Harvard Lakes Trailhead
Added by BillMiddlebrook

Location:  Sawatch Range
14ers Served:  Mt. Harvard, Mt. Columbia, Mt. Yale
Road Type:  2WD, rough dirt road 2   (0=Paved, 6=Very Difficult 4WD)
Rough 2WD dirt to the TH.
Directions:  Turn west on County Road (CR) 350 (Crossman Ave.) near the center of Buena Vista. This road is less than 1/2 mile north of the stoplight in the center of town. Continue on CR 350 for 2 miles and turn right onto CR 361. After almost 1 mile, turn left onto CR 365 (dirt). Continue on this road for 3.4 miles to the marked trailhead. This small trailhead is just 0.1 mile before the larger Silver Creek Trailhead (Mt. Yale). Approximately the last 1.5 miles is easy 4WD.
Winter Access:  Closed near 9,200 feet.
Date Status Information Posted By  Photos  Comments Likes Dislikes    
2015-07-18 Road has deteriorated in the last month, and there are now washed out and eroded sections in the last 1.5 miles to the trailhead. I was still able to make it in a toyota corolla, so any car is probably fine for now unless it continues to get worse. Tornadoman         
2015-06-20 Easily made trailhead in Toyota Corolla. A few semi-rough spots and a couple potholes, but any vehicle should be fine for this road. Tornadoman         
2015-05-29 Although there has been a lot of snow in May, the road from Buena Vista to Harvard Lakes is clear. Most two wheel drive cars can make the trip. The last mile has a so some rocks but not large mcklarry         
2015-04-12 The road is open and essentially dry all the way to Harvard Lakes and Silver Lake trailheads. robinbk         
2015-02-13 The road to the winter closure was icy, muddy, or slushy depending on the hour. Recommend AWD or 4WD just to be sure. This closure is a solid mile below the summer trailhead, so figure that in to your total distance. There was room to park maybe up to five vehicles at this closure. Since there are homes right next to this parking area, I am sure it gets plowed regularly. I didn‘t see any private property issues about parking here. Daniel Joder         
2014-08-16 The dirt road leading to the trailhead is in great condition! Made it up in my Infiniti I-35 with no problem. nataliegarro  1       
2014-06-22 Trailhead is easily accessible in a 2WD car. I can‘t see why any vehicle short of a sports car would have any difficulty on this mildly rough dirt road. Holmoose         
2013-05-12 Road is completely dry to the Harvard Lakes TH, and I would assume all the way to the end of the road as well. metalmountain         
2013-02-07 Okay, as of 2/7/2013, you can drive up to the furthest road accessible parking area, which is about 1.5 miles short of the Harvard Lakes TH. Very little snow, some ice. Kind of annoying, however, that they‘ve barricaded the road past this point. Yesterday, that 1.5 mile walk could have easily been driven if the barricade was not there. semitrueskerm         
2012-07-18 Clear the whole way - except for all the cars at the TH parking area. CDR242         
2012-03-30 FR 365 is clear - a few tiny patches of snow left. We had a 4WD truck, but pretty sure any 2WD could make it all teh way to the trailhead. PedroCO         
2012-03-04 I was able to get to within 6/10ths of a mile in my Wrangler on Sunday. Dad Mike    1      
2012-02-11 Drivable to TH with 4wd but tricky driving. There was a lot of snow on the road and it trys to pull you off the road. Bring a shovel in case you end in the ditch. Had to dig out one vehicle which high centerd in the snow. Yikes         
2011-11-09 The road is covered with snow but is packed down enough to drive past this point if you have a 4x4 or all wheel drive. I‘m not sure if you can get all the way to the main Harvard and Columbia trail head but you can get close enough it wouldn‘t be a huge hike. dehrlich101         
2010-04-27 Decent clearance and 2WD will now get you to the TH BillMiddlebrook         
2010-04-22 4WD vehicles can get to the trailhead. A few snow patches to drive over but nothing major. BillMiddlebrook         
2009-09-19 4wd road has been repaired at washed out spot, but, still have to pick and choose route with a low clearance auto. Some other potholes has also been smoothed(?), not very well. 2wd passable. cat49toa         
2009-08-10 Pretty easy to reach in our 2wd Chevy Silverado - there was one washed out spot where a pipe crosses the road. JenGa         
2009-04-29 Road is dry to the trailhead, made it very in our tacoma in 2wd gwvgns         
2008-04-07 Last entry still accurate as of Apr 6, 2008. Doug Shaw         
2008-03-21 Blocked by snow at 8650 feet 2.25 miles before where the Colorado Trail leaves the road. Almost 5.5 miles from North Cottonwood Trailhead. Shad         
2007-03-10 CR 365 is mostly melted up to within a 1/2 mile of this TH (where we parked). Soft snow prevented me from going farther. A high-clearance SUV with chains might be able to make it up farther. USAKeller         
2006-05-30 OPEN and dry BillMiddlebrook         

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