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 Peak(s):  Mt. Harvard  -  14,420 feet
Mt. Columbia  -  14,073 feet
 Post Date:  07/17/2008
 Date Climbed:   07/14/2008
 Posted By:  ksanders

 Mt. Harvard and Mt. Columbia combo   

This hike begins pretty straight forward if you do Harvard first which is recomended. The trail up to Harvard is one of the best I‘ve seen in a while, you would have to really try to lose the trail. However, after leaving harvard things begin to get a little sketchy. the trail becomes unclear and once you start your decent to 12,800ft there‘s basically no trail. We had to find our own way up, which worked out well, though it wasn‘t easy. one piece of advice, keep an eye on the weather, once you leave harvard you‘re basically committed to do columbia, because its on the way and its faster than turning around. we thought the wether would hold out for us and made the commitment only to have our hair literally standing on end when we summitted columbia (not cool). Also, if you find yourself in a bad situation like that and wonder what to do, the columbia trail leaves you completely exposed for quite a while, but you can head down the gulch just southeast of the summit which may be relatively safer, then meet up with the colorado trail which then meets the road to the harvard/columbia trailhead. (taking this route is a lot longer though)
 


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