Peak:  Mt. Yale (14er)
 Route:  Southwest Slopes
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  activecolorado
 Date of Info:  05/31/2013
 Date Posted:  05/31/2013

Was up on Yale today via SW ridge. Trail is clear through the trees up until around 10,800. Then sporadic snow across the trail in places, but its avoidable. Just below treeline the snow is much more considerable, and it's easy to lose the trail from that point on. Snow still present pretty much the whole way up to the ridge. The ridge up to the summit is also still pretty snowy and icy in places, and the summit still holding snow. Took snow shoes and microspikes, but the snow was crunchy enough to kick steps with just boots. Thought about the microspikes, but didn't use them. Image1 - from treeline to ridge conditions. Image 2 - ridge top toward summit. Image 3 - in the trees nearing treeline (I think that's the crossing at 11,200).

Photos (click for slideshow):
Image #1Image #2Image #3

 Comments or Questions

Yale, 6/2/13
06/01/2013 20:14
I'm gonna go up and give Yale a shot tomorrow. So you think if we are off the mountain before it gets too slushy, we would be fine without snowshoes?
Also, are the roads clear to both the East Ridge and the Southwest Slopes? Thanks!


Re: Yale 6/2
06/01/2013 20:19
Road is clear to both trailheads. We were back to the trailhead around 1 pm and I only post holed maybe 10-20 times. It was staying solid enough.

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