Peak:  Mt. Yale (14er)
 Route:  Southwest Slopes
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  Rcizzle
 Date of Info:  05/17/2012
 Date Posted:  05/17/2012

Yale is suffering from what a lot of other Sawatch Peaks are (except Missouri) trail hiding snow sitting between 11,500 and 11,700 ft. I lost the trail again in between these elevations had to improvise.....again, but I wasn't alone another climber I met made the same tree line route finding mistake. Also lots of ice on the trail above treeline early. Trail is mostly clear 11,500 and after 11,700 it is mostly clear to the summit ridge saddle. The saddle to the summit is definitely packing some snow. Super windy on summit ridge, but by the time I got to the summit it calmed completely. Here are some pics that might interest you

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