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harvard columbia water source for camping

Postby canuckcowboy » Mon Jul 29, 2013 8:52 am

we are headed out to hike the columbia to harvard route tonight\tomorrow; and plan on camping in horn fork basin where the trail splits. My question is how much water I need to carry to camp, or if there is a good water source to purify near camp? Any beta would be appreciated, I imagine that there are several lakes and creeks, but dont want to make the wrong assumption and ruin the trip.
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Re: harvard columbia water source for camping

Postby ezabielski » Mon Jul 29, 2013 9:07 am

canuckcowboy wrote:we are headed out to hike the columbia to harvard route tonight\tomorrow; and plan on camping in horn fork basin where the trail splits. My question is how much water I need to carry to camp, or if there is a good water source to purify near camp? Any beta would be appreciated, I imagine that there are several lakes and creeks, but dont want to make the wrong assumption and ruin the trip.


While I don't know specifically what the water situation was at the junction, there was a lot of water along the entire Harvard/Columbia combo when I was there a month ago. You could have done the hike with a tin cup for water. In general, you should be close to water until you leave the willows.
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Re: harvard columbia water source for camping

Postby Jim Davies » Mon Jul 29, 2013 9:51 am

The trail parallels a creek all the way to timberline. You might have to walk a few hundred feet down through the willows to get there from the trail.
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Re: harvard columbia water source for camping

Postby michaelgrundy » Mon Jul 29, 2013 9:53 am

My buddy and I were in there on Saturday and there is plenty of water in the streams near the junction. We carried about a liter to get in from the trailhead (I drink a lot of water) and once we got there, we filled out camelbaks with whatever we wanted (I carried 4 liters for the Columbia/Harvard combo - as I mentioned, I drink a lot of water).

Whatever you choose to carry, you will be good for filling up at the junction.
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Re: harvard columbia water source for camping

Postby canuckcowboy » Mon Jul 29, 2013 10:21 am

thanks all. great info. Be well.
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