Peak(s):  Mt. Columbia  -  14,073 feet
Date Posted:  07/13/2020
Date Climbed:   07/12/2020
Author:  jojoaccardi
 Beautiful Mountain with a few twists and turns   

I was very excited to climb this peak but had some apprehension from previous reports about the unstable footing towards the top. Mt. Columbia is beautiful, lush, full of wild flowers and of course amazing views.
We left Denver aroun 4am, started the hike at 7am, much later than I wanted to. Lost of parking spots at the trailhead. The 3 mile road leading to the trailhead is rocky with a few spots of bid divets. I have a suburu crosstrek which did great but honestly I think a sedan could handle it just fine. You would just need to go slow and be creative around some spots. This trail has a very gently approach, don't worry you make up for it later in the hike. You walk through a lush forest for about 4 miles. Not much steep climbing in there. There a few signs in there, none of which say Mt. Columbia. There was one sign that had "harvard" hand written on it and that is also the direction you need to go in for Columbia (pic below). There are then two more spots where you have to turn right, no signs. The last one had cairns placed (pic). The new stairs are a dream. Makes the climb so much easier. I am so appreciative of all the hard work that it must have taken to accomplish that. Once the stairs end there is steep terrain with loose dirt and rock. I did slide a few times. There are a few false summits (like usual) and lots of rocks to climb over. There are some spots where there does not seem to be an actual path but really it all leads to the same place. I did a lot fo my journey towars the right outer ledge like previously suggested from another climber. The top has plenty of places to sit, enjoy the view, talk with other climbers and of course eat a snack. The wildflowers were just so beautufil. The views of other peaks like Harvard, Yale, Princeton and more is spectacular. I met a few people who had down the traverse from and to Harward, all of them said it was quite challenging. While this is a long day, again the approach and then of course the end of your hike is gentle which was a delight.

OH ONE MORE THING! BRING BUG SPRAY

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20346_01Nice gentle approach



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Turn right here


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First false summit


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Comments or Questions
yaktoleft13

Carons
07/13/2020 14:39
A new way of marking trails! Does he just stand there and point?



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