On a beautiful summer day with no afternoon thunderstorms, conditions are perfect for a fun ridge run. No snow on the route, and we descended the curving east flank (which drops towards the kroenke lake route saddle and then bends due east) and then dropped down the aspen filled gully to the lake to regain the standard route.
Nice ridge to the top.
steep hike to a cool summit.
Left at 4:00 AM. Reached Kroenke Lake at sunrise. Beautiful view. Overshot the trail up to ridge. Renamed Point 13,605 to Ball Point in honor of my alma mater, Ball State University. Our acedemic standards were much lower than Yale! Made the mistake of traversing the south slope to summit. Stay on the ridge to avoid very loose scree. Met Meagan Emmons mother on top. Her daughter holds the record for the youngest to summit all 54 peaks at age 7. Descending the East ridge, which was much safer than western approach. Completed the loop to Silver Creek Trailhead. Long day...11 hours of hiking, but well worth it at the end of the day.
gorgeous day... trip report to come. Wow, I liked the super-steep straight up section on this mountain. I made summit in about 3 hrs, some others I talked to in about 4.
Nice climb, good trainer for some of the harder stuff. Great views. All around good day.
Great climb, one of my favorite 14ers thus far. Great views from the summit, fun scrambling from the saddle to the summit. What looked to be a rainy day cleared up and was beautiful. 6.5 hours total time.
WOW! What an amazing day to climb! There was not a cloud in the sky! It was a WARM hike, and we spent 2 hours on the summit! There's nothing like a beautiful kick back day on the summit of a mountain with good company:-) The glassade down was incredible! Very smooth, good speed, and had fun belly-flopping and going backwards!
Fun Climb. Did more on the legs than I expected. Best part is from the saddle to the summit, the rock hopping is great. Sweet view from summit
Solo Trip - Steeper than I expected, but a great hike. Reached the summit by 11am and still got caught in rain, thunder, and lightning above and below treeline. Wow, that thunder rocked me! Good times!
Little snow existed this early October and the hike was steep and short
Beautiful winter day (technically), felt like spring, nice long hike, fun!!
My sixth Fourteener. It was the most spectacular view I've ever seen from the summit of a fourteener. It was a beautiful day for the aspens to. A great climb that's well worth the more than 4,000 ft. of climbing.
Nice trail but becomes very steep up to the summit ridge! Some fun scrambling on the ridge heading east to the summit. Many opt to simply go around the scrambling section just below and south of the ridge.
Climbed this as an overnight, with my roomie. We camped on the nub atop the east ridge, at about 12,000 feet. Pitched a tent but didn't use it. We should have, as I was woken in the middle of the night by a pika gnawing on the side of my Thermarest. Bloody rodents: not only did it ruin that night's sleep, but it took me a month to find and patch all the holes.
As I remember, it was a beautiful early summer day and once we left the timberline the trail faded out, but we continued up the steep tundra to the saddle south of the summit and then made our way to the top. On the descent we didn't locate the start of the trail at timberline, but found it thru the trees down near the brook where we had left it.
Weather conditions deteriorated rapidly once I got onto Yale's steep southwest shoulder. The wind and sleet were challenging, as was the short scramble to the summit. Great views of Harvard, Columbia, and Princeton from the top once the clouds cleared.