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 Peak:  Mt. Harvard
 Route:  South Slopes
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  wmanke13
 Date of Info:  6/2/2024
 Date Posted:  6/3/2024

Left N Cottonwood Creek TH around 5:15. Intermittent snow (mostly dry though) from TH to about 10,800 where it became continuous. Trail is fully snow covered from ~10,800 to the first steep section up the shoulder where there are some dry patches of trail. From the top of the shoulder through the next steep section to the ridge, pretty much continuous snow. Once you hit the ridge, intermittent snow to the top. I thought the summit pitch was a blast, and did not seem frightening in the slightest, even with snow mixed in. Summitted a little after 9:30. Descent was fine until I got to the bottom of the shoulder, and included a great glissade. From there to treeline, it was a postholing nightmare without snowshoes. Despite condition report on 5/27, I highly recommend bringing snowshoes if you plan on being above treeline after 9:00-9:30. Surprisingly, snow was more supportive in the trees than above them (better packed trail I suppose).

Shoutout to the 4 snowshoers who passed me and consolidated a path for me when I needed it most, and congrats on your summit.

To the two skiers, I hope you two made it and had a fun, safe ride down. I posted a couple cool photos of yall.

#1) South to Yale#2) Skiers approaching shoulder#3) South to Yale from top of shoulder (skiers visible lower left)#4) South to Yale from near summit ridge (skiers visible right of center)#5) Summit with Elks in background

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