Ascent of Mount Harvard on 1997-09-06
|Date:||Saturday, September 6, 1997|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||5441 ft / 1658 m|
Ascent Trip ReportThe peak was named for Harvard University and in honor of the visit of the University president Charles W. Eliot in April, 1892. The site was to be the home for the Harvard 24 inch telescope, but that never came about and the instrument was shipped to Peru when completed. (Robinson, p. 121)
Angeles National Forest land open for public use.
The easiest way to reach Mt. Harvard is to hike down the road from Mt. Wilson. To reach Mt. Wilson take the Angeles Crest Highway, route 2, north from La Canada/Flintridge. There is an exit for this highway on the Foothill Freeway, no. 210. Drive route 2 for 13.5 miles to Red Box Gap and Station and turn right toward Mt. Wilson. Follow this winding paved road for 4.1 miles to the loop at the Observatory entrance gate. Park here and go past the locked gate on the south side onto the forest road descending to the south. After about one mile go right at the saddle and continue another 0.4 miles to the top. The summit has been graded and is somewhat trashy and has a radio repeater hut on the SW side. The hike takes about 1/2 hour from Mt. Wilson. 9/97 RLC
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