icy so be carful
Long day. Post holed the entire route except for the first mile. Weather held for late May.
A difficult climb to Harvard. The traverse to Columbia was terribly difficult. I never did find the route described by Roach in his book. I dropped to nearly 11,500 ft. and climbed Columbia via a scree filled draw. A terrible route. Additionally, the descent from Columbia back to the NC trailhead was a 2,500 ft. scree slope. Made it back to my car much later than I intended to. I would have been in deep trouble had a storm rolled in.
If you do this route, do some careful research. Roach calls it "arduous," and it certainly is. If I could go back I would do the peaks separately, and probably do Columbia via it's East slope. Remember that once you make the decision to do Columbia, you can't back out. It's between you and your car!
Great weather and clear skies were nice to see after being surrounded by haze in the San Juans the week before. Made the summit before noon and had a nice relaxing lunch at 14,420 :) What a kind elevation. Harvard on it's own probably isn't that long of a day but when you add Columbia (which we did) it becomes a pretty tough day.
I backpacked to timberline along a fine trail. Camped in the trees along a stream. It was great. Started for the summit at daybreak. Summited just before noon. This was my 28th fourteener.
Started from 4WD parking, which is at 10,600 - not 10,800 as the Roach guide says. Made summit under 4 hours under a hazy sky due to wildfires.
Did not find a summit log, although there was a string of prayer flags attached on top. Saw lots of goats and marmots too. Nice day on a nice route.
My husband and I and our 2 dogs backpacked in on a Friday and had the place to oursleves. I did
a solo ascent of Harvard the next morning and (my husband does not like to climb) was back at base camp in time to enjoy the dogs playing in the creek. Never found trail on way up - just beelined where I thought I had to go.
Harvard being at 14,420 i had to celebrate the summit with one good spliff.
8th summit of Nolan's 14. I had never explored this little used route from Bedrock Falls, but it was pretty straighforward up tundra slopes once you had bushwacked your way above treeline. Summitted about 10 PM, no moon but the stars were beautiful. I can see why they build observatories on mountains. An hour later a giant fireball lit the sky to the south, and a couple minutes later I heard a faint sonic boom. I don't think they ever found the meteorite that fell 80 miles to the south, and I doubt anyone else saw it from 14,000 ft. On to Columbia.
Too much snow, too little gear...turned back 1 mile past Little Johns Cabin
Great day, went w/a buddy andhad a good time. Weathered off so ive gotta run back for Columbia. Very nice trail and straight forward. Just prepare for a long day and try for Columbia if your up to it. Turned my damn ankle on that trip. Saw all these funky crickets, fat as prunes!
Beautiful hike up into the Basin below Harvard...
Another easy hike but a long day check weather and time before trying Harvard to Columbia combination.