Peak:  Mt. Columbia (14er)
 Route:  West Slopes
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  ulvetano
 Date of Information:  12/15/2012
 Date Posted:  12/15/2012

Happy to report that there is snow in those hills! Summer TH access is good, 6-8in at start of trail, 8-16in, well over knee in the mid-basin area. The west slopes looked to be in great shape. This peak is however becoming a bit of a nemesis to me. It said, 'you shall not pass today!'

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  • Comments or Questions

What's with this peak?!     12/16/2012 02:10
Columbia is a tough one, I had to turn around once before too. Have you tried the SE ridge? There will be snow in the trees but once above tree line it should be mostly windswept.

Good luck.


what made it difficult to pass?     12/18/2012 16:21
thank you for the report. I am thinking of hiking harvard and columbia (camping at horn fork basin) during xmas with a few friends.
Did you stop because of the weather or the snow pack?


Weather     12/20/2012 20:23
It was just very windy and whiteout conditions once I got on the shoulder of the ridge. Then I wimped out and went back to the comfort of the trees.

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