Could not have asked for a better day! A little breezy on the summit ridge, but still great!
One of the shorter Sawatch range 14'ers hikes, but one of the most impressive looking. Some snow on the ascent, but most could be avoided. A nice combo of plunge-stepping and glissading from about 13,700 to 13,000 eased the descent a bit. Snow did not soften much so ice axe recommended. Runout was rocky in places.
First 14er of the year. I ascended the Southwest Slopes for Denny Creek. The trail was hard to follow on account of all the snow. Especially above tree line, but it was easy to make your own route. I made a direct shot for the summit @ approximately 13,000' up a small couloir (with crampons & axe). At the summit the weather was great except for the building thunder storms (10:30am). They built faster than I expected and I had to hall ass off the summit. A great one day spring hike!!!
Creepy final summit block.
A pleasant hike to an impressive looking peak. We managed to descend below the treeline before it started to rain and thunder. To my surprise, many people were still heading up at that time. The slideshow from our day up there is here: Mount Yale via southwest Slopes
The older route was very steep hiking
# 24 Quite a bit of early season snow
Perfect day for a hike up Mount Yale. Everything was a spectacular green at the end of June.
This was my 2nd 14er and was a test on the legs especially on only 2 hours of sleep, but passed the test and made great time. Was a beautiful day, spent a good hour at the top enjoying the view and companionship of fellow hikers, some that I met on the top. Truly enjoy meeting other hikers on summits and hearing their stories and experiences. As for the tired legs, rewarded them with a soak in the hot springs down the road from the collegiate campgrounds!
Found new FS trail up gulch the guidebooks said to avoid
Beautiful climb with snow above 12,800 ft.
I hiked Yale several years ago. I didn’t think it was hard. False summits were frustrating, as I remember
What an awesome day. Not too hot, no snow, no wind, and the trees were changing.
There was about a foot of snow at the summit left over from Fridays storm. A little slipery, but a great climb none the less. It was good to see some snow on the peaks.
After being turned back on Princeton the day before, it felt good to tackle Mt. Yale. This was a tough hike, and the snow above 12,000 feet certainly slowed us down, but it just made the top all the more beautiful! Not a bad way to end the 14er season for me, and my 20th 14er at that!
One of the most beautiful days on a 14er summit with a great partner - Sonja Lessman!
This was a return summit attempt for me as 4 weeks earlier, my attempt on the East Slopes turned into a medical emergency for my climbing partner - altitude sickness with signs of ataxia. So, 4 weeks later, my friends Pamela, Pete, and Nancy started at 7:30 AM (Labor Day) on yet another glorious Colorado blue sky day. The trip up to 11,900 and the saddle was uneventful - more of a warm-up really. Heading west of the saddle following the ridgeline went well - past 12,500' where I had to turn around earlier the previous month. The East Slopes are a Class 2/Class 3- with sometimes difficult route finding but it is not terribly difficult if one stays on or near the ridgeline. We summitted in 5 hours and after spending 30-45 minutes on the summit decided to take the standard route down as it was more time efficient. Some good souls at the trailhead drove me back to the Avalanche Gulch TH in order to retrieve my car and bring cold beer/chips/salsa to my weary friends. All in all, a great day! Yale is a fun mountain although the standard route is not my most favorite trail - do the East Slopes!
Thunderstormed the whole night before. Woke up at 5:30, still raining. Finally started at 7:25 and got rained on the whole way to the saddle, then snowed on on the way up to the summit. Better weather down to the saddle (still couldn't see anything though), but then rained on all the way back to the car. A couple lightning strikes very close by (you know, simultaneous flash-boom) with people still up high on the mountain! 3h20m to the summit, 5h40m RT.
Climbed the east ridge--fun scrambling on the crest, more rugged than I expected. Only one other party on the ridge, but LOTS of people coming up the standard route on the other side.
Climbed the West Slope from Denny Creek starting at 6 a.m. and summitted by 9:30. We were among the first to summitt that day and luckily avoided the crowds that were coming up as we descended. Great trail and a greater views on top of many surrounding 14ers. Fun scramble along the ridge if you stay on the very top.