Peak:  Mt. Harvard (14er)
 Route:  South Slopes
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  gprandall
 Date of Info:  06/10/2011
 Date Posted:  06/12/2011

I hiked in to Horn Fork Basin on Thursday, June 9, and camped at about 11,580 feet. From approximately 11,000 feet up, the trail up Horn Fork Basin is invisible under 1-3 feet of snow. Some climbers are still using snowshoes, which could be useful for traveling after 12 noon or so. In the early morning, the snowpack was frozen hard enough to walk on, punching in occasionally. There is a fairly packed track up to the Mount Columbia turnoff. As of when I walked out yesterday (Saturday, June 12) not enough people had gone up to Mt. Harvard when the snow was soft to pack in a track. The last 800 feet up the south ridge of Mt. Harvard is largely snow-free. I used crampons and an ice ax for the steep slopes heading up to the south ridge, but it was well before sunrise on a cold night, so the snow was frozen hard.

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