Peak(s):  Mt. Harvard  -  14,420 feet
Mt. Columbia  -  14,073 feet
Date Posted:  09/30/2018
Date Climbed:   09/29/2018
Author:  SpringsDuke
 #36 and #37 Mt. Harvard and Mt. Columbia   

#36 and #37 Mt. Harvard and Mt. Columbia. Did the traverse from Harvard to Columbia so was 15 miles and 6100 feet elevation gain. Took 10 hours and 20 mins but the traverse was slower due to climbing with a small black lab. Tough day but worth it cause now Sahwatch Range 14ers are complete!

545am start at the trailhead

The trail junction to Mt. Columbia is seen here. Took me 1 hour 45 mins to reach this point hiking up, and this is the exit I came down later in the day.

Looking back at the Columbia trail junction on the way towards Harvard.

First view of Harvard

Turn right at this junction towards Harvard.
Left goes to Bear Lake.

Trail all the way to Harvard which is in view

Looking back at Columbia and the trail up Harvard we've done so far

Last pitch on Harvard. Not hard but today was very windy, knock you over wind. So it was not comfortable to be exposed.

Mt. Harvard summit views looking back at the route up and Bear Lake.
Looking at the traverse. The wind made me say no but then I saw a small dog in the distance and decided to catch the owner and dog and hike with them to make it more enjoyable.

Starting East in the ridge

Trail still exists for the first hour or so

Sharp point. A trail will take you left to move down to a gully where the wind stopped so was thankful the wind would not be a bother through the talus. That's where I caught the dog and owner and hiked with then the rest of the day. Once in the gully then the trail will take you to the right around the sharp point where the trail will then end shortly after.

Looking back at Harvard

Looking at Colombia and Point 13500 and Point 13490 which is where you drop down off the ridge into the boulder and talus field.

Going down Point 13500 with Colombia and "The Rabbit" in view. We did not see it as a rabbit and called it anything from the howling wolf to Santa pulling his sleigh. But I see the rabbit now looking at the photo lol.

Getting closer to the rabbit, or whatever you want to call it, and Point 13490

Looking back at the bottom of Point 13500 where we turned back towards the ridge

Mt. Columbia back in view

Turn right here and gain the last ridge to Columbia. The wind was again intense till the summit.

Mountain dog. Lots of dogs on Columbia when we got up there but this little lab did the traverse. The traverse will take longer with a dog.

Columbia summit views looking at Bear Lake and the Harvard trail

Looking back at the traverse

Leaving Columbia follow the trail the the west slopes.

Going down the terrible washed out trail everyone complains about. Saw the new trail being built and it will be a major improvement.

Looking back at Columbia washed out west slopes.

Bridge back at trailhead to end a long day.

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Comments or Questions
Nice report
10/03/2018 20:06
Great report, thanks for photos and info. Planning to hike it tomorrow. I like the Santa's sleigh moniker.

Thanks and Good Luck!
10/03/2018 20:12
But its time for you to sleep now!

Awesome Photos!
03/25/2020 08:51
Thanks for the report, it is the information I was looking for, as 2020 hiking season draws close. (If the Parks are not closed due to the Covid19 virus ) I am going to camp at Bear Lake and hike Harvard and Columbia the following morning. Congratulations on your 14er success.

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