Peak(s):  Mt. Yale  -  14,196 feet
Date Posted:  05/24/2010
Date Climbed:   05/23/2010
Author:  flybeyes

 Mt. Yale-Denny Creek  

My son and I hiked Mt. Yale yesterday. Let me just say this is my first trip report so if I get it wrong, please let me know. Start time was 0510. Calm winds and 44degrees. We hit the summit at 0840. 27 degrees, winds 3-11 mph. Left the peak at 0900 and got to the car at 1115. So, a good 6hr. hike. Easy to hike on top of snow with YakTrax on. Fell through very little. I would say, this trail would be unusable without some traction help. Snow on trail in trees was icy and lots of snow on top. With traction help on our shoes, this was a wonderful and easy (relative) hike. Perfect weather and temps. Best of all, we were the only ones on the entire mountain. Gotta love it.

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 Comments or Questions

June 18
05/27/2010 19:14
Trying to guess conditons on June 18th, going with a group and trying to decide if I want buy the Yak Trax?? I assume in 3 weeks there will be a lot less snow, just trying to finalize what we are bringing for the hike.


Mt. Yale Re:
05/29/2010 11:58
In three weeks, you will definately not need Yaktrax. Most of the hill is exposed toward the west and will melt off. Some thoughts, We had 3 of 4 of our Yaktrax come off on the steeper protions. One rolled 200-300yds. downhill. One Yaktrax Pro and two regular Yaktrax. They are great on level but dont work well on steep. There are other brands out there although more expensive, stay on your feet. Do your research. I am saving up for the better pair. Sorry, the name of them escape me at the moment. One stop at REI and you can find them. Have fun hiking.

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