Peak:  Mt. Yale (14er)
 Route:  Southwest Slopes
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  djkest
 Date of Info:  05/21/2012
 Date Posted:  05/24/2012

Hey guys, we did Mt. Yale on Monday and got a little lost. I thought these photos would be helpful. There are plenty of snowdrifts below treeline and that can make navigating the trial difficult. Several people have gotten lost already trying to find their way through the forest.

On the summit ridge, it's still holding a fair amount of snow- it can get soft and slippery under the sun. Spikes are not NEEDED, but some people would appreciate it. Besides these 2 areas, the trail is in great shape.

Right before treeline there is a bunch of snow, and footprints in every direction.

This is the way we went vs. the way you should go.

We had to backtrack almost a 1/2 mile to regain the route (proper route in green).

Here is where the problem starts, right after you start down a short, steep section of the trail. In this depression there is a bunch of small deep snowdrifts.

When you reach this point, you need to hook back to the right and head to the broken tree that I circuled.

Head around the broken tree and angle up and right to stay with the trail. This part is critical! Hopefully you should stick with the trail and you will have no problems once you leave treeline. It can get muddy in the later morning as it thaws out.

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