Mount Yale Climber's Log

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hhsilleck - Jan 10, 2004 6:58 pm

Route Climbed: SW ridge Date Climbed: June 2002  Sucess!

Fun, standard Sawatch 14er. Good first 14er.

Jim Clarke

Jim Clarke - Sep 25, 2003 10:34 am

Route Climbed: Southwest Slopes Route Date Climbed: September 24, 2003  Sucess!

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.


big_g - Sep 12, 2003 9:53 pm Date Climbed: Sep 12, 2003

Route Climbed: SW Ridge from Denny Creek Date Climbed: 12 Sep 2003  Sucess!

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.


dp - Aug 20, 2003 9:48 pm

Route Climbed: SW via Denny Creek trailhead Date Climbed: July 22,2002  Sucess!

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.


rob_runkle - Jul 30, 2003 7:14 pm

Route Climbed: Dennys Creek Trailhead Date Climbed: July 24, 2003  Sucess!

Great hike! Great class 3 potential at the top, along the ridge.


ben - Jul 21, 2003 6:44 pm

Route Climbed: ? Date Climbed: Nav 2001  Sucess!

winter conditions, fun climb! We got lost on the way down in some heavy weather, so it turned into a long hike.


Helga - Jul 19, 2003 6:20 pm

Route Climbed: Denny Creek Trailhead Date Climbed: 7.19.03  Sucess!

Used the dispersed camping area across from the Avalanche parking lot and took on trail at Denny Creek at 6:30. Clear sky, beautiful day all the way to the summit which took me long 4 and 1/2 hrs to reach. Upper portion of the trail below the Boulderfield was steeper than anticipated and I would not consider this mountain one of the easier Fourteeners at all. Shorter to hike yes, but not easier! Grand view of Mt.Princeton to the South from the summit ; Mt.Columbia/Mt.Harvard and Three Apostles to the North among others obviously. Gorgeous views of even Pikes Peak in the distance. Descended at 12:30 and got hit by hail above timberline, then heavy rainfall all the way to the bottom. Several people up there from out of State with no gear at all. DON"T DO THAT!! Going up into a black cloudy sky.....waiting for the clouds to go away....DON"T DO THAT! Overall a great hike. Poles very helpful for this hike but a burden in the Boulderfield. I didn't mind the rain once in the trees. It felt good and cooled me off. Great day to be on Mt.Yale!


jrf - Jun 16, 2003 7:05 am

Route Climbed: From Denny Creek Date Climbed: June 14, 2003  Sucess!

This was my first fourteener this year. Absolutely beautiful day. No bad weather at all. Not a lot of snow left either.


Kane - May 27, 2003 7:44 pm

Route Climbed: Southwest Slopes Date Climbed: 1996  Sucess!

Yale was O.K. It was easy. I remember being on the summit and wishing that I would have come up from the east ridge and the Avalanche Gulch TH. It look more scenic then the standard route. It definately looked to have less people as well. because of the paved road to the TH, you get a lot of people as well.


Diggler - Apr 7, 2003 5:25 pm

Route Climbed: Denny Creek/Delaney Gulch Date Climbed: summer '97  Sucess!

Went up with my buddy Z on a 2-day tour-de-force that also included Mt. Princeton. On the way up there was sunshine mixed with rain, while it started raining & storming by the time we got above timberline. We managed to make it up, however, & had a good time.


Colonelpyat - Feb 28, 2003 3:22 am

Route Climbed: Denny Creek Date Climbed: September 17, 2002  Sucess!

My father and I climbed this one and had the whole mountain to ourselves. Fall colors were at their peak and there was a light dusting of snow on the ground. A nice day.


Grant - Jan 17, 2003 10:35 am

Route Climbed: Denny Creek TH Date Climbed: June 23, 2001  Sucess!

I made it to the trailhead at 7:30. I knew that this would be a steep hike because it was only 3 ½ miles to the summit. The trail went up right at the beginning for only a couple hundred feet or so. Then it flattened out and the trail followed Denny Creek. After about ¾ mile of steady slopes was the first uphill part of the hike. It was 800 feet of vertical in about a half mile. There were numerous switchbacks and the trail led me out of the timber to the tundra. The trail let up a bit but it was still quite a hike. Looking ahead I could see about a half mile in front of me a steep trail that lead up to the saddle. Once at the steep part it was full of switchbacks and I made my way up. This was the toughest part of the day. Once at the saddle it was another 600’ to the summit although not as hard as the trail up to the saddle. It was steep and was nothing but a boulder field.

I only spent about five minutes on the summit and the main reason for that was that I went on a Wednesday and I only saw six people all day. I knew that there was only one person behind me. So I didn’t want to be out there all alone. On the way down I saw a Red Columbine and from what I understand they are uncommon in our state.

I believe it was a good hike. It had its more difficult parts but I just took my time and made it.


mtnhiker13 - Dec 27, 2002 8:21 am

Route Climbed: Denny's Gulch Date Climbed: Summer 1993  Sucess!

I don't remember too much about this mountain except that I must not have been in very good shape as it seemed like the last mile took forever. I do remember the very nice views from the top and the astonishment that I actually made it. Since I grew up right next to Yale University - I was happy to summit it's mountain namesake.

steve simmons

steve simmons - Dec 10, 2002 3:56 pm

Route Climbed: eastern ridge Date Climbed: August 23, 2002  Sucess!

Summated around noon during the 2002 nolans '14 endurance event. Beautiful and fun climb.

GOD bless! Praise JESUS!!!


climberkjp - Oct 22, 2002 11:50 am

Route Climbed: Denny Creek Date Climbed: May 2002  Sucess!

Climbed with wife - Alexis, roommate - Andy, and cousin - Tad (his first 14er, and perhaps his last)

Beautiful snowy conditions on top. A fun early season climb.


rmjwinters - Oct 6, 2002 2:29 pm

Route Climbed: North Slopes Date Climbed: August 4 2001  Sucess!

In a shroud of clouds we made the summit. Up and back in 6 hours. It was cold and windy for an August morning.


odysseus - Aug 14, 2002 1:27 pm

Route Climbed: Denny Creek TH Date Climbed: Aug. 6, 2002  Sucess!

This one will DEFINITELY test your legs! A rock mass near the top must be gotten around (or over) before the summit can be reached. Great views in all directions from the top. The 3rd of 6 fourteeners my partner and I bagged over 6 days.

ctruscot - Jul 3, 2002 8:41 am

Route Climbed: Denny Creek I think Date Climbed: summer 1995  Sucess!

This was my first Colorado 14er - I recall bad altitude headache :)


wayneaflick - Jun 25, 2002 6:22 pm

Route Climbed: Denny Creek Trail Date Climbed: July 11, 1996  Sucess!

This was a long time ago. I remember that the trail was great but the long scree climb above the tundra was kinda hard. The summit has the biggest rocks I've ever seen. Good thing too, it snowed like hell while I was on the summit and the rocks came in handy for getting out of the weather. The snow lasted about 20 minutes. I down climbed in bright sunny weather, oh well, this IS Colorado.

EL Mwucko

EL Mwucko - Jun 21, 2002 9:20 am

Route Climbed: Standard Swiss Family Robinson route. Date Climbed: 1987?  Sucess!

Good god! I remember that one! The climb up seemed longer and tougher than it should have been. On the trip down, the weather beat the daylights out of us. We didn't even have time to get our raingear on.

After fleeing the weather (common practice), we had stopped under some trees. I was pulling my raingear out of my pack when I heard Betsy say "Look at that!" Just then, the whole side of the mountain gave way in a horrendous mudslide.

I felt a hand grab my shoulder, yanking me upwards. It was not the first time, nor would it be the last.

And I still remember Aaron's words:


And boogie we did. As we approached a gulley, one by one, we slipped and slid straight down a rut, right into the mud (reminiscent of the scene in Romancing the Stone).

I'll never forget the looks on the faces of the locals as we dragged into the Dinner Bell Cafe at Johnson's Corner. We were covered from head to toe in mud, drenched, and tired. We must have been a sight! A woman at the cash register looked up, and did a triple-take in shock and terror.

It's funny how the worst experiences make the best stories.

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