Mount Harvard

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Mount Harvard is the third highest peak in Colorado. It is located in the central Sawatch Mountains in the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness Area. The largest concentration of 14,000-foot peaks is in this area, including Harvard, Columbia, Oxford, Yale, Huron, Missouri, and Belford. Harvard is connected to Columbia (14,073 ft.) by a long, sharp ridge, and the two mountains are often climbed together.

Elevation (feet): 14,420
Elevation (meters): 4,390
Continent: North America
Country: United States
Range/Region: Sawatch Range
State: Colorado
Latitude: 38.9244
Longitude: -106.32
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Year first climbed: 1869
First successful climber(s): W.M. Davis and S. Sharpless
Nearest major airport: Denver, Colorado
Convenient Center: Leadville, Colorado

Trip Reports

There are 57 trip reports for Mount Harvard.

  • Log #2765 - by Alex Rochette on Oct 24, 20043.00 stars
    Part of a three day trip: 7/11/2004 - Mt Elbert 7/12/2004 - Mt Massive 7/13/2004 - Mt Harvard I soloed all the climbs, each time the most direct route. I felt great the first two days... very tired...
  • Log #2767 - by Kirk Reimer on Oct 26, 20043.00 stars
    Don't get to angry over the false peaks of the mountain
  • Log #2768 - by Paul Read on Oct 24, 20043.00 stars
    My first climb and of course, my first fourteener. Sep. 11 was a PERFECT day. Not a cloud in the sky until just before we summited at around 12:45 pm. Then just a few wisps of white.
  • Log #2769 - by Brent Farlie on Sep 22, 20043.00 stars
    Crystal clear day with very little wind, perfect summit day. Was to do Mount Yale the following day but weather came in and we had rain off and on (more on than off) through the following day and...
  • Log #2770 - by Russ Ostermann on Sep 03, 20043.00 stars
    Great weather ... great view. We backpacked in Horn Fork Basin on Thursday the 12th & camped for 2 days right below the tree line. Summited on Friday morning.
  • Log #2771 - by Shanna on Aug 16, 20043.00 stars
    LONG DAY! Excellent hike - this was my 1st 14er.
  • Log #2772 - by Craig Powell on Aug 15, 20043.00 stars
    I started at the Pine Creek Trailhead and hiked in to Little John's Cabin, which provided a beautiful spot to camp. I then used the South Pine Creek Trail to gain access to the north ridge, which I...
  • Log #2773 - by Liba Hardekopf on June 01, 20043.00 stars
    Still a lot of snow at the basin under the Columbia and Harvard. I had to crawl this section. Difficult ascent with so much snow. I wished to have snow shoes with me.
  • Log #2774 - by James Taylor on Sep 15, 20033.00 stars
    Hiked in to treeline on Saturday in the snow and fog. Woke up early on Sunday and the sky was clear. Beautiful day in shorts! Summit was hardly windy.
  • Log #2775 - by Matt Loscalzo on Sep 13, 20033.00 stars
    Bagged Columbia first, over the Rabbits then on to Harvard. Bring a rope if you plan on traversing over the ridge, as well as getting the obvious early alpine start. Made for a long day, but not...
  • Log #2776 - by Mark Copeland on Sep 11, 20033.00 stars
    Hiked up into Horn Fork Basin on Friday night; camped at treeline. The hike from here was beautiful. While in the basin, you're surrounded by gorgeous views in every direction. The scrambling from...
  • Log #2777 - by Larry Boyd on Sep 08, 20033.00 stars
    Finally made it on my 3rd attempt. Turned back on previous 2 due to weather (snow/lightning). Began hiking at 0500 and summitted around 1100. Had some minor difficulty actually getting to the summit...
  • Log #2778 - by Dave Cheedle on Aug 25, 20033.00 stars
    Saw a few marmots, and a lot of crickets, and ground squirrel type animals with lots of plants in their big fat cheeks. Had a great time, and camped the night before just below treeline. Stashed our...
  • Log #2779 - by Larry on Aug 19, 20033.00 stars
    My son and I and 2 friends summited. It's a nice peak. However the weather was deteriorating and one of my friends descended the wrong side of the peak. We didn't know what had happened to her and...
  • Log #2780 - by CHAD YATES on Aug 18, 20033.00 stars
    Met 3 buddies from the front range at 5:30. Drove road 386 in the dark to the trailhead of Frenchman Creek. This turned out to be much less traveled than the Horn Fork Basin which showed the way to...
  • Log #2782 - by William Slattery on June 25, 20033.00 stars
    Accompanied by Price Slattery, Michael Slattery, and Charlie Teague. Not accompanied by Jim Sadwith, who attended Harvard, and who talked the rest of us into the climb, and who hiked away suddenly...
  • Log #2783 - by Stevens High Venture Club on Dec 17, 20023.00 stars
    What a great hike. Great views. We will definitely have to come back again...
  • Log #2784 - by Adam Wallin on Oct 14, 20023.00 stars
    snow makes this climb very, very hard. If you plan on doing the harvard/columbia combination start very early. harvard alone took me 8 1/2 hours and I am a fast climber! it might even be better to...
  • Log #2785 - by Ryan Badtke on Sep 14, 20023.00 stars
    It was a really nice hike, with great views of Missouri, Belford, Oxford, and Huron. Took the ridge over to Columbia. There actually is some fun technical moves for the Sawatch range. E-mail me if...
  • Log #2786 - by Vaso Bjegovich on Sep 02, 20023.00 stars
    Great view. The best scenery in Colorado. Great hike to backpack in for and spend a weekend. Lots of 14er's in area.
  • Log #2787 - by Kipp Miles on Aug 31, 20023.00 stars
    Backpacked up Pine creek trail to Harry Littlejohns cabin. Left camp at 4:00 am and hiked up South Pine creek trail until we reached top of ridge. Headed Southwes towards summit. Summited at 10:00am...
  • Log #2788 - by Brittany Crow on Aug 31, 20023.00 stars
    Great views at the peak but unpredictable weather so be prepared for anything. If you want to climb Columbia in conjunction with Harvard get an early start.
  • Log #2789 - by Rich Wendling on Feb 15, 20023.00 stars
    My first mountain! Backpacked in with scouts from BSA Troop 332 of Hurst, Texas.
  • Log #2790 - by Gretchen on Feb 12, 20023.00 stars
    Harvard was awesome!! Didn't get to peak because there were some wicked looking clouds coming. We were chased by hail on the way down. I climbed Oxford and Belford too, but I liked harvard better...
  • Log #2791 - by Fredrik Sjoquist on Oct 30, 20013.00 stars
    Nice hike with a terrific view from the summit.
  • Log #2792 - by Tom & Becky Bird on Oct 29, 20013.00 stars
    Went up a non-standard route (from the northeast from Pine Creek Trailhead). Hiked in 4.7 miles to Colorado Trail junction and set up backcountry camp on 22nd. Hiked west up Missouri basin to Lil...
  • Log #2793 - by B T Russell on Aug 17, 20013.00 stars
    I took the girlfriend out on a trip with me...we backpacked into bear lake area and set up camp just below the tree line...we got a late start (9am) and didn't summit until caught in an...
  • Log #2794 - by Carla on Aug 06, 20013.00 stars
    Climbed with Al, Michelle, and Zach, we knew after the first 4 miles of practically no climb that the last 2 would be killer! The last summit pitch was a grunt, almost straight up the mountain and no...
  • Log #2795 - by Sarah Slagter on July 31, 20013.00 stars
    This was definitely one of the greatest 14er's I've summitted!!! It was an incredible hike, and we probably should have turned back when we saw clouds rising from the ground and then we couldn't see...
  • Log #2796 - by Kenneth Arnold on July 23, 20013.00 stars
    This is one of the most exciting things I have ever done! The view was incredible! This was my first time to ever climb a mountain, let alone a 14,000 type. My Christian brothers John Byrne and Scott...
  • Log #2797 - by Tom on July 02, 20013.00 stars
    Great hike up the North Cottonwood trail until just below the summit. Easy and beautiful. The last little bit was a bit more difficult (probably class II+ to III) than I expected, but well worth it.
  • Log #2798 - by David Perkins on Mar 22, 20013.00 stars
    Had some rain on the hike in, but it cleared into a beautiful afternoon. The Horn Fork Basin is awesome. Harvard was pretty easy, couldn't get to Columbia because of weather. Not a bad climb, only...
  • Log #2799 - by Justin on Mar 21, 20013.00 stars
    The assent to the summit of Mt. Harvard was truly the event of my lifetime! I climbed it at the age of 12 and I want to go back soon. I'm considering going back up this summer for my senior trip. It...
  • Log #2800 - by Matt Kirk on Nov 03, 20003.00 stars
    Greetings 14er climbers and enthusiasts. I just wanted to let everyone know that there should be a 14ers forum coming soon at If you have the time, please come by and...
  • Log #2801 - by Jarrett Luttrell on Oct 25, 20003.00 stars
    Start early if you are chasing rabbits, as it will likely be a 12hr day. I'll recomend the ridge crest to climbers who've had prior experince. It compairs to traverses found on Capitol or Wilson /...
  • Log #2802 - by David Meyer on Oct 24, 20003.00 stars
    I have not climbed this peak, yet, but it sounds like it is easy going until you hit close to the top. Here you have to do some bouldering. Check out www.fourteeners.
  • Log #2803 - by Adam Moats on July 20, 20003.00 stars
    I volunteered with CFI in August 1999 to help restore the eroded trail leading up to the summit. It was a great experience and I encourage anyone, hiker or non-hiker, to get involved with CFI to help...
  • Log #2804 - by Eric Simmons on July 16, 20003.00 stars
    Quite amazing and frightening at that. We headed strait into a lightning and hail storm on the ridge above the frozen lake. We didn't know for sure if we should continue, but something kept us...
  • Log #2805 - by Jon Bradford on July 10, 20003.00 stars
    The 8th fourteener climbed in two weeks. Spent a soggy night a couple miles up from the north cottonwood trailhead. The hike itself is beautiful. Incomming thunderstorms prevented the traverse to...
  • Log #2806 - by Andy Crocker on June 15, 20003.00 stars
    Absolutely Beautiful!!! I loved it!!!
  • Log #2807 - by Carl E. Helton on June 15, 20003.00 stars
    Psalm 63, Hebrews 12:1-3 I will seek You in the morning And I will learn to walk in Your ways And step by step You'll lead me And I will follow You all of my days Oh God, You are my God...
  • Log #2808 - by Jim Mallory on Apr 28, 20003.00 stars
    I did both Harvard & Columbia on this hike. It was a long day, but fun. The hike took me 13 hours to do. This was my first hike where I had to hike out in the dark.
  • Log #2809 - by Isaiah Jay on Mar 31, 20003.00 stars
    sweet climb, and I nice view of Columbia
  • Log #2810 - by David Hatchet Dyer on Feb 13, 20003.00 stars
    North Cottonwood trail is great. Horn Fork Basin is spectacular. The summit view is the best I've ever seen.
  • Log #2811 - by Cagan Sekercioglu on Jan 06, 20003.00 stars
    Great mountain. It was a good feeling to summit my alma mater
  • Log #2812 - by Tyler McKee on Nov 08, 19993.00 stars
    My first mountain of 14,000ft. I'm hooked. going to Orizaba for Christmas.
  • Log #2813 - by Rob Eulenstein on Sep 17, 19993.00 stars
    Beautiful hike, about 6 miles from parking area. Mostly class I, with a little Class II/II+ right at the top. Very nice and clearly marked trail the entire way. Summit is small and airy.
  • Log #2814 - by Jim Thompson on June 29, 19993.00 stars
    I camped where the trail splits for Columbia and Harvard. Nice camping except for the mosquitos. Easy climb except for minor class three scrambling at the top. Clouds filled the valleys to the...
  • Log #2815 - by Rob Walters on June 11, 19993.00 stars
    Did it in about 6 hours camp to camp. There is a sport climbing area just before you get to the trailhead. There are about 5 routes that go from 5.9 to 5.11c.
  • Log #2816 - by Carolyn E. Goralczyk on Feb 27, 19993.00 stars
    This was my very first experience doing any backpacking of any sort and I was only 16 at the time. We took up a group of about 20 people from the Adventure Unlimited Senior Camp. Talk about some...
  • Log #2817 - by Kirk Mallory on Feb 07, 19993.00 stars
    This was my 19th Colordo fourteener. I climbed this with Chad Groce. We backpacked in four about an hour, and then started early the next morning. We hike through the scenic Horn Fork Basin and on to...
  • Log #2819 - by Cagan Sekercioglu on Jan 14, 19993.00 stars
    Great climb, incredible scenery. Harvard rocks.
  • Log #2820 - by Robert Norris on Nov 24, 19983.00 stars
    Trail is well maintained and very pretty, nice view from summit.
  • Log #18753 - by Chris Tacheny on Feb 14, 20063.00 stars
    We left for the peak in the early morning and the weather was beatiful. As we approached the summit the wind picked up and a storm blew in and it started to snow, but the view was great
  • Log #20570 - by greg Gooch on Jan 02, 20073.00 stars
    Pretty easy climb. The climb over to Columbia, not so much. Eat your wheaties if your climbing both in one day.
  • Log #20847 - by Patrick L. Lilly on June 27, 20073.00 stars
    Climbed via Horn Fork Basin from the N. Cottonwood Creek TH with daughter Trisha. A repeat climb of my 4th fourteener for me, and new #25 for her. A beautiful morning; we went on to climb Mt.
  • Log #21587 - by Edgar Gertsch on Feb 04, 20093.00 stars
    One of the most awesome experiences of my life!