Peak(s):  Mt. Harvard  -  14,420 feet
Date Posted:  07/17/2008
Date Climbed:   07/05/2008
Author:  jmcgirr47

 Flunked out of Harvard  

Spent 4th of July weekend camping in Pine Creek valley. We climbed Oxford & Belford the day before (nice, very doable...)...and this day we crossed the stream, and hiked up north side.

Considering there really isn‘t any trail, it is pretty easy...only pine trees on this side of mountain and not too thick. Once above tree line, just like Roach says, "large sloping green grass area..."...almost prepared for Judy Andrews & kids from sound of music.

Any way, at 13,500, just as we were to start scrambling up the rock/boulder area....the team regrouped and turned around. Fortunately 1 of the group was not at his best (not hungry or thirsty, going slow....) so we paused and regrouped....then looking around at dark clouds rolling in, we all decided it was best to abort.

Soon thereafter we heard lots of thunder....

Word to the wise: When you have to brief give the "lightening brief (hair on end, proper crouch)"... that‘s not a good place to be!!!

But no lightening..we got down fine...and even got to do boot/skiing for couple hundred yards.


 Comments or Questions
Chris B

Harvard/Pine Creek
07/17/2008 18:17
Did you camp near Little John‘s Cabin and the junction with the S. Pine Creek trail? Any problems crossing the creek? A friend of mine is doing this as a backpacking trip. We did it 3 years ago and crossed via a log over the creek near the mining cabins and then went up S. Pine Creek Trail. He was wondering if he would have any problems with it this summer. Thanks!


Pine Creek
07/17/2008 19:14
I was up there last week and camped about a mile past Little Johns Cabin. A great campsite on the opposite side of the river, and the log bridge is still there in good order.


Camp site in Pine Creek Valley
07/19/2008 13:45
We camped about 1 mile past Little Johnny campsite but still on same side of river.......a very nice site underneath pine trees w/fire pit. There is a log crossing there - but it seemed a bit treacherous so we found one 2-400 yds downstream. As summer progresses (and water lowers) you‘ll find more crossings.

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