Taken from just up the Cottonwood Pass (306) road, 1
shows the upper route. From the parking area, follow the broad trail north into the forest. After 1 mile, cross the Denny Creek stream on a log bridge. Near 1.3 miles, reach the Hartenstein Lake/Mt. Yale trail junction
and turn right - 2
. Yale. Weave through the forest and eventually parallel the stream in Delaney Gulch.
Near 11,200', cross the Delaney Gulch stream on a log bridge
. Shortly after some small meadows, the trail climbs north then east up a steep hillside - 4
. Above 12,100', leave the trees and continue up through rocks as you approach a shoulder - 6
. Once on the shoulder, head northeast toward Yale's upper west slopes - 8
. Near 13,200' the upper slope steepens - 11
. Grind out 750 feet of elevation gain to reach 13,950', at a saddle
on Yale's northwest ridge.
Turn right and walk over to the base of the rugged summit ridge - 12
. Follow a cairned, Class 2, boulder-hopping route along the west (right) side of the ridge crest or scramble along the ridge crest to increase the difficulty to Easy Class 3 - 13
. Continue to the spacious summit