Peak:  Mt. Harvard (14er)
 Route:  From Pine Creek
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  Exiled Michigander
 Date of Info:  06/21/2011
 Date Posted:  06/23/2011

The north slopes route from Pine Creek is clear of snow except for a few small pockets of snow near the summit. We did not use snowshoes, crampons, or even microspikes. The standard route via Horned Fork Basin still looks very snowy, and a climber we met on the summit confirmed a considerable amount of postholing via that route. Nevertheless, he also reached the summit without snowshoes.

Although the north slopes route is snow-free, don't enter into it lightly. It requires a lot of bushwhacking and pathfinding and took us about 11 hours from Little John's Cabin on Pine Creek.

Images 1 and 2 were taken hiking up the north ridge. Image 3 was taken from the summit looking down into the Horned Fork Basin. Image 4 is of the connecting ridge from Harvard to Columbia.

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

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