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 Peak(s):  Mt. Yale  -  14,196 feet
 Post Date:  08/02/2009 Modified: 08/03/2009
 Date Climbed:   07/23/2009
 Posted By:  Gopherboy

 Mt. Yale - Denny Creek - Day 2   

Yale Trip Report
Thursday July 23, 2009

Denny Creek Trailhead – 9,900 ft
Summit Elevation – 14,196 ft
Elevation Gain – 4,300 ft
Round-trip length – 8.0 miles

Since our first day hike was entirely above treeline (DeCaLiBron), we were excited to start Day 2 among the pine trees. With a great meal at Zichittella's in Leadville the night before, we were fully energized and on the trail around 7:00 am.

Starting up the well worn trail
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Crossing Denny Creek
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Then cross Delaney stream
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Progressing across flat area near 12,000 ft
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Interesting tree
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Making our way up the long steep shoulder
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Further along the shoulder
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Plenty of wildflowers
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A look at the steep slope to saddle and the ridge to Yale (right)
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Making our way up to the saddle
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View back down from saddle
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View of Horn Fork Basin with Harvard (left), Columbia (center) from the saddle
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Brian and Carrie refueling before final scramble up ridge crest (summit not visible)
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Fun scramble (hiker, center)
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Trent on scramble (exposure is not as severe as it appears - maybe)
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Final portion before summit 3762 (Carrie, Steve and Brian waiting patiently for Trent, not really! )
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Group summit photo with Princeton in background over Carrie's head
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Fantastic hike and wins the award for "Best Scramble" on this trip. We worked up an appetite on the way back down and most of our conversation centered around how much we would enjoy cold beers and a large filet at Quincy's. We satisfied both of these cravings once we returned to Leadville and finalized our plan to tackle Mt. Massive the following day.



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  • Comments or Questions (2)
Tjohn67238


Excellent pics     2009-08-03 09:06:44
I especially like your photo captioned, ”Making our way up to the saddle.” I hiked Yale on 7/16, and that photo particularly shows the steepness involved. Thanks for sharing!


Gopherboy


Thanks     2009-08-03 10:09:48
I remember commenting earlier in the climb about how steep the trail was. But I gained a brand new perspective as we neared the saddle!



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