Ascent of Mount Harvard on 2018-06-09

Climber: Benjamin Thomson

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, June 9, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Harvard
    Elevation:14420 ft / 4395 m

Ascent Trip Report

Beautiful June day. Climbed in 6:41 round trip which felt like good time for still pretty early season. Almost 0 snow, amazingly good conditions this early hiking season. Bear lake was mostly frozen and looking cool from above. One of the more scenic Sawatch climbs I can remember. Very easy. mostly dirt trail, really only rocks for a few hundred feet of the vertical.

Road is a bit sketchy, but made it up fairly easy. Parking was full and had to park ~1/2 mile down the road. Started at 10:30 am, but beautiful day meant no real worries. A few clouds but nothing too threatening.

Rode the Peaks trail for the first time the following day.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4600 ft / 1402 m
    Round-Trip Distance:14 mi / 22.5 km
    Route:South Slopes
    Trailhead:N. Cottonwood creek TH  9820 ft / 2993 m
    Grade/Class:Easy class 2
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Hot, Breezy

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