Peak:  Mt. Columbia (14er)
 Route:  West Slopes
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  Jump Roper
 Date of Info:  11/20/2012
 Date Posted:  11/20/2012

I arrived at the trail-head last night at 6pm. I thought for sure there would be several cars parked at this popular trail-head. To my excitement I was all alone all night and all day today! There was not a sole who use the trail-head for Columbia, Harvard, or for the lakes, it was like the forest was all mine. The trail had a light dusting of snow with little to no ice. I brought my micro-spikes and gators but didn't use them at all. (It seems I often take these two things on 10+ mile hikes in my pack instead of on my feet.) If you are going to take this trail before the next snow I'd leave yours at home. There is only small section about .5 miles before the "not fun" steep part that my shoes did get wet from all the snow but since it was 40 degrees today they dried in a hurry.

It should also be noted that the drive to the trailhead has virtually no snow and neither does anything above treeline.

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