Southwest Slope

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Colorado, United States, North America
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Time Required:
Half a day
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Southwest Slope
Created On: Mar 2, 2003
Last Edited On: Oct 18, 2010

Route Description

Round Trip-7 miles
Vertical Gain-4,300-ft

The Southwest Slopes Route has now become the standard route up Mount Yale.

From the Denny Creek TH, hike north on a defined Denny Creek Trail for .9 mile to about 10,400-ft and locate the signed Mount Yale Trail.

After locating the Mount Yale Trail, turn right and follow it for .5 mile as it switchbacks up Mount Yale’s gentle southwest slope to 12,200 ft. Follow the talus -ridden climbers trail to the summit. Near the summit, bypass a small rock buttress on it's west side. Once on top, you get great views of the surrounding Sawatch Mountains including a good shot of Mount Princeton from the north. Also, you can preview the excellent Horn Fork Basin approach to Mount Harvard and Columbia.

Essential Gear

Be prepared to stay overnight. Always carry more food and water than you think you will need.

Southwest Slope

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