Peak(s):  Mt. Yale  -  14,196 feet
Date Posted:  08/25/2007
Date Climbed:   08/25/2007
Author:  Sourdough

 Mt Yale - Southwest Slopes (Denny Creek TH)  

Middlebrook's directions are accurate at this URL
Here are a couple of enhancements.
The trail is obvious until the scramble at the top. This is a suitable hike for solo ascent.
As you prepare to cross Denny Creek, look left upstream about 10 meters for the log bridge rather than hopping the rocks.
After the saddle, I recommend staying to the climber's right on the ridge (south side). You can get to the top on the left (I did), but it's more rugged scrambling. I descended on the south side of the ridge and it was much easier.
You will appreciate how steep the trail is on the descent from the saddle. Footing is a challenge.

Ascent time: 3:30 hours including a ten-minute snack break.
Descent: 2:15 hours.
Total hike time: 6:30 hours.

Trip notes: Spectacular day with clear skies. I hiked with old climbing partner Kirk, and Kevin on his first 14er. It was windy and cold on the ridge and top. Great vistas and a pretty hike through the woods. I will do this one again.


 Comments or Questions

hiking poles
08/26/2007 00:47
Heading down from the saddle,hiking poles were a god send. Congrats on summit---Yale is very 8)

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