Peak(s):  Mt. Harvard  -  14,420 feet
Mt. Columbia  -  14,073 feet
Date Posted: 
Date Climbed:   07/17/2005
Author:  ursidae
 Harvard & Columbia from North Cottonwood Creek July 17,  

16 miles total. Started from the trailhead at 5:05 and summited Harvard at 8:40, great trail all the way, just a tiny snowfield at the top on the trail. Tons of horsepoop until 13k though... Went from Harvard down to 12300 in the valley north of Columbia to avoid rockhopping, was getting a tad tired so figured easy is good (found an old miners wheelbarrow in seemingly good condition at the bottom of the valley). No discernable trail (with the exceptions of cairns leading straight in to the loose rockfields and the class way up there needle points on the saddle) so I followed the grass around the rocks and up to Columbia and summited at 11:47. Took the scree avoidance route per the map in down to the main trail and was back at the trailhead after wading through the horsepoop again by 15:08. Great day but definitely on the very tiring side, while heading up the side of Columbia I dont think I have ever seen grass that inviting for a long nap... Plenty of campsites along the main trail however not that many people on the summits. Did I mention all the horsepoop on the trail?

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