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2014-10-13  Southwest Slopes  Plenty of snow from almost as soon as you leave the trailhead all the way to the summit. Fresh powder though so no postholing. I was glad I had snowshoes. Some decent microspike would have been nice as well. Had to break trail the whole way. Also, make sure your orienteering skills are up to snuff. There‘s no visible trail above treeline. [climber]   2014-10-14  0  2    Edit Delete 
2014-09-27  Southwest Slopes  Really warm and sunny all day. no snow anywhere. actually the warmest 14er I‘ve ever hiked. last 1000‘ is steep and quite difficult. the aspens were beautiful but will fade fast! setchie   2014-09-28  0     Edit Delete 
2014-09-13  East Ridge  It was 65F at the trailhead. No snow in sight anywhere. I saw nobody else at all on the hike up to the saddle at 11,900 ft. Camped at the saddle. A little chilly but still above freezing in the morning. On Saturday I hiked up to the peak along the East ridge. This is not so much a trail as a general direction. The trail starts out quite well defined but often disappears in the rocks. There are very few cairns (I added a few more on the way down). Some of the trail is very loose and quite exposed. Some of my choices were a little dubious and I ended up doing more rock climbing than hiking in a few places. Pictures on Panoramio: http://www.panoramio.com/user/1120690/tags/Mt%20Yale%20-%2013%20Sep%202014 wincoder   2014-09-14  0  1    Edit Delete 
2014-09-01  Southwest Slopes  Great hike. This is a really easy one to drive too. There is no camping at the trailhead but a good amount of parking. The initial trail is easy to find. My obviously outdated book, stated 7 miles for this hike and .9 miles to the turn off. The print off stated 9.5 miles and 1.25 to the left hand turn to the Yale trail. There is one log without a sign on it a short ways up the trail. There is a trail to the left of this signpost with a washed out bridge half way down a stream. At 4:30 AM I was a little confused if that was the trail. It‘s not. Keep heading up until you cross three log bridges over a stream. Keep going straight until you see a very well marked sign. Veer left and you are on your way. The rest of the trail was easy to see. The trail is steep at times and is slower going at the top when you get into the boulders. Did I say great hike?  outdoorjen5280   2014-09-01 1     Edit Delete 
2014-07-03  East Ridge  It was nice and easy from Avalanche TH. I only hit 3 small snowfields that you could just walk over. Ohh and lots of marmots. Dean82   2014-07-04 3     Edit Delete 
2014-07-02  Southwest Slopes  Road to TH completely dry - entire trail clear of snow & all bridge crossings clear. Water in streams from recent snow melt is still a little higher than normal, but easily crossable without aid. soon2b_mac   2014-07-05  0     Edit Delete 
2014-06-28  Southwest Slopes  Trail is open and clear to the top. There are a few downed trees in a wet stream section between about 11,300 and 11,900. Veer to hikers right around the downed trees to avoid the wet (and keep from doing more damage to the area while you are at at). Blue6String   2014-06-29  0     Edit Delete 
2014-06-27  Southwest Slopes  Two friends and I climbed Mt. Yale yesterday. Other than extremely high winds (which are gone today), the conditions were superb. Virtually all of the snow is gone, I only encountered snow across the trail twice, and could easily have gone around, but it was only an inch or two left. The streams are flowing fast, but are easily with the log bridges or rocks in place. gblair71   2014-06-28  0  1  Edit Delete 
2014-06-23  Southwest Slopes  Summer conditions in full effect. Do not bring snow gear. addrock528   2014-06-25  0     Edit Delete 
2014-06-17  Southwest Slopes  99.5% free of snow. We had a perfect day. Started at 530 and were out at 220 to the sounds of cat Stevens and peace train in the parking lot. Doesn‘t get any better! Therbert   2014-06-21 1     Edit Delete 
2014-06-16  Southwest Slopes  Open all the way. No spikes or snowshoes needed. Wind was the only constant on 6/14 NittanyLion14er   2014-06-16 1     Edit Delete 
2014-06-14  Southwest Slopes  No point in giving an elongated report, Mountain is ready to be climbed, trail 99% snow free, which can be attested to by the 64 individuals we passed on the way down after being the first to summit this morning. marcstrawser   2014-06-14  0     Edit Delete 
2014-06-07  Southwest Slopes  Hell of a day up on Mt. Yale due to poor planning and following others‘ confused footprints. The first report from June 7 mentioned the difficulty of finding the trail in the snow filled basin immediately below treeline. My partner and I followed footprints and two other groups that led way left and ended up hiking for two or three additional hours on scree as we attempted to gain the ridge. Otherwise the trail was great and easy to follow. nlee13   2014-06-09  0  1    Edit Delete 
2014-06-07  Southwest Slopes  Entire trail in good condition will only a a few snow transition sections. No snowshoes or micros needed given the previous traffic via the Southwest Slopes and followed those those steps embedded in the short deeper transitions. mtnvoyer   2014-06-08  0     Edit Delete 
2014-06-07  Southwest Slopes  The trail up Mt. Yale is largely free of snow with only a snow filled basin just below tree line causing any route finding problems. In that basin it is very difficult to find the trail due to postholing footprints going in all directions. I just headed straight up a steep slope and found the trail again. The upper slopes has a few snowfields that were packed solid and I just walked right across them. The final rocky ridgeline to the summit also had a few icy spots, but with care they are easy to get across. I brought both my snowshoes and microspikes and ended up not needing them for this hike. Also note that the first stream crossing was a bit tricky because of the amount of water coming down the creek. If I didn‘t have my trekking poles to help keep my balance I probably would have had gotten my boots wet. Overall it is near summer conditions on Mt. Yale and a very enjoyable hike. OutbackDobbs   2014-06-08 3  1    Edit Delete 
2014-05-28  Southwest Slopes  Friend and I did Yale today. Started at 5:50. Snow was hard packed on the way up except in two locations, but coming down around noon was another story! Postholed almost the entire way back except when we ‘glissaded‘. Not at all sure when, but there was an avalanche maybe a week or more ago (you could see layers of dust) and that led to extra deep postholing. First pic shows the step snow fields that required no traction devices, though later towards the saddle, they would have been quicker. Second - probably the deepest snow pack up there. Third - a pano a little below the saddle Fourth - friend ‘glissading‘, or a controlled butt slide goldenite   2014-05-28 4  2    Edit Delete 
2014-05-25  Southwest Slopes  A winter climb in late May. We checked forecast for Saturday night into Sunday and foolishly thought it was probably pessimistic but none the less we were prepared for it to be full on winter climb. Slept in our truck and it rained all night long but never froze down at the trail head. By 6AM we were on the trail in sleet. Previously mentioned existing snow crossings were still there and because it had not froze were just beginning a day of post holing. Above the last creek crossing with logs (~11,200ft) the rain from last night had been snow and the boot track quickly disappeared. We followed some faint tracks and ended up left of the trail and off route before turning to the less than well populated GPS route in our receiver. Ended up back on "route" above 12,000ft where there was 6-12 inches of new wind blown snow and no longer any hint of previous boot track. Followed the GPS route from there forward but were presented with numerous significant (on all fours) post holing instances from there to the saddle. Visibility had dropped to as low as 200-300 ft at times. Summit ridge was loaded with 12-16 inches of new snow. On the descent we again got off route in the trees (trying to avoid large snow drifts) and finally popped back out at ~11,200ft. We had opted to forgo snowshoes because of rain covers we had on our packs and questioned if that would have made for easier going in all the new snow. Once the sun has had a chance to consolidate the snow, this will become more of a Spring climb quickly coloradomojo   2014-05-26 1     Edit Delete 
2014-05-21  Southwest Slopes  Zero sign of snow anywhere on the road up to the trailhead. I did this on the 21st and there were still some pretty deep drifts starting about a mile up the trail. The drifts got bigger and after another mile, the trail was mostly still covered. There were multiple boot packs almost all the way to the summit, with some evidence of someone occasionally postholing while wearing snowshoes. I only used ice trekkers, gaiters, poles, and an axe, which seemed more than sufficient for the ascent. It was easy enough to walk across the snow in the morning, by early afternoon the snow had softened up enough to make for a nice, easy, slightly wet, glissade down the upper slope. After descending back into the trees, I began to kick down sun wheels in some places and was glad I was off the upper slopes. I also realized how much time I had wasted 1: Waking up late and deciding to make a cup of coffee. 2: Fiddling with new gear and adjusting layers 3: being out of shape from being lazy all winter. I paid for these mistakes by postholing all the way back to the Denny Creek crossing. I didn‘t see a single soul until I got back to the parking lot. All in all, good climb. Start early. Relative to Zero   2014-05-23 4  2    Edit Delete 
2014-05-17  Southwest Slopes  Hiked the southwest slope yesterday and it was great, a little windy at the top, 30-40mph wind blowing snow. Ambient temperature at the summit was 41deg, and all the snow was melting fast. the southwest route was dry in the morning for about 3/4 of a mile then there was snow (image 1). We only needed microspikes up until about 12500, and really you probably didnt need them but we used them. After that we put on the snowshoes and ascended the slope to the ridge with them (image 2) the snow was a little deeper and the added slope made it easier to hike utilizing the crampons on the snowshoes, on the ridge to the summit only microspikes were needed. The snow in the afternoon was very wet. coming down from the ridge to tree line was a lot of sliding and falling down unless you just glisslided down. Snow depth on the slope from tree line to the ridge varied between nothing and 6 inches for the most part and was melting fast. once in treeline we were able to not use our snowshoes, we postholed a little bit and the snow in some places is still several feet thick however we were able to just walk over most of it still. A lot of the snow on the trail was melted and there were a lot of bare spots and the snow had receded probably another half mile further up the trail from where it was in the morning, it was pretty muddy but nothing to awful. Conditions at the summit were brutal, the 30-40mph winds were blowing snow so hard that unless you had all skin covered and wearing snow goggles it was unbearable, some parts i had to hike sideways to protect the little bit of my face that was unprotected from the blowing snow. The snow pack at the summit was still pretty solid despite the temperature. Image 3 is from the summit looking at the northwest ridge Image 4 is from the summit looking at the northeast ridge and columbia. Jmbiller   2014-05-18 4  2    Edit Delete 
2014-05-04  Southwest Slopes  Trail can be reached with 2WD. No snow conditions existed on road. Boots on the ground at 5:30. Snow conditions stable. Boot pack through trees. Route finding fairly simple by following boot pack. Hard pack steep sections - traction very helpful. Snowshoes not necessary on ascent. Steady, strong winds on final ascent. Appreciated traction and poles to provide 3rd point of contact in really windy, ridge crest, final approach section. Recommend finding trail to work way down after you have come off the peak. Another hiker turned down before trail and got stuck in steep slippery conditions. Snow softened in afternoon sun. Frequent post holing. Flotation is helpful - but not mandatory - in afternoon. Glissading is possible in sections. Beautiful hike. Beautiful day. Beautiful views. ebonem   2014-05-05  0  1 1  Edit Delete 

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