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 Peak:  Mt. Harvard
 Route:  South Slopes
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  Zleisure
 Date of Info:  6/8/2024
 Date Posted:  6/9/2024
Details

Bring snowshoes. Booted from start to ~10.9k. Between 10.4-10.8k trail is quite wet/a stream from all the runoff. Snowshoed 10.9k, when snow starts in trees, to base of the scree ~12.6k. Booted from base of scree to shoulder (12.6k->13k). Snowshowed: 13k->13.7k. Booted 13.7k to summit. Started at 4:17am, just over 5 hrs to summit. Snow is melting out and can be supportive in some spots through the trees and even in the basin above treeline, but you should definitely bring snowshoes, esp for the way out when it's a posthole/slushfest. By 9am, the snow along the steep section ~13.4-13.8k was already corn/soft. I was happy to have poles on the way down as it was so soft and slippery between 13.4-13.8k.


#1) Typical trail with snow through trees#2) ~11.2k#3) ~11.7k Horn fork snow bridge stream crossing#4#5) ~12.6k Looking at base of scree#6) ~13k Shoulder#7#8#9#10) Looking N at Belford & Oxford#11) Final pitch#12#13#14


Comments or Questions
Jcinco
Any pics
6/9/2024 2:20pm
of Harvard and Columbia from the Basin?


Zleisure
pics uploaded
6/9/2024 2:35pm
Just uploaded some pics. hope they help


Jcinco
Awesome
6/9/2024 2:45pm
Looks like the snow is holding out just enough to make it worthwhile to bring skis. Thanks!


dsabau
any dry place to put a tent
6/9/2024 4:39pm
Thanks for the report. We were planning to camp in the basin, around tree line in a week. Any dry places there or still completely snow covered? Thanks again.


Zleisure
re: dry tent place
6/10/2024 1:40pm
I think it'd be nearly impossible to find a dry spot at tree line. Everything is still pretty snow covered



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