Peak(s):  Mt. Yale  -  14,196 feet
Date Posted:  08/13/2010
Date Climbed:   08/13/2010
Author:  SuzanG

 Denny Creek TH-Junction*Fruit on trail*Holes in rocks*WIND  

Did Mt. Yale this morning and just wanted to share some quick information about the sign junction. As mentioned in other trip reports, it is easy to see and would be hard to miss. It took between 30 and 35 minutes of hiking, to reach it. There was a hiker just ahead of me that thought the first stream crossing was after the sign, so he thought he had missed it, but he hadn't.

Trail was uphill for the first few hundred feet then very nice and gradual for a while. Most of the descriptions I'd seen made it sound like it was flat at the beginning. It had been 9 years since I'd done it last so actually was concerned that it wasn't flat! (Honestly I think all Colorado trails go up!)

Once I got close to the saddle the wind picked up. On top of the ridge it had to be 40-60 mph! Not gusts-continuous. I thought I would get blown off! Coming down it was windy almost all the way back to tree line. Otherwise skies were clear and blue. Just beautiful!

There was a pile of fruit along the trail, in one spot. They were things like oranges, avocado, apples etc. cut in sections-some partially eaten-really strange. Anyone know what that was about? Seemed odd that someone would bring a bag of that kind of stuff up and dump it.

Was also curious about the 20 or so rocks along the trail that had these perfectly round holes in them. Anyone know? Couldn't have been there naturally. Only saw it along one section of the lower part of the trail. Don't recall seeing anything like that anywhere else. Any thoughts?

Despite the weather-reached the summit in 2:45/ on top for almost 25 min and back to the car in 5:20 total time. GPS said distance was 8.4 miles RT.


 Comments or Questions
scott goldberg

it's a mystery!!!
01/24/2013 15:47

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