Peak(s):  Mt. Yale  -  14,196 feet
Date Posted:  08/02/2009
Modified:  08/03/2009
Date Climbed:   07/23/2009
Author:  Gopherboy
 Mt. Yale - Denny Creek - Day 2  

Yale Trip Report
Thursday July 23, 2009

Denny Creek Trailhead - 9,900 ft
Summit Elevation - 14,196 ft
Elevation Gain - 4,300 ft
Round-trip length - 8.0 miles

Since our first day hike was entirely above treeline (DeCaLiBron), we were excited to start Day 2 among the pine trees. With a great meal at Zichittella's in Leadville the night before, we were fully energized and on the trail around 7:00 am.

Starting up the well worn trail

Crossing Denny Creek

Then cross Delaney stream

Progressing across flat area near 12,000 ft

Interesting tree

Making our way up the long steep shoulder

Further along the shoulder

Plenty of wildflowers

A look at the steep slope to saddle and the ridge to Yale (right)

Making our way up to the saddle

View back down from saddle

View of Horn Fork Basin with Harvard (left), Columbia (center) from the saddle

Brian and Carrie refueling before final scramble up ridge crest (summit not visible)

Fun scramble (hiker, center)

Trent on scramble (exposure is not as severe as it appears - maybe)

Final portion before summit 3762 (Carrie, Steve and Brian waiting patiently for Trent, not really! )

Group summit photo with Princeton in background over Carrie's head

Fantastic hike and wins the award for "Best Scramble" on this trip. We worked up an appetite on the way back down and most of our conversation centered around how much we would enjoy cold beers and a large filet at Quincy's. We satisfied both of these cravings once we returned to Leadville and finalized our plan to tackle Mt. Massive the following day.

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 Comments or Questions

Excellent pics
08/03/2009 15:06
I especially like your photo captioned, ”Making our way up to the saddle.” I hiked Yale on 7/16, and that photo particularly shows the steepness involved. Thanks for sharing!


08/03/2009 16:09
I remember commenting earlier in the climb about how steep the trail was. But I gained a brand new perspective as we neared the saddle!

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