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Bryan WRoute Climbed: Denny Creek Date Climbed: 7/8/04  Sucess!

Bryan W

Packed in about 50 minutes the day before. That got us to about 10,700' and just above the wood sign for the turn to Yale. Started early the next morning and followed a nice trail. From about 11,500' to 12,500' the trail was very loose at times. CFI will need to do something about this or else this route up Yale will be closed in a few years also. The final push to the ridge was a little steeper, but for the most part was on a good trail. From the ridge to the summit was a little different than I had thought. As it turned out, we boulder hopped from the saddle to just below the summit. No exposure and was a nice change of pace. Then the final 50' to the summit was an easy walk. I had thought that the boulder climbing was just below the summit and you had to pull yourself up. Not the case and all and all a great day.
Posted Jul 13, 2004 12:13 pm

Larry VRoute Climbed: southwest slopes, Denny Creek trailhead Date Climbed: October 1997  Sucess!

Larry V

Second time to summit, same route both times. First time was 14 years earlier. Nice weather. Lovely fall hike.
Posted Jul 13, 2004 12:19 am

mountainmotaRoute Climbed: Southwest Slopes Date Climbed: May 2003  Sucess!


Nice easy 14er!
Posted Jun 15, 2004 7:23 pm

DaveCRoute Climbed: denny creek Date Climbed: 3/99, 2/00, and 5/01  Sucess!


failed 1st winter attempt (avalanche conditions), successfull 2nd winter attempt (crazy wind), and again with FW climbers corner.
Posted May 21, 2004 9:51 pm

Ryan KowalskiRoute Climbed: Standard route (kind of) Date Climbed: May 24, 2003  Sucess!

Ryan Kowalski

Got a bit off route due to huge snowdrifts, but turned out to be a great snowclimb. Postholing on the way back was heinous.
Posted Apr 19, 2004 4:50 pm

RyanSRoute Climbed: Delaney Gulch (standard) Date Climbed: June 10, 2002  Sucess!


We were really getting in shape at this point in the season during super-dry 2002, reaching Yale's summit in great time. From the top, we had a bird's-eye view of the freshly erupted Hayman Fire, which formed a towering plume to the east. A sobering sight.
Posted Apr 9, 2004 5:13 pm

sbkelleyRoute Climbed: Northwest Ridge Date Climbed: August 2002  Sucess!


This was actually my second time up. But I was helping at an aid station in North Cottonwood Creek during the now-deceased Nolan's 14 run...and maybe I shouldn't say this because the CMC might get on my @$$ for this (but I will anyways), so we followed the race course up the west ridge of Mount Yale - where there is no trail across the tundra and rockslopes to the summit. No storms - great day!
Posted Jan 25, 2004 2:09 am

hhsilleckRoute Climbed: SW ridge Date Climbed: June 2002  Sucess!


Fun, standard Sawatch 14er. Good first 14er.
Posted Jan 10, 2004 6:58 pm

bdewoodyRoute Climbed: East Ridge Date Climbed: July 2003  Sucess!


A great ridge hike.
Posted Dec 3, 2003 6:37 pm

Jim ClarkeRoute Climbed: Southwest Slopes Route Date Climbed: September 24, 2003  Sucess!

Jim Clarke

Climbed Yale via Southwest Slopes Route under perfect fall conditions with the Aspens at their peak. Bluebird skies, little wind, no crowds, three hours to the summit. Fun scramble if you stay on the highest point/ridge to the top from the saddle. Nice peak hike.
Posted Sep 25, 2003 10:34 am

big_gRoute Climbed: SW Ridge from Denny Creek Date Climbed: 12 Sep 2003  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 12, 2003


Summer to winter in a couple hours. I certainly didn't have the right gloves for this foray into the mountains. The wind was fierce! Just enough snow that the 2 people ahead of me turned back between 13,500-14,000 ft, but it is melting fast. Made this summit although I cancelled the rest of my trip.
Posted Sep 12, 2003 9:53 pm

dpRoute Climbed: SW via Denny Creek trailhead Date Climbed: July 22,2002  Sucess!


My first summit in the Collegiate Peaks. Terrific climb, took the harder scramble to the summit to the left of the false summit(great fun, but did not exactly impress myself with my routefinding skills!). Very impressive false summit.
Posted Aug 20, 2003 9:48 pm

rob_runkleRoute Climbed: Dennys Creek Trailhead Date Climbed: July 24, 2003  Sucess!


Great hike! Great class 3 potential at the top, along the ridge.
Posted Jul 30, 2003 7:14 pm

benRoute Climbed: ? Date Climbed: Nav 2001  Sucess!


winter conditions, fun climb! We got lost on the way down in some heavy weather, so it turned into a long hike.
Posted Jul 21, 2003 6:44 pm

HelgaRoute Climbed: Denny Creek Trailhead Date Climbed: 7.19.03  Sucess!


Used the dispersed camping area across from the Avalanche parking lot and took on trail at Denny Creek at 6:30. Clear sky, beautiful day all the way to the summit which took me long 4 and 1/2 hrs to reach. Upper portion of the trail below the Boulderfield was steeper than anticipated and I would not consider this mountain one of the easier Fourteeners at all. Shorter to hike yes, but not easier! Grand view of Mt.Princeton to the South from the summit ; Mt.Columbia/Mt.Harvard and Three Apostles to the North among others obviously. Gorgeous views of even Pikes Peak in the distance. Descended at 12:30 and got hit by hail above timberline, then heavy rainfall all the way to the bottom. Several people up there from out of State with no gear at all. DON"T DO THAT!! Going up into a black cloudy sky.....waiting for the clouds to go away....DON"T DO THAT! Overall a great hike. Poles very helpful for this hike but a burden in the Boulderfield. I didn't mind the rain once in the trees. It felt good and cooled me off. Great day to be on Mt.Yale!

Posted Jul 19, 2003 6:20 pm

jrfRoute Climbed: From Denny Creek Date Climbed: June 14, 2003  Sucess!


This was my first fourteener this year. Absolutely beautiful day. No bad weather at all. Not a lot of snow left either.
Posted Jun 16, 2003 7:05 am

KaneRoute Climbed: Southwest Slopes Date Climbed: 1996  Sucess!


Yale was O.K. It was easy. I remember being on the summit and wishing that I would have come up from the east ridge and the Avalanche Gulch TH. It look more scenic then the standard route. It definately looked to have less people as well. because of the paved road to the TH, you get a lot of people as well.
Posted May 27, 2003 7:44 pm

DigglerRoute Climbed: Denny Creek/Delaney Gulch Date Climbed: summer '97  Sucess!


Went up with my buddy Z on a 2-day tour-de-force that also included Mt. Princeton. On the way up there was sunshine mixed with rain, while it started raining & storming by the time we got above timberline. We managed to make it up, however, & had a good time.
Posted Apr 7, 2003 5:25 pm

ColonelpyatRoute Climbed: Denny Creek Date Climbed: September 17, 2002  Sucess!


My father and I climbed this one and had the whole mountain to ourselves. Fall colors were at their peak and there was a light dusting of snow on the ground. A nice day.
Posted Feb 28, 2003 3:22 am

GrantRoute Climbed: Denny Creek TH Date Climbed: June 23, 2001  Sucess!


I made it to the trailhead at 7:30. I knew that this would be a steep hike because it was only 3 ½ miles to the summit. The trail went up right at the beginning for only a couple hundred feet or so. Then it flattened out and the trail followed Denny Creek. After about ¾ mile of steady slopes was the first uphill part of the hike. It was 800 feet of vertical in about a half mile. There were numerous switchbacks and the trail led me out of the timber to the tundra. The trail let up a bit but it was still quite a hike. Looking ahead I could see about a half mile in front of me a steep trail that lead up to the saddle. Once at the steep part it was full of switchbacks and I made my way up. This was the toughest part of the day. Once at the saddle it was another 600’ to the summit although not as hard as the trail up to the saddle. It was steep and was nothing but a boulder field.

I only spent about five minutes on the summit and the main reason for that was that I went on a Wednesday and I only saw six people all day. I knew that there was only one person behind me. So I didn’t want to be out there all alone. On the way down I saw a Red Columbine and from what I understand they are uncommon in our state.

I believe it was a good hike. It had its more difficult parts but I just took my time and made it.

Posted Jan 17, 2003 10:35 am

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