Mount Yale Climber's Log

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ericd

ericd - Jul 23, 2015 8:58 pm Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2015

Nice trail!  Sucess!

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.

Scott

Scott - Jun 17, 2015 4:48 pm Date Climbed: Mar 8, 2008

Yale  Sucess!

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.

chicagotransplant

chicagotransplant - Feb 14, 2015 6:45 pm Date Climbed: Feb 14, 2015

Winter Solo  Sucess!

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.

dino61111

dino61111 - Jan 31, 2015 2:27 pm

Close call with lightning  Sucess!

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.

Onager

Onager - Dec 10, 2014 10:06 pm Date Climbed: Dec 6, 2014

Long with snow  Sucess!

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.

Fletch

Fletch - Nov 6, 2014 1:13 am

one of my first 14ers  Sucess!

With Jim. RIP buddy.

triyoda

triyoda - Oct 8, 2014 11:41 pm Date Climbed: Jul 29, 2012

East Ridge  Sucess!

Longer than I thought, but very nice hike.

Tom Fralich

Tom Fralich - Aug 26, 2014 12:02 am Date Climbed: Aug 25, 2014

Traverse  Sucess!

Went up the East Ridge and down the Southwest Slopes, which made for a really nice tour of the mountain.

eferesen

eferesen - Aug 6, 2014 6:48 pm Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2014

Yale  Sucess!

Made it to the top

nsward

nsward - Jul 21, 2014 2:21 pm Date Climbed: May 26, 2014

Fresh Snow  Sucess!

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.

wbass

wbass - Jul 13, 2014 10:13 am Date Climbed: Jul 5, 2014

Yale SW Slope  Sucess!

Typical Sawatch Peak, but with a pleasurable top out and spectacular weather for being among the giants.

ajberry

ajberry - Jul 13, 2014 9:18 am Date Climbed: Jul 2, 2013

Up E Ridge, Down Denny Ck  Sucess!

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....

yadahzoemtn

yadahzoemtn - Jul 4, 2014 11:25 am Date Climbed: Jul 1, 2014

From Denny Creek  Sucess!

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.

BradBartick

BradBartick - Jun 18, 2014 11:44 am Date Climbed: Jun 17, 2014

Good hike  Sucess!

With Michelle. High winds.

millhaem

millhaem - May 23, 2014 9:00 pm Date Climbed: Jun 8, 2013

From Denny Creek  Sucess!

Kicked off the day before, made it to the top with Cody and Kristen

Cambot

Cambot - Nov 20, 2013 6:58 pm Date Climbed: Nov 9, 2013

Southwest slopes  Sucess!

With a great group of people! Used the microspikes, hardly anyone else on the trail. Windy up top.

MadGrad96

MadGrad96 - Nov 1, 2013 10:36 pm

Yale  Sucess!

Standard route

DanielL

DanielL - Oct 5, 2013 3:28 pm Date Climbed: Aug 6, 2010

Standard route  Sucess!

Climbed standard route - fun, short hike with great views of Buena Vista.

MikeyB

MikeyB - Oct 2, 2013 11:39 pm Date Climbed: Sep 22, 2013

East ridge  Sucess!

Good route with no one on it! Beautiful fall day with some light breezy winds

cdevenney84

cdevenney84 - Aug 12, 2013 12:16 am Date Climbed: Jul 14, 2013

Standard route  Sucess!

the last scramble up the ridge makes for some great pictures if you're on the summit looking down at your friends coming upwards.

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