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 Peak:  Mt. Harvard
 Route:  South Slopes
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  apfox500
 Date of Info:  6/15/2024
 Date Posted:  6/16/2024
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The beginning part of the hike is pretty clear, with snowfields starting around 11,200', increasing in size as you continue up. Most of the snow you can go around and find the trail after if you really need to. The peak itself is clear of snow. I didn't bring snowshoes and for the ascent they weren't needed, for the decent they might be nice to help with the slush but you would be taking them on and off so often. I started from horn fork basin around 6:30 and summitted in two hours. Would recommend bringing gaiters, but micro spikes/yak-tracks wouldn't be helpful.


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bangerth
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6/16/2024 4:55pm
I was there the day before and found the decaying snow drifts in the middle third of the route equally miserable. I hauled snowshoes all the way up, and so decided to use it on the continuous snow bands to the west of the route in the middle third on the way down, but in the end don't think that that actually saved time and/or aggravation. You just have to be prepared to deal with soft snow one way or the other.

I will note that the snow fields below the saddle south of the summit can be glissaded.



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