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|2015-11-09||Route: Southwest Slopes
Info: Yale on Monday the 9th - I probably should just repeat the previous reports. I only went to 12k (typing this in the airport - had to get back down to Denver). Zero difficulty ascending without traction (and summer boots). I slipped a few times on the way down - poles help a little. Never used my axe. Never dressed heavier than she‘ll pants and fleece top over base layer. Boot pack trail is obvious to tree line. As you exit the trees the boot track is no longer on the Yale summit trail, so do what you like at that point!
|2015-11-08||Route: Southwest Slopes
Info: Not much to add to the previous post. Trail is 96% boot packed snow, with the other 4% dirt/mud. Need at least 8-12 inches of snow before it will be skiable. I went up and down without traction. Had it with me but didn‘t feel the need for it. Car to summit took 3hr36min, and car to car was 5hr32min. Trail is good now, but if it snows this week that will all change.
|2015-11-08||Route: Southwest Slopes
Info: Trail mostly dry below tree line. Some sections with packed snow. At tree line, multiple foot paths, one of which roughly follows the real trail. Minor post holing while crossing the basin to reach the gain to the ridge. Packed trail most of the way up the gain to the ridge. The first section is the toughest, following deep post hole tracks. When you get to the switchbacks on this slope it‘s smooth sailing to the summit. I wouldn‘t recommend snowshoes. Gaitors and microspikes are handy, but you can struggle to the top without them I‘m sure. I can post pictures when I get home. I‘m updating from the summit now. Snow is shallow enough along this route that there is no avy danger. Go get it!
|2015-11-07||Route: Southwest Slopes
Info: Just wanted to clarify one thing - I read on the forum that cottonwood pass is closed. It is closed just beyond the Denny Creek trailhead parking lot if you are coming from Buena Vista.
|2015-10-31||Route: Southwest Slopes
Info: Trail is dry for the most part under tree line. Above is mostly snow covered, and slower going. Above tree line, we had a difficult time finding the trail, so we opted to head straight up the gully. Post holed a good amount, snowshoes might not be a bad idea. Trail was a bit muddy on way down, below tree line. Started at 7:10 AM, summited at 10:00 AM, and were off the mountain by 12:45. Was a great day!
|2015-10-16||Route: Southwest Slopes
Info: The trail was nice and dry the entire way to the summit. The few slightly muddy spots were near the streams, but that‘s to be expected. The aspen were bare, which was unfortunate, but it‘s also pretty late in the season. As the valley was heating up under the sun, it caused a fairly strong breeze/updraft along the ridge which was pretty chilly. Started at 6:15am and summitted by 9:30am.
|2015-09-12||Route: Southwest Slopes
Info: Hiked up Mount Yale today (September 12th). Weather was great with sunny and crystal clear skies and no strong wind (some breeze at summit ridge). The trail is still in summer condition with no major issues. You will see some muddy spots but all are avoidable by walking on rock steps or go around it. No snow existing near the trail at all. Most of forest floor and tundra vegetation are dying due to time of year. Aspen trees are starting to change color, don‘t expect a peak until perhaps last week of September. I am a hiker with average pace- left trailhead at 5:50am, summited at 8:30am, left summit at 9:30am, and arrived at trailhead at 11:30am. Mt Yale is my 15th CO fourteener.
|2015-08-08||Route: Southwest Slopes
Info: Beautiful day to be out with ever-changing Colorado weather. No particular issues or conditions to be aware of. Cold, windy and cloudy till about 11:30AM and lots of people turned back before the shoulder as a result. Sun broke through around noon, making for a warm return.
|2015-07-31||Route: Southwest Slopes
Info: Beautiful views at the top of Mount Harvard and Columbia! Nice easy peak to climb and very straight forward. I forgot my directions, and I was just fine. This is my 16th peak this summer and I am working on climbing all of the 14ers before the summer‘s end! Read more on this hike and all my previous others at sunshineof1985.com. GEAR (to bring): GPS, extra socks, phone, SPOT Satellite Tracker, Map, hiking boots with 2 pairs of socks on, long-sleeve, wind-guard/raincoat, light weight puffy coat (didn‘t need), lightweight gloves (didn‘t need), day pack with water sack, food, sunscreen, lip balm. Road Condition: The trail is right off a highway so the road conditions is awesome! Trail Condition: A couple wet places in treeline, but shouldn‘t get your feet wet. The route is clearly marked and easy to follow all the way to the top. Nice easy switchbacks to follow above treeline, and large boulders as you reach the summit.
|2015-07-04||Route: Southwest Slopes
Info: Pretty much summer conditions. The 2-3, 10 ft sections of snow still remaining are on flat ground. It‘s a great trail.
|2015-07-03||Route: Southwest Slopes
Info: Summer conditions. Nothing but hiking boots needed for gear. Well maintained trail.. CFI was up there doing some work. Beautiful day.
|2015-07-01||Route: Southwest Slopes
Info: Dry until about 13k and then there are a few snow crossings that were pretty icy in the morning. Can be walked around, but that is damaging to the trails. I walked over them with hiking poles, no problem. They would be challenging without poles. Microspikes are unnecessary weight. Little water running down the hike up to the ridge, but it isn‘t ever more than an inch deep and can be avoided by walking over rocks poking out where the water runs. No problem. Find pics at the link below: https://everythingoutdoorscolorado.wordpress.com/2015/07/02/mt-yale/
|2015-06-27||Route: Southwest Slopes
Info: Starting at Denny Creek TH; trail was dry aside from a few creek crossings until treeline, some with log bridges, other with rocks. Can keep your feet dry. Once above treeline, the trail crosses a few snowy patches, easy to cross without spikes; maybe a pole required; has foot step stairs up the snowfields.. Saddle is dry, and the ridge has avoidable to no snow depending on the route. Summit has some snow, but also has plenty of dry area. On the way down at about 10:15 to 11:00 in between the saddle and treeline, the snow starts to get slick, and the trail is muddy. Boots not required, just have some traction for the ridge.
|2015-06-27||Route: East Ridge
Info: Ascended East Ridge from Avalanche, descended southwest slopes to Denny Creek, followed by a run back to the car at Avalanche. Summer season has arrived on Yale--all snow was melted or easily avoidable on both the ascent and descent (i.e., traction and axe unnecessary).
|2015-06-23||Route: Southwest Slopes
Info: Started around 5.30am. Didn‘t post-hole on the way up and only once or twice on the way down around 10am. No snow on trail way past tree line. Streams easily crossed, didn‘t get wet even with light hiking shoes. Up to the ridge it is possible to avoid snowfields which aren‘t very large, but has you scrambling. It‘s easier to just pass through them which I did on the way down. Traversing the ridge to the top you definitely need traction as climbing around the snow gets sketchy. I saw people safe stepping through snow without traction below the ridge but wouldn‘t recommend that either. If you want to go all the way to the top bring spikes/crampons and ideally some poles. I brought an ice axe but didn‘t need it.
|2015-06-21||Route: Southwest Slopes
Info: Almost completely snow free until about 12,500, after that it is snowfields and lots of ice as you try to gain the last ridge. If hiking early, carry some type of traction (I didn‘t posthole once). After gaining the ridge, the final push is more pleasant than expected with the snow still wedged in-between the rocks, making it a class 1 or easy class 2. Still plenty of snow on the northern exposure and the streams are easily passable, even with all the runoff.
|2015-06-13||Route: East Ridge
Info: Attempted Yale on Sunday, June 13th. Turned around at 13,200 due to stormy clouds and snow showers around 10:30 AM. Snow shoes not needed until about 13,200 ft.. it‘s melting like crazy up there so the snow that we saw could easily be gone in another week.
|2015-06-08||Route: Southwest Slopes
Info: Perfect weather, no wind at all. Only one up there. Dry 1.75 mile from trailhead then snow patches below treeline making difficult to follow the trail. Postholing was minimal, snow is hard most of the time. Snow coverage becoming more homogeneous above treeline, spikes or crampons recommended as it‘s very steep and snow is hard. Becoming softer on summit and on the lower part of the slope on my down. Upper part of slope was still like cement on my way down. Snowshoes unnecessary. Little postholing below tree line, snow is so soft that you could basically walk through the snow patches without being stuck. Soil is loose too if you can‘t get on the trail so be extra cautious, rocks were falling at each step, glad nobody was below.
|2015-06-01||Route: Southwest Slopes
Info: Got a 5:30 a.m. start from Denny Creek. Picked up the first few patches of snow after the Brown‘s Pass turnoff. In the meadows after the log bridge crossing at 11,200 the trail becomes hard to follow. Some have snowshoed straight across the meadow and up Yale from this point. I followed the Delaney Gulch stream (take a hard left at the bridge and hug the stream) and was able to find the trail again after the 2nd meadow. It was a combination of snow and dirt with a few crotch deep post holes. The switchbacks are all snow free as you make the push to treeline. Once above the treeline it was snowshoes to the summit, passing a few snow slides, including a decent size one of about 70 yards. After a 10:00 summit the trip down was fine at first and became very mushy about half way between the summit and treeline. I glissaded the first part and then slogged the rest. Under the treeline it was pretty significant postholing and some wet, slushy conditions until back on the snowless path. I took spikes, but never put them on.
|2015-05-30||Route: East Ridge, Descending South to Mascot Peak
Info: Snow line started at 11,000 ft on route. If you climb the ridge parallel to the route (climbers left) then you‘ll avoid snow up to 11,600. We had firm snow once we got up to 12,000 feet on the east ridge with freezing overnight temps. Snow coverage continued to the summit from there with a few dry spots. Hard pack on angled slope was at the upper east ridge. Ice axe and helmet should be on everyone‘s gear checklist this time of year! Descending Yale to the south to get Mascot Peak was very low avy risk/consequence. Windward side of Mascot had coverage with rocks exposed. Leeward was corniced and loaded slope. We followed the east ridge of Mascot to get to treeline and connected with the East Ridge Route. We found significant wet slide potential at treeline in the afternoon when we were there unusually late, 2PM.