Drove into the campsite from Kansas at 2am the night before. Trailhead by 8am the next morning. Good scramble near the summit. My first 14er.
Left Colorado Springs at 3AM and got on the trail right at 6AM. Very nice day and great scenery. A bit of scrambling over and around a butress on the summit ridge made me be extremely cautious as I somehow lost the cairns and was just beelining it for the summit. On the summit I met two very nice Air Force Academy cadets and we hiked down to the trailhead together. We parted ways at the trailhead and then I finished up with some well deserved post climb "rehydration" at Coyote Cantina.
A pretty easy hike and ridge scramble. Nice view from the top.
Climbed with Aaron Johnson, and some friends (not now remembered by name), in what has turned out to be one of the most memorable mountaineering days of my life. Check out the trip report--it's all there.
Beautiful hike, lots of wildflowers and not that cold. Camped alongside the road the night before because the Collegiate Peaks Campground was full around 11pm when we arrived (oops). The 6 of us got a late start at 6:45am and summated at 10:40am. Back at the TH at 1:30pm. It started raining & sleeting about a half hour before we got down. That first 1.25 mi went quickly, but the last 2 miles were rather long and slow. The last 500 feet in elevation of boulders was very adventurous. A great workout for an out-of-shape body!
Kara and I had a great time with our Samoyeds Yukon and Denali on their first 14er!! The dogs did awesome on the ridge and seemed like they were trying to prove that they were part mountain goat. We were back to the TH by 1:15 for a round trip time of just under 7 hours!
Nice, but strenuous hike up a beautiful, fairly airy ridge. Loose, ugly use trails fastidiously avoid every interesting obstacle along the ridge to keep the route class 2. If you like scrambling on solid rock, though, I recommend staying up on the ridge as much as possible. We downclimbed the ridge directly, and every major obstacle had a class 3 path.
Summit views were OK, but not as interesting as in the San Juans. The alpine wildflowers were fantastic between 12,500 and 13,500 feet, however.
Up in 3h40m, down in 2h45m, including some dawdling on both legs. Trail portion is fast; ridge is more tedious and slower. Started raining 5 minutes after we drove off.
Camped in the night before, BIG swarms of mosquitoes! Don't forget the bug spray!! Had an enjoyable hike the next day. The trail is a little loose in spots; could probably use some work. There were some spots where the trail was really wide from people trying to go up the grass on the side to avoid the loose dirt. We met some nice people with a dog that we ended up doing most of the hike with. The flowers were pretty and we had nice views of other nearby 14ers.
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.
Second time to summit, same route both times. First time was 14 years earlier. Nice weather. Lovely fall hike.
Nice easy 14er!
failed 1st winter attempt (avalanche conditions), successfull 2nd winter attempt (crazy wind), and again with FW climbers corner.
Got a bit off route due to huge snowdrifts, but turned out to be a great snowclimb. Postholing on the way back was heinous.
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.
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!
Fun, standard Sawatch 14er. Good first 14er.
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.
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.
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.
Great hike! Great class 3 potential at the top, along the ridge.