Peak:  Mt. Columbia (14er)
 Route:  standard and part of southwest coulior
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  Stiffler_from_Denver
 Date of Info:  06/09/2013
 Date Posted:  06/10/2013

The standard route up to Columbia is opened for business. No snowshoes required. There are some good dry camping spots about 3.3 miles from the trailhead. There was some snow on the main trail but it has been packed down. The southwest couloir is fading fast. We packed crampons to do the SW couloir but the warm conditions made us leery of the conditions. We did the majority of our climb up the standard route then slid over to the couloir at 13,200 and climbed the couloir to the ridge. The conditions of the upper part of the couloir at 8 AM were pretty good. Im not too sure about the lower part of the couloir.

Im hoping to post some pictures shortly, send me a PM if you want more info! Happy to help.

Photo 1: West Slope (standard up Columbia)
Photo 2: Lower section of SW coulior
photo 3: Ridge to Harvard and Horn Fork Basin
photo 4: ridge at 13,600 loooking at Columbia Summit

Photos (click for slideshow):
Image #1Image #2Image #3Image #4

 Comments or Questions

Nice work!
06/10/2013 22:50
Hope you had fun!


06/11/2013 17:21
Which trailhead did you start from and which route did you take? I haven't done Columbia yet and was thinking of doing it via the West Slope from N. Cottonwood Creek TH this weekend. Thanks!


06/12/2013 16:30
I did the standard route from N. Cottonwood Creek. While on the west slopes, we stayed farther south (right) which seemed to avoid some scree and got us closer to the SW coulior which we ascended with crampons the last 300 feet to the ridge. The road is in good condition, we had no trouble getting to TH with a low clearance vehicle.

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