Peak(s):  Mt. Yale  -  14,196 feet
Date Posted:  11/11/2008
Date Climbed:   11/10/2008
Author:  mzim79

 November on Yale - South Ridge  

The three of us left Colorado Springs at about 5:30, and got to the Denny Creek Trailhead by 8:10. The road up to the trailhead was clear, and there was little to no snow for the first quarter mile of the trail. After that, the snow was about 2-4 inches deep, but the trail was packed down quite nicely. Image Mr. Kaplan's trip report from 11/08 was quite helpful, especially in avoiding a wrong turn around 11,300. We made the treeline in about 2 hours, and the fun started. Image Image The hike to the saddle was grueling, but once on the saddle, it's a quick 20-30 minute scramble to the summit. We made the summit by 12:30, and hung out for about 35 minutes. The clouds cleared and we had awesome views in every direction. Image Image The hike down seemed very long, but we were able to make it back to the parking lot by 4:30. Mountain Lion tracks? Image We were all happy to get on the road and get back to the Spring, and grateful for being able to check off another 14er this late in the season.

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 Comments or Questions

02/05/2011 00:22
Glad you guys didn‘t miss the trail cut-off in the woods! I followed GK up on Saturday, and I‘m guessing that cost us some time and distance on the way up!

As for the tracks, my guess is that those were from Suzie, the hyperactive Rhodesian that was first to summit on Saturday!

George Kaplan

11/11/2008 18:22
Looks like it was another terrific day of weather for tackling Yale! I‘m glad you made it up without much trouble. 8)

I remember wondering about those tracks myself on the hike up. I think they were made by a dog, but a larger one than Suzie the Rhodesian. Here‘s a pretty cool link I found on identifying dog tracks vs. large cat tracks:

CO Native

Definitely canine tracks
11/11/2008 23:39
The claw marks are a dead give away on those tracks that they belong to a dog.


great pics
11/12/2008 02:14
I love the mountains when the get snowy. Looks like great hike with awesome views down into the Arkansas River Valley. I am also going to have to agree with everyone above, the tracks definitely look to be of the K9 persuasion.


Thanks for your report
11/30/2010 17:28
I enjoyed your trip report of Yale. I'm from Illinois and I attempted Yale in Aug 08, but I had to turn back just under the saddle. I plan to hike up it again in July 09, and this time get all the way to the top. I can't wait! Also, I liked your comment, "The hike to the saddle was grueling, but once on the saddle, it's a quick 20-30 minute scramble to the summit." I'll remember that as I huff and puff at 13,000!

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