Mt Harvard and Columbine Traverse

Collegiate Peaks Wilderness Area, Colorado

Elevation Gain3,219ft
Trailhead Elevation14,412ft
Elevation Min/Max12798/14412ft
Elevation Start/End14412/14412ft

Mt Harvard and Columbine Traverse

Mt. Harvard and Columbine Traverse is a hiking trail in , Colorado. It is within Collegiate Peaks Wilderness Area. It is 2.5 miles long and begins at 14,412 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,219 feet. The trail ends near Mount Columbia (elevation 14,058 feet) and Mount Harvard (elevation 14,406 feet). This trail connects with the following: Mount Columbia West Slopes, Frenchman Creek Trail 1457, Mt. Harvard South Face and Mt. Harvard South Slopes.

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Colorado Scrambles: A Guide to 50 Select Climbs in Colorado's Mountains (Colorado Mountain Club Press)
Dave Cooper
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"One of the famous “fourteener traverses,” the Harvard-Columbia ridge is also one of the longest. This traverse is typically accomplished by dropping down on the east side of the ridge several hundred feet and walking across relatively flat tundra. However, scramblers can make this traverse much more interesting by staying on or near the ridge crest. How much you deviate from the top of the ridge will depend on what level of difficulty you desire. There are always options, including quite technical routes near the famous “Rabbits”. Most scramblers will be happy to bypass this section and keep the climbing at no more than a fourth class level. The route is described as a one day climb from the car. This is certainly doable, but many parties prefer to establish a camp in Horn Fork Basin. Breaking up the route like this shortens the climb and reduces the chances of being caught in the middle of the ridge by bad weather (as I have been). I just hate to encourage more impact on the heavily used Horn Fork Basin. Use your judgment about the weather and your speed." Read more

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Trail Information

Collegiate Peaks Wilderness Area
Nearby City
Collegiate Peaks Wilderness Area
Skill Level
San Isabel National Forest, Leadville Ranger District, Collegiate Peaks Wilderness
Local Contacts
USGS Mount Yale, USGS Mount Harvard
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Dec 2018