How to get there:
The access road starts out in Buena Vista, see
Mount Harvard. Route description:
See the description under Mount Harvard. Comments:
My son Pål Jørgen (11 years) and Jenni
Søbstad climbed this route with me.
We climbed this mountain from Rabbit Ridge, coming from
the summit of Mt. Harvard. The first part of
the ridge descending from Mt. Harvard is very pleasant,
passing a distinct rock spire to the right (west).
The ridge itself (the low section) is quite entertaining
in places, with slightly more difficulty the closer to the
(top of) the ridge one tries to stay. Beware of some rotten
rock near the rabbit itself. There are two main rock formations
on the ridge that cannot easily be climbed, both can be passed
on the left (east) side. The first formation requires dropping off
the ridge to the left, however only to the base of the almost
vertical rock. (There are numerous traces of climbers that have
decended much further down.) The second rock formation is the
characteristic rabbit itself. We climbed up a small gully on the
left (east), right next to the vertical rabbit wall. This gully has
loose rock and one should do it one at a time in order to avoid
rocks hitting climbers below. Once at the top of this passage, the
ridge can be followed on the very top the rest of the way with good
rocks/stones. In fact, one arrives on a very nice grassy section ending
in the final summit ridge, again with good footing among larger rocks.
Mount Columbia as seen from the summit of Mount Yale, April 29. 2001.
Rabbit Ridge and part of Mount Harvard to the left.