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 Peak(s):  Mt. Yale  -  14,196 feet
 Post Date:  09/10/2009
 Date Climbed:   09/05/2009
 Posted By:  KWhelan

 AreToo bags Yale - std rte   

Net-net, Yale is an easier class 2. We were 4 1/2 hours up, 3 down.

We really enjoyed bagging Yale. We car camped, leaving Denny Creek trailhead at 4:45a. With a full moon and the hound's nose, we made rapid progress on the wide trail to the fork. A feature of this hike is that it is low on the west side for the first 2 1/2 miles or so. In fact, we never felt the sun until we got to the saddle. Just above treeline, we stopped for this photo looking west at a setting moon. Image

The hike to the saddle once you break above treeline is aptly called a "grind" as it is on a primarily thin sand trail and steep. This photo Image
looks down at the trail from the summit. You can also see the road just above the parking lot in the upper left corner. The portion of the trail you can see here is not as steep as the part you cannot see completing to the saddle.

Looking back at the top of the boulder-hop from the summit. Image

From the saddle to the summit, the cairns on the right side of the ridge do mark the best path (we tried the left side and had to retrace our steps). If you are new to boulder - hopping, this is a good place to start as there is only about 20 minutes of it to reach the summit.

Our obligatory summit photo, AreToo and I. Image

We were first up, and a couple of other groups came soon behind us. Thanks for the use of the sign! None of us could locate the medallion or a register.

Views of Princeton Image
and Buena Vista Image
from the summit
AreToo now has 3 peaks and over 12,000 feet in his first summer. What a hound!



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  • Comments or Questions
chamonix


Nice pics!     2009-09-10 17:16:07
I was on Yale a coupe of weeks ago. Not hard, nor steep. Just boring above tree line, except for the finish from the shoulder to the summit. Did it in 1 h 45 mn to get past the monotonous part as quickly as possible... I‘m not planning on going back ever. Looking for more excitement in my hikes!



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