|Peak:||Mt. Harvard (14er)|
|Date of Information:||07/16/2011|
went up today. muddy and lots of water on trail (above timber), you have 2 choices
1) stay on trail with waterproof boots and not ruin tundra
2) go off trail, stay dry regardless of boots, ruin tundra
honestly, i think #1 is correct, but perhaps deep mudprints impact the trail more than non-mudprints impact the tundra? I have no idea, it's your judgment call. I chose #1.
stream crossings are high but passable if you are both patient and stable... else they may be an issue
snow is easy to go up on, but if you want to keep the environment in tact, you should probably glissade on the way down (as the up-snow route is probably off-trail and you'll be trouncing the greens and wildflowers to go around the schnee). It's quite steep in the "snowfields", but I'd guess that'll be gone in a week or two.
Is this mid-July or late-May? Tough to tell... But happy to call it "late-July" if that means more snowboarding days than hiking/climbing days!! To each his or her own. Ala Presto: happy trails (to all)...