Impressed first with a paved road (Cottonwood pass) to Denny TH. A late 9am start worked just fine with summer weather and it only took 5hrs. Did get a welcomed ever so light refreshing sprinkle on descent. Trail is superb when compared to climbing Princeton's talus next door, and Yale's soft ground follows a picturesque brook, then gains altitude, leading to grassy high country above 12,000' for a light talus summit.
May 30 2015
The night before. Kessler and I drove down to a campsite to climb Mount Yale with some 14ers.com members. Since I had already done the east ridge, we opted for the standard route.
Since we arrived late the night before, Kessler didn't want to get up at four, so we didn't hit the trailhead until almost 6 am. We hurried up the mountain and finally caught some of the other group near the summit ridge. Some were on the summit. The snow conditions were really nice on the climb to the summit and we we took a nice break on top. It was a beautiful climb and the last part was a bit rugged.
After climbing the peak, we headed back down and did some really nice glissades. Kessler and I glissaded all the way down to and directly to Delaney Creek, but that was a big mistake as the snow got extremely soft even with snowshoes and going down Delaney Creek was extremely tedious. We had to wade the creek as well. After much trial, we finally made it to the trail which we followed back to the trailhead. There was a bit of postholing until we were below 10,500 feet or so.
To sum it up, the climb up was great, the upper third of the descent was really great, the middle third of the descent was miserable, and the last third of the descent was OK.
March 8 2008
Five of us (Dan, Brandy, Austin, Pete and myself) met at the Avalanche Gulch trailhead and we began hiking at 1:30 pm. One person (Pete) turned back earlier, but the rest of us continued to 11,860 feet before camping (we also met Clint there who left earlier than the rest of us).
After a mild (9 degrees F) and rather windy night, we got a late start at 8:30 am. Five of us climbed to the summit of Yale via the East Ridge and were met by two others whom had started earlier that day. The ridge was rather long and tedious in winter and we didn’t get any views from the top because it was snowing, but after the morning it was eerily calm without hardly any wind.
It was a pretty good climb, but Yale is definitely a rather tedious choss pile. On the way down Austin and I decided to push a more direct route down part of the lower section of trail, but that was a mistake.
Taking advantage of the recent warm dry spell to sneak a winter ascent of Yale in before the pattern changes. Well packed out trail to near treeline, short steep section below treeline with some postholing, then patchy snow to the mostly dry ridge. Some loaded slopes on the north require taking the ridge direct.
With my parents, climbed the peak in the normal way from the Denny Creek trail head. A fairly short, but steep hike up this trail. The real excitement came when a thunderstorm hidden to the north became painfully obvious when reaching the summit. We ran off the summit; a couple of near misses nearly took us all out, but we made it.
Climbed with charlie on Saturday, starting at 4AM, summit around 12PM, back to car by 5PM. Deep snow drifts and a difficult to follow trail due to previous hikers footprints in the snow made for a long, confusing day out.
With Jim. RIP buddy.
Longer than I thought, but very nice hike.
Went up the East Ridge and down the Southwest Slopes, which made for a really nice tour of the mountain.
Made it to the top
We camped at the fork, and so were the first ones on the mountain. Fresh snow had fallen, so we blazed the trail up the last 1000 ft. Snowshoes were extremely helpful.
Typical Sawatch Peak, but with a pleasurable top out and spectacular weather for being among the giants.
The E ridge was a nice walk (and uncluttered with people). My hopes re getting a lift down the Cottonwood Pass rd from the Denny Ck TH back to my car at the Avalanche Gulch TH were largely forlorn. Finally got a ride when I was about half a mile from Avalanche Gulch. I didn't realize how close I was, and felt bad for stopping the guy....
Beautiful day in the mountains with Greg and Colette. Loved this mountain but don't leave anything unattended when you begin the scramble. The marmots take whatever is available.
With Michelle. High winds.
Kicked off the day before, made it to the top with Cody and Kristen
With a great group of people! Used the microspikes, hardly anyone else on the trail. Windy up top.
Climbed standard route - fun, short hike with great views of Buena Vista.
Good route with no one on it! Beautiful fall day with some light breezy winds
the last scramble up the ridge makes for some great pictures if you're on the summit looking down at your friends coming upwards.