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.
Nice day. Few hikers.
Some time in the late 90s.
Beautiful 14er with an especially enjoyable forest approach and a fun little scramble at the end. Really enjoyed this one!
Steep, steady climb for 4.5 miles from trailhead to summit. Spectacular scenery. Beautiful wildflowers in July, especially the Colorado Columbine. A little rock scrambling on the summit. Family of marmots living on the very top. Met some people from Houston, Texas on the trail. Main parking lot was full. Saw about 40-50 people dispersed out on the trail. Highly recommended climb. - TJ Burr, Author of "Rocky Mountain Adventure Collection"
Trail's in great shape.
May 30 2015
Started at 542 am and got to the summit by 954 am. I was the slow guy on the trail and I got passed by six climbers while only passing two in return. The guy with the flag was really moving. The two hour and fifteen minute descent was a bit fast but I was trying to minimize sun exposure since I burnt myself to a crisp in the Mosquito Range the previous two days.
Did this one with a meetup group. Followed the standard route. Great day!
Great weather and great partners hazy smoke from the western wildfires made picture taking difficult
#1 8-12-15 W/Brent After doing the Columbia-Harvard combo the day before today seemed almost like a throttle-back day. We faithfully took 5-minute breaks at every 1-hour point and thus reached the broad summit in 3+48. Unfortunately dreadful unrelenting southwesterly winds of 20-25 mph made it cold and somewhat challenging, especially the scramble from the saddle. Shared the summit with about a dozen others, all of us scrunched down on the north side to get out of wind. But what spectacular views!