At 14,420 feet, Mount Harvard is the 3rd highest peak in Colorado and one of the many peaks in the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness. A companion peak to Mount Columbia, Harvard is accessable from North Cottonwood, Pine Creek, Frenchman Creek, Three Elk Creek or Harvard Lakes Trailheads. The most popular of these is the Horn Fork Basin Route, which is 6.5 miles long with a 4,400 feet elevation gain.
From Leadville, travel south oun U.S. Hwy 24 to Buena Vista. Then take Chaffee County Roads 350 and 365 west for 10 miles to the North Cottonwood Trailhead. From the trailhead, follow the North Cottonwood Trail west. At the Kroenke Lake / Hornfork Basin junction, veer right towards Hornfork Basin and Bear Lake. The climbing route cuts off prior to Bear Lake and ascends Harvard's south slopes. Follow the cairned route to the summit. Descend along the same route.
For more information, please see the Mount Harvard Information sheet.
At a Glance
||Leadville and Buena Vista, Colorado
From Leadville, travel south on U.S. Hwy 24 to Buena Vista. Then Take Chaffee County Roads 350 and 365 west for 10 miles to the North Cottonwood Trailhead.