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Mount Harvard, Buena Vista

#5 of 6 in Nature in Chaffee County
Mountain · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Mount Harvard is the third highest summit of the Rocky Mountains of North America and the U.S. state of Colorado. The prominent 14,421-foot (4395.6 m) fourteener is the highest summit of the Collegiate Peaks and the fourth highest summit in the contiguous United States. Mount Harvard is located in the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness of San Isabel National Forest, 11.7 miles (18.9 km) northwest by west (bearing 304°) of the Town of Buena Vista in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. The summit of Mount Harvard is the highest point in Chaffee County and is higher than any point in the United States east of its longitude. The mountain was named in honor of Harvard University.
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  • The North Cottonwood Trail approaches Mount Harvard from the south and requires handholds with some exposure near the summit. Frenchman Creek Trail approaches from the east, intersecting with the...  more »
  • Accessed from the Cottonwood Creek Trailhead, it is about 14 miles to the summit and back. It can be done in a day if you start really early. Any of the “14ers” require the ability to handle the...  more »
  • Challenging hike, did the loop starting with Columbia, amazing experience though! Would absolutely do it again!
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