Started from 8,800'-ish on CR 365 Friday night because I like hiking better than driving. (yeah, I'm a little kooky about that). Camped at Kroenke lake amidst a surprising amount of snow; dry campsites are few up there right now, and 3-6 foot deep snowbanks are plentiful. Went up the West Ridge Saturday morning, with Max and Brangwen, my loyal hounds, in fine form. I was, per usual, merely adequate in comparison to their enthusiasm. There were a bunch of friendly folks at the summit and we stayed for an hour. Ahhh. Brangwen woke a napping boy scout by stepping on his crotch, much to the delight of his companions. Luckily she weights just 37 pounds; the boy's future prospects were not altered. Ran into Bob Mooner from C Springs CMC, whose shelty recently passed on with 32 career 14er summits completed. That's a well-accomplished doggie. Extra kudos to Max, who is 11, on his second 14er; Yale was Brangwen's 4th and my 28th.
Technical note: the ridge looks harder than it is on the way up. You can stick near the crest most of the time - no need to contour around. The hounds did it, and they don't have thumbs.
Did this one with John Morehead! His 2nd and my 19th. Pretty good day overall. Alot of wind and no rain or snow. I would love a winter ascent of this one. We started at the Denny Creek trailhead and took our time and enjoyed the day and all the scenery.
Got to the saddle at 13,900' and couldnt hack the altitude any longer. Flew into CO springs at 5 pm the afternoon before, rented a car, drove straight to the mountain and began the climb around 4am. Sea level to 14k took its toll on this one!
My hiking partner, against my strong warning, wore new sandals 'she just loved' for about the first mile... and blew my socks barefoot for the rest!
Went up the standard route. Avy danger was avoidable, despite the recent heavy snows. Road was closed at Avalanche Gulch TH (which added 6 mi RT). Gorgeous weather which helped ease the unpleasantness of being on snowshoes for 14 mi....
This was my fifth time climbing Yale. We went the now standard Denny Creek route. I have also climbed Yale via the east ridge from Avalanche Gulch trailhead.
This was my first climb of Yale. It was via Denny Gulch. This was the route featured in "A Climbing Guide to Colorado's Fourteeners" by Borneman & Lampert before it was closed for environmental concerns. The standard route became Denny CREEK a little to the west.
Hiked the Southwest Slopes from Denny Creek Trailhead. Jogged most of the way back to the trailhead. Why? I was reading about the Mighty Mountain Mega Marathon and was trying to "get a good time." I've grown up since then.
Wow, a great physical challenge on a beautiful summer day...
Summited on an unseasonably pleasant day. Incredible views.
Went with a friend while there was still a bit of snow on top of Yale. Wanted to see how I could handle another 14er after Bierstadt-Sawtooth-Evans the day before. Felt pretty good, especially with the glissade/plunge-stepping for about 800-1000ft of elevation loss on the way down.
Climbed with my Dad. One of the best maintained trails I've ever seen. It was a highway climbing up and down though, but still good views of the rest of the Sawatch.
Left the Denny Creek Trailhead near 3am, gained the summit ridge right at daybreak. Perfect timing, but brr! Should have dressed warmer! Pretty steep trail, really fun summit ridge, and great views.
My first 14'er for 2007. Could not have been a more perfect day!
Nice climb, i found the summit ridge pretty enjoyable.
We were in the area intending to climb Quandary Peak but the logistics didn't work out. Mount Yale looked accessible and doable...so we did. Is it less crowded not on a weekend?
Good winter climb. Windy and cold above treeline. Awesome views from the summit.
Left Denny creek TR at 6:15am. Lite snow covered switchbacks on trail to summit ridge. It is nice to be able to follow a more experienced climber who passes you! Right side of summit ridge gets my vote. Summit 11:35AM
Tried this mountain last year, but weather kicked us off. Not this time. Complete opposite weather compared to last year. Clear skies forever. We could see Pikes and Snowmass from up top. Im so pumped that we finally did it.
Beautiful day, more difficult than I anticipated.