Peak(s):  Mt. Yale  -  14,196 feet
Date Posted:  10/26/2011
Modified:  08/03/2013
Date Climbed:   10/22/2011
Author:  Muskie5280
Additional Members:   devilrox
 Late Season Climb on Yale  

One of the benefits of a La Nina winter is usually a late start to the big snows in the high country. This year proved no different and we were able to sneak in a relatively "summery" climb of Mt. Yale in late October.

Kris and I are not ones to start a hike late, not intentionally at least. Unfortunately camping wasn't really a choice the night before the hike, so we left Denver at 3 am in order to be at the Denny Creek TH off of Cottonwood Pass by 6 am. A wide open I-70 let us accomplish this task with ease.

We completed the first 2 miles in the early morning hours with our headlamps. The hike started off gradually, gaining only 591, 557, and 725 ft respectively for the first 3 miles. The trail was pretty easy to follow thanks to the hard work of CFI earlier this summer. The only wrong turn we took was into a meadow across a bridge. We were able to instantly pick up where we were though and get back on path. Had it been light out, it would have been less of an issue.

Around sunrise, we were approaching treeline and the mountains to the south of us slowly revealed their gently snow-capped selves. As beautiful as the mountains are at all times...something snowy peaks always gives me pause and makes me further appreciate them.

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