As afternoon thunderstorms are common during the summer, many hikers leave the trailhead at 6 a.m. to leave the summit before noon. The trail remains strong all the way to the summit cap. Harvard. On my way back down, I realized I had gone off trail shortly before the summit. Most of the elevation is the last mile or so to the summit. Location: 38.9008827, -106.312645. Fields of wildflowers and panoramic views of the Collegiate Peaks towering over the Arkansas Valley make every step of this straightforward fourteener a rewarding journey. Named in 1869 by members of the first Harvard Mining School class while on expedition with professor Josiah Dwight Whitney, the namesake of Mount Whitney. North Cottonwood TH To access the standard route and the North Cottonwood trailhead begin measuring from the junction of US 24 and Chaffee County 306 in the center of Buena Vista. Adventure; Hike We Like: Mt. Harvard was named in 1869 when Harvard geology professor Josiah Whitney led a surveying expedition into... Getting There. The next intersection has a newer looking sign with “Mt. We rested for a … Don't follow my recording. Go .3 miles until you come to Forest Service 386. Last mile (of 7 total each way) was a real challenge. The last 1/2 mile is steep, as is the case on most 14ers. This is a fairly easy but very long 14er climb to the second… Turn southwest onto CC 368A and go .1 miles until Forest Service 368. The North Cottonwood trail travels west for 4.3 miles to Kroenke Lake. Elbert (14,433), Mt. Harvard only 1 of 3 peaks that extend over 14,400' within Colorado. summitted at 10 am 7/19 and had to go down pretty quickly because of a storm. Click here for complete information on campgrounds in the Leadville Ranger District. Drove up to Cottonwood Creek TH after grabbing some hot coffee and a boxed dinner at Brown Dog Coffee Company in Buena Vista. Princeton Hot Springs Resort after hiking these 14,000′ peaks of the Rocky Mountains. Started at 11 am and finished at 5 pm. Others seek a high camp in Horn Fork Basin and choose a multi-day outing. To climb Mt. We’ve chosen the south slopes, and with the desire to see the sunrise from above the treeline, we make sure to start the 14-mile round trip hike before 4 AM. HAR011. You'll cross a bridge and meander along the creek, eventually reaching another bridge crossing at about 1.5 miles. Go left, to Bear Lake. Harvard's prize is reserved only for us that bother to hike into one of the dramatic basins that line its base. For example, theAconcagua mountain page has the 'Aconcagua Group' and the 'Seven Summits' asparents and is a parent itself to many routes, photos, and Trip Reports. awesome views. Lost the path a few times at the very top, but it was rocky enough above the tree line that the path didn't help that much anyway. This is a 15.9 mile loop hike with 6400 cumulative feet of elevation gain that takes about 8-11 hours to complete. Up at 3 for a long day. Higher than Mount Rainier, 14,420-foot Mount Harvard, along with its neighbor 14,078-foot Mount Columbia, form a giant massif hidden deep within the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness. The descriptions on this site are spot on. Location: 38.8934898, -106.3112411. It is a work of art. Mount Harvard Trail is a 14.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Buena Vista, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The final rock climb to the peak was unclear. This route features scenic views of three 14ers, good fishing at Bear Lake, trails above timberline, and rock scrambling at the top of Mt. Bring your earplugs. It appears that CV has driven everyone outside. Mount Harvard is the third highest summit of the Rocky Mountains of North America and the U.S. state of Colorado. A weekday hike offers more solitude and a less crowded parking lot. :), The Colorado Trail: North Cottonwood Creek to Chalk Creek Trailhead, Mount Harvard via Frenchman Creek Trail 1457, Mount Yale via Colorado and Mount Yale East Trail, Harvard Lakes via Colorado Trail Segment 21, Horn Fork Basin, Mount Harvard, Mount Colombia Loop, Harvard Lakes, Mount Columbia, Mount Harvard, Poplar Gulch, Tincup Pass, and Timberline OHV Trail. The challenge is taking the correct turns. Columbia and is one of the longer hikes among the Colorado 14ers. Terrific views of a quintet of 14ers, the Horn Fork valley, Missouri Basin and the Pine … Turn around and go home, or continue backwards along the traverse to complete the featured hike: Harvard and Columbia in reverse. The first intersection has a sign pointing to Brown’s Pass to the left and Bear Lake to the right. There's a nice flat section around 13,000', and after that the real work starts. Mount Harvard is a 14,421 ft peak in the U.S. state of Colorado. Mt. 4WD vehicles may take the left fork and head south for another 2.2. miles to Collegiate Peaks Wilderness boundary at 10,800'.Harvard Lakes TH Follow the direction for the North Cottonwood TH. In addition, it is only 1 of 4 within the lower 48 that extend above 14,400', with Mt. Whitney (14,505) in CA being the highest within the lower 48. Holy Cross Ridge (UN13,831,UN13,768 & UN13,248), UN13,823 "Lackawanna Peak" and UN 13,660B. Harvard. The trail is not named, "Mount Harvard Summit Trail". As posted, it was LONG - 8 hours and just shy of 14 miles from the 4WD parking area. Columbia first. Harvard (14,420'). Very long walk and gradual ascent until reaching the first scree field at about 12,500 feet, 5+ miles into hike. Only saw 3 other people from 5:30am-2:30pm. It is a solid trail all the way to the summit. This is a very long day. Hiking info for Mount Harvard and Mount Columbia Loop, located in San Isabel National Forest, Colorado. Mount Harvard is a 14,429 foot peak in the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness of Colorado. Observe all regulations. Mount Harvard Estates. The guidebook says the trail is great for dogs until the summit cap. (188), Climber's Log Entries Frenchman Creek Trail approaches from … Didn't see anyone else. The last mile (or so) have lots of loose rocks but the grind to the top of the mountain is well worth it. Mt. A few blue ponds in the upper valley visible only from above and even a narrow but long water fall away from the main trail. Massive (14,421) and Mt. Mount Harvard ranks third highest in Colorado and fourth in the Lower 48. Harvard is the third highest peak in Colorado and only one of the three that rise above 14,400 feet". Beautiful views from the top! The natural line leads you up to a massive drop-off. At end of road there is parking, and Restrooms. July, 2005: Harvard (left) and Columbia seen from Mt. awesome but long! Trail was well marked. Views of the snow covered mountains were spectacular, Harvard was tougher than I anticipated (and I generally take reviews on here with a grain of salt). good conditions otherwise! The trail's length and elevation gain of 4,500 feet keep the casual hiking crowds away. Wilson and enjoying the day up there, My girlfriend and I Made our way back down but not before I made my way up to Mt. Harvard is the third highest peak in the state. Of all the summits I’ve been on in CO, this one has the most challenging signage (or lack thereof). Didn’t stop two dogs from summiting (with some assist). the trail is nice and well marked and the top section is pretty tough with some rock scrambling. The trail was not busy at all. Mount Columbia to Mount Harvard. Intersection-wise – right, then left, then right. Aconcagua mountain page is a child of the 'Aconcagua Group' and the 'Seven Summits.' Mount Harvard is a Colorado 14er and also the fourth highest mountain in the contiguous United States. The long traverse between Harvard and Columbia is a goal of many a 14er ridge walker and would make for a huge day well above 13,000′. Add your hero shot here, Harvard & Columbia in Winter: Jekyll & Hyde, Harvard and Columbia Winter Ascents and Ski Descents - 2011, Mount Harvard Sunrise, Traverse to Columbia, A Fine Day on Mt. Whatever it is, its a nice little capstone on a fun, effortful hike to a great summit. Gradual and slow increase in elevation. Remember, Harvard Lakes TH sends you over Mt. Harvard: Winter Summit Ski Descent. At end of road there is parking, and Restrooms. As of 10/31, any 2WD vehicle can access the trailhead. I am pretty amused by the idea of reviewing a mountain. Hello, I don't really have much else to do right now anyway. Mount Harvard has been a local hiking favorite for over a hundred years. Dogs are also able to use this trail. The trail drops down and crosses the creek over a well built bridge, and then proceeds up … I did the traverse from Harvard to Colombia. This hike features incredible backpacking, stunning views, and a difficult day or overnight track. For example, the Hike. The last half - full mile is awful as route finding is a real issue, but the payoff is worth the struggle! If you see the Silver Lakes TH (for Mt. The ridge between the two is 2.2 miles and requires substantial elevation gain and loss. The last mile was a pretty brutal push. Mt. Started at 6am, hit summit in 3hrs. Start bouldering just to the right of that line and the solution is a zig zag up. Instead, from the west side of the trailhead parking area, locate the only trail and hike it west out of the parking lot. Mount Harvard Trail, Buena Vista, Colorado 81211, United States If it is the 3rd highest peak, it cannot also be only one of the three that rise above 14,400 feet. Watch your route. My 7.5 year old pit bull dog (#VoteYeson2J) and I started at 8am and were back to the car at 3:30pm (with standard breaks and lunch at the summit). Started off with a plan to summit Mt Columbia but no signs posted anywhere (beware, even at the Trailhead) and I missed my turn at a fork in the trail about 4 miles in. Mt Harvard- an early morning hike to the summit to begin my marathon. Columbia first.Three Elk Creek TH See the North Cottonwood TH directions. Got to the trailhead at 6 a.m. with a small handful of parking spots available near the trailhead. The last couple of miles back to the trailhead dragged. Who did this? Oddly, didn’t encounter that many people on the hike. Introduction. But it is also a bashful mountain not visible from roads or towns. There is an amazing forested area and fantastic views above treeline. Camping is permitted on the trails approaching Mt. ... From here, it's a fun class 2+ scramble to the summit of Mt. 16 miles roundtrip. September, 2003: Harvard and Columbia seen from the summit of Missouri Mountain. Elbert, the tallest mountain in Colorado. Stay right for Horn Fork Basin and Bear Lake. Parents refers to a larger category under which an object falls. Columbia”, “Mt. Generally, Mount Harvard is climbed during the summer months of June through September. From the turn at the T intersection onto Chaffee County 361, start to measure. Harvard, Colorado's third-highest peak, seen from the slopes of neighboring Mt Columbia. It is often combined with the neighboring Mount Columbia. parking lot at the trailhead. From Mount Columbia, descend the West Slopes route back to the Horn Fork Basin trail. “ The final stretch of trail from Horn Fork Basin to Mt. Be the first to submit your climbing note! I clocked it at exactly 14 miles RT. Saw about 8 people the entire day. The North Cottonwood Trail approaches Mount Harvard from the south and requires handholds with some exposure near the summit. And their scones… !! That's an OK hike. The third intersection has no sign, only a small cairn. Children refers to the set of objects that logically fall under a given object. I have tried to consider this sentence several ways, but just cannot understand it: "Mt. Consider things such as access and accommodation at the base of Mount Harvard, as … This hike, from the trailhead, is long. No permits or fees are required to climb Mt. The two songs in this video are original songs written and performed by my daughter Evelyn Curtis. Harvard. We turn our headlamps on and begin our journey to the 14,423’ summit of Mt. Our hike of Mt. Massive and Mt. (228), Comments When To Climb. Mt Harvard Summit Markers to commemorate your hike! Go to the right. It’s a green iPhone, if found please call 763-516-8441. Scramble down and head back. Late season wasn’t too bad and we ran into a few who did the full loop and said it was fairly sketchy with snow on one side and very steep climb on the other. The trail becomes very steep, with occasional stone steps and short sections of loose footing and braided trail, eventually topping out on a spectacularly scenic ridgeline at 13,700'. Tossed up a tent and enjoyed the cool breeze and evening air. There must have been 150+ cars at the TH. The mountain itself is massive–although perhaps not quite as massive as Mt. Harvard (in the middle) could go with either arrow. Harvard and on the mountain itself. Otherwise, great views (one of the more interesting Sawatch 14ers in my opinion) and a fun but tiring day. Harvard is often climbed in combination with its neighbor, Mount Columbia. The peak is small and stony but spectacular! First person on top which was a cool experience to be solo for a few. Yale), you have gone .1 miles too far. Went on Tuesday 09/15, there was still some snow and ice which made the rock a bit harder. Full day hike. Harvard is the third highest peak in Colorado and only one of three 14ers within Colorado that rises above 14,400 feet. Mount Harvard Trail is a 14.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Buena Vista, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The founder for the Hundred Peaks Section of the Angeles Chapter of the Sierra Club first hiked this summit in March of 1924 which was the start of his hundred peaks quest. It’s long hike. Super easy to follow trail that starts out gradual and is Class 1 pretty much all the way up to 14,000 feet. Tips Mount Yale is a popular hike, and the Denny Creek trailhead quickly fills up on summer weekends. After this bridge, you'll reach a trail junction. MY HIKING buddies and I pack up our tents and make our way towards the trailhead of Mt. Harvard to reach summit #39 of … The most common hiking route is via the North Cottonwood Creek Trailhead, and round trip our hike was just under 14 miles. The little bouldering problem at the summit is a fun end to the climb up. Awesome trail! Started at 7a got down about 330p. The trail is beautiful through the Horn Fork Basin, and it is a straightforward and mellow hike up to the junction with the path to Bear Lake, which is not signed but is pretty obvious. At 3.8 from the intersection, turn west onto Chaffee County 368 and go 1.2 miles to Chaffee County 368A. And beautiful. Finish was very very long walk once you get to tree line. Contiguous 14ers with 2,000 ft. of Prominence, Routes Locate the trail, walk down to a bridge crossing and follow the excellent trail for 1.4 miles to another bridge - 3. A short climb leads to Bear Lake (12,374-ft.), a starkly beautiful alpine jewel nestled in a rocky bowl beneath the valley’s rugged west ridge. 10/2020. All Rights Reserved. The post are a labor of love and I appreciate your work, and the Summit Post organization for maintaining the service. Mount Harvard Climbing Notes. I'll consider re-writing the text for clarification purposes. Be prepared, it is not a slam dunk. And the traffic. Hike another 2+ miles to tree line at 11,500' where Harvard can be seen ahead - 5. May, 2006: Harvard seen during a hike on Columbia. Great day with big time views. I have never seen a trailhead so crowded with cars. Use the new trail when it’s available, then let the old trail heal itself. Four of the six headed off for the Columbia traverse. "After hiking up Mt. A little under 4 hours up and 2:30 down. Good hiking boots will work fine. Not too far after the last intersection you hit the first boulder field. It hides its mass well. There are many dispersed camp spots in this area. We summited this peak on August 6. Full day hike. This trail travels west into the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness and is an easy access for Kroenke Lake and the Horn Fork Basin below Mt. Trail followed a river of melt water much of the way and it was crystal clear, raging, and beautiful. This route features scenic views of three 14ers, good fishing at Bear Lake, trails above timberline, and rock scrambling at the top of Mt. Trail was clearly marked. Dogs are also able to use this trail. Generally, Mount Harvard … At any rate, what the main text is saying is that there are only 3 peaks in Colorado that are over 14,400'. Leave No Trace practice is mandatory.Remember, you are within the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness. Take lots of water or a filter (a lot of sources). Mount Harvard Overview. Drive 0.4 miles north on US 24 to the junction of Chaffee County 350 and turn left (west). Overview. After that it gets steeper and rockier but its still a clear trail and not especially difficult (yet). The challenge is, at first glance, Mt. Limited snow left on the trail as of 9/20. Winter ascents are possible, however current snow conditions dictate how long the approach to North Cottonwood trailhead is and are usually multi-day outings. Harvard took about 3 hours from camp (we summited shortly before 10am) - not bad for 3.6 miles and 3200 feet of elevation gain. Columbia, turn R and leave trail; head E to begin ascent of Columbia's W slopes. If you're not an avid 14'er climber or you don't live at elevation, I'd suggest a full rest day before hitting this trail. Harvard in complete darkness. Turn west on FS 368 and go .8 miles until you reach the TH at 9,260'. There are 15 14,000 foot peaks in the area. Excellent sandwiches. There is a kiosk sign, so you can't miss it. 2020 SummittersSP member "Who is going to be the first name here for 2020?". Not a lot of places to get water if needed. Harvard is tucked away behind Mt. (2 ), Climbing Harvard and Colombia 15-sep-2005, Congratulations to recent summiters. The trail up this peak is currently devastatingly terrible, but trail work is being done to create a new, sustainable trail. Most of it is just walking a pretty obvious and easy trail, and towards the summit you have a little bit of scrambling. some camp towards the bottom and summit the next day. Awesome hike! Elbert. We are located in San Isabel National Forest, within 2.8 miles of the Colorado Trail and trail heads to Mount Princeton and Mt. Mick’s Tip: If you plan on hiking both Mt Harvard & Mt Columbia, I have a lot of tips for you: On the traverse, follow the trail as best as you can. Mt Harvard via Frenchman Creek is a 6.9 mile one way hike with 4,571 feet accumulated elevation gain. For current mountain conditions contact the Pike & San Isabel National Forest, Leadville Ranger District office, 2015 North Poplar, Leadville, CO 80461, (719)486-0749. At 3.0 miles turn sharply south (left) onto Chaffee County 365, which turns west and enters San Isabel National Forest at 5.4 miles. View Mount Harvard Image Gallery - 188 Images. 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