| Denny Creek
It was a beautiful day to go up in the mountains, calm winds, fairly compacted snow until tree line, and plenty of sunshine. It took ten and half hours round trip (7:30am-6pm), mostly because I had to break trail from tree line, sometimes in waist deep snow. Another hiker, Matt, caught up with me after tree line, and we alternated breaking trail to the top. Conditions were average (details below) but it was a good climb overall.
Buena Vista to Denny Creek TH:
Mostly clear with small patches of ice, but very accessible.
Denny Creek to Tree Line:
Plenty of snow, but trail is compacted as long as you stay on the trail. Snow shoes will help to move faster.
Tree Line to Mount Yale:
Plenty of snow, depending on how you approach the mountain. I traversed the ridge leading up to Yale, it offered a gradual incline, got plenty of sun, and the snow structure was more predictable(in my opinion). There were no trail marks after tree line. I chose my trail from tree line simply because it made sense and it seemed safer. Microspikes was necessary from tree line, crampons would have worked too.
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