Ascent of Mount Harvard on 2020-06-07

Climber: Whiley Hall

Others in Party:Marisa Watson
Garrett Mitchell
Ben Feinstein
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, June 7, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Harvard
    Elevation:14420 ft / 4395 m

Ascent Trip Report

Mt. Harvard, 13374, & 13580C:

Shuttle system route with cars at Frenchman Creek TH & at North Cottonwood Creek TH (both 2wd to where we started/ended).
Frenchman Creek TH is gated and closed to vehicles from March 15-June 30 for elk mating... This adds 3.25 miles & +1,700 ft one-way (basically have to start all the way from Hwy 24).

I think the route is best done in the same order we chose: start from Frenchman Creek TH —> turn right at the Colorado Trail (2nd creek crossing) —> take ridgeline through the Forest off-trail to treeline and continue to follow the ridge to 13,374 (Aka Harvey Junior) —> from Harvey Jr it’s a C2 ridge traverse to Big Papa Harvard —> ridge route to the soft ranked Peak 13,580 C (aka Harvster III).

Our ascent route along the ridge to Harvster III had two minor C4 downclimbs and some easy C3 scrambling and using grassy ledges to traverse along the ridge on mostly solid/stable rock. C4 might be avoidable with less snow. And it should be noted this peak can be kept at C2 from various other routes. Our descent route was all C2 on a mix of talus & tundra.

After descending Harvster III we aimed for the Harvard Trail while weaving in & out of the few remaining snow patches down to the North Cottonwood Creek Trailhead.
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GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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