Peak(s):  Mt. Yale  -  14,196 feet
Date Posted:  06/10/2006
Date Climbed:   06/09/2006
Author:  gv14
 Yale - Denny Creek  

Did Yale on Friday, June 9th with Ty. I actually left my house in Denver at 2:45am and drove to Denny Creek Trailhead. Wow, what we will do to climb a 14er! There had been heavy rain the evening before and snow above about 12,000 feet. Ty and I got started on the trail at 5:30am. Dana Miller and her dog Homer started right behind us. The first couple of hours were overcast and cool. It made for a nice hike to about 12,000'. The weather changed considerably at that point. The peak was blanketed with low clouds and fog like conditions. The wind picked up and was blowing consistently at 30+mph. Our gauges said the temp was now in the mid 20s. The only snow that we had to contend with was in the form of an icy snow that covered the scamble to the summit.

I had read a post earlier regarding what class the scramble is to the summit. On the ascent, we lost the trail (snow and wind helped) and we ended up doing what we considered more than class 2 hiking. On the descent, we found the trail off the summit and it was clearly class 2. The key is to stay lower off the ridge to the summit and the trail should present itself.

We did summit at 9:25am and stayed up there for about 25 minutes. There was probably a couple of hundred feet of visibility at best. We looked for a bit for the log but did not find it. "They" say you can see 30 14ers from the summit of Yale. We saw one, Yale. The wind continued to batter us until we got down to about 13,000 feet. It did start to clear just a bit as we headed down. We got to the car at 12:30pm.

We ran into a few couples heading up who asked about the waist deep snow on the trail. There are some snow fields but there is no snow that you have to contend with. The icy snow on the rocks approaching the summit made us a bit more careful with our foot placement. We enjoyed the day even with the weather and lack of view from the summit. Dana and Homer the dog also summitted. I think 2 other couples may have summitted later as well. It did begin to rain and look a little nasty as we looked back towards that mountain at 12:30pm.


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