Our third of three 14ers on this trip. Not one we'd initially planned to do, but plans for others were washed out (literally). A great hike on the standard route, with fine weather the entire time.
Windy as heck! My most elevation gain 14er to date.
4th ascent, solo loop with PT 12505, Yale and Mascot from Avalanche Gulch trailhead.
Slept at the trailhead and we were on trail by 4:30 am. Summitted around 7:30. We were the first to summit that day. Clear views all around. The trail was clear and easy to follow.
We approached Yale from the south via the Colorado Trail. We got a late start after a sunset hike of Belford/Oxford. We started the hike around noon and were on the summit by 3:30. The winds were nill and one ridge over we could see snowstorms and dark clouds approaching. We sat and enjoyed the summit for a few minutes, then thought we should get moving since the storm was approaching. As we put on our gear again, we began to hear the buzzing of electricity all around us. We could hear it echoing off the rocks, and feel it throughout our bodies. Niko bumped me and it shocked both of us. I was shocked for a moment, as I was confused as to what was happening. Then it hit me, and I exclaimed, "Oh sh**!! We're picking up an electrical charge! We gotta get the f*** off this summit! Now!" We went straight off the summit ridge to the south. Following no trail, and just skipping down rocks and sliding down snow fields, we got about 300' down the face, when a big thunderous boom sounded behind us. Luckily we had lost a bit of the electrical charge, but Ember's hair was still standing on end a little. We scrambled down faster into the big gulch on the south face of the mountain. Finally we dropped about 1,500' in a matter of 5 minutes or so, and felt safe from not being the highest point on the ridge anymore. It began to blow and horizontal snow was pelting us as the thundercloud matured and unleashed it's wrath. We headed across the gulch to the opposite ridge and descended through the piñon juniper forest to the large meadow. Feeling lucky we escaped that thunderstorm, we were finally able to breathe a little and laugh at what had just happened.
Very nice trail, especially the first 2 miles or so through the trees. 4-5 creek crossings, gentle incline. After 2 miles it gets fairly steep up to the saddle. Fun little boulder hop to the summit. Was very windy all day, with gusts at 45 mph. Great day, other than that.
Nice day. Had a good pace up
Started at 6:30 am from the Denny's Creek trailhead and was off the summit by 11:30 am. Started to thunder and lightning with slight rain just as made it back to the tree line.
Great climb with NO acclimation
New Year's Eve solo climb in perfect weather on second try, east ridge from Avalanche Gulch; first solo winter 14er
Quick run up the well defined trail for great views of the valley that harbor Harvard and Columbia. Encountered no snow on trail and took 2.5 hours up and 80 minutes down.
camped high up , saw only 2 other hikers high up - winter is definitely the best time for 14ers
Forecast called for 50 mph wind gust, didn't know it would last for 3 hours almost which hampered my pace a little. Snow packed below the tree line all the way to the summit, not a bad thing I lost my spikes in the snow on the way up cuz as it turned out I didn't need them that much, the descent on my part was fast and hardly no stops till I got below the tree line for relative safety. Few people on the trail due to the weather but yet an incredible journey. I had a good chat with a decent hiker called Evan with his girlfriend, he was concerned for my safety as I was for theirs and I still was heading up in a dangerous weather solo. I am glad they too summitted and apparently made it safely as well.
Solo hike. The portion along Denny Creek for the first couple of miles is nice. The rest of the route is steep and pretty boring, but the views from the top are nice. Great weather on this one!
At 1348, I stepped onto the highest rock on the summit of Mount Yale (14,196 feet). It had been 4 hours and 25 minutes since I started climbing. That put my ascent rate at about 16 feet per minute, and my horizontal speed at just a tad over 1 mile per hour. One advantage of starting late was that I was the only person on the summit. It was just me and several cute, furry marmots. I don’t enjoy being on a summit with crowds of people talking, taking photos, and milling about. I go to the mountains for solitude or to enjoy an experience with a friend or two. A crow flew over me and was gliding on an air current. A fly landed on my hand. Flies are everywhere. The air was fairly calm, much calmer than it was at the saddle. The sun was back out. It was wonderful. Other than finding a place to camp for the evening, I didn’t have any other plans or commitments for the day. It was a good feeling to just relax and enjoy the solitude on the summit. I could spend the rest of the day on the mountain if I wanted to. My life, like many Americans, is ruled too much by schedules and deadlines.
Not the most exciting 14er. Very crowded and the views aren't that great. But everything is relative. It's still beautiful.
Started around 6AM. A little bit of snow along the trail in a few sections below treeline. Lots of marmots out today, probably more marmots than people. Great conditions. Some mosquitoes below treeline during descent. Back at car around 11AM.