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.
My first backpacking adventure when I was 11
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!