Summary: From the trailhead follow the obvious path west along North Cottonwood Creek. After a mile and a half the trail will cross to the north side of the stream and take you into the Horn Fork Basin along Horn Fork Creek. The trail is well traveled and easy to follow. As you near treeline there are many established camping sites and this trip makes a great overnighter. About 3/4 of a mile after treeline you will come to an intersection labeled for Bear Lake. This is a great short side trip to go see this Lake. It rests above some large cliffs with a great view of Mt. Yale. The rest of the trip to the summit is steeper, but still the trail is in good shape. The last 50 feet of the hike takes a little scrambling to get up some rocks but as long as you choose your route carefully it is fairly easy.
Trailhead: From the Stoplight in Buena Vista head north on highway 24 to Crossman Avenue and take left. Follow Crossman until you come to a T in the road. Turn right. The road will soon curve left and then back right. When it curves right there is a sharp left for County road 365. Take County road 365 to its end at the parking lot for North Cottonwood Trailhead. (Lat:38.87083 Lon:-106.2667)
Trail Guides for Mount Harvard:
by Gerry Roach (Fulcrum Publishing)
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Summer,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Horses,
Ranger Contact: San Isabel National Forest 719-553-1400 (main office)
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Joshua Friesema, who has posted 97 other hikes on this site. To visit this reporters web site, click here.
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Reviewed by TBM on 3/27/2007
I have climbed this mountain 6 or 7 times over the last 30+ years. Try sleeping above timberline in the valley NNE of Bear Lake.
Reviewed by sm on 4/18/2006
The hike to base camp is long but not too difficult. If you hit good weather on the summit it is pretty easy. But don't got cought in the snow.
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