Mt. Yale  
Condition Updates  
 
Route: Southwest Slopes
Posted On: 2020-10-19, By: awon2zip
Info: Completely dry. Creeks are really easy to cross. High winds near the ridge and summit 
1
 
Route: Southwest Slopes
Posted On: 2020-10-12, By: noob_hiker
Info: Arrived at trailhead 05:45, third car to park. Summer conditions entire way up, 3hr 15min ascent. Short summit party as winds were blowing upwards of 50 mph. 
 
Route: Southwest Slopes
Posted On: 2020-10-08, By: Ericsheffey
Info: Yale, 10/7/20, SW Slopes - Dennys Creek TH Conditions: Dry throughout, no snow or ice on the trail at all. Stream crossings were pretty low as well. No noticeable smoke in the air over the Sawatch Range this morning, but that changes by the day. Overall I thought the trail was very well maintained as well, it was perfect for a quick morning hike. 
7
 
Route: Southwest Slopes
Posted On: 2020-09-30, By: runnerx
Info: No snow or ice on trail. Great visibility. Fall colors hit and miss. 
3
 
Route: Southwest Slopes
Posted On: 2020-09-17, By: sigepnader
Info: Mostly dry with some snow above 12,200. There is some pesky snow hanging on the ridge but can be avoided decently. 
5
 
Route: Southwest Slopes
Posted On: 2020-09-14, By: Kellygirl
Info: Started at 6:30 this morning and had a wonderful climb. We were prepared with spikes and warm coats but did not use either. Poles are a must with snow and some ice on the trail. The scramble at the top was no joke and with the little bit of snow on top, it was pretty dicey, doable, but you have to be very careful. We loved all the water crossings. 
3
 
Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2020-09-16, By: soundchaser2112
Info: The Colorado Trail section was mostly melted, or was very well-defined where snow was still present. The east ridge trail was still covered in knee-deep snow, with lots of postholing occurring. The south face of the ridge was mostly melted with occasional patches of snow while there was still plenty of snow on the north face. Poles and microspikes were very useful, ice ax was not necessary. 
 
Route: Southwest Slopes
Posted On: 2020-09-14, By: rsmith0603
Info: Summitted on 9/13. Nice long hike through the trees, then things get steep above treeline up to the saddle. After you gain the ridge, there's about 15 minutes of fun scrambling to the summit, although nothing too intense. Go slow and watch where you put your feet, and you'll be fine. You can put yourself in exposed spots on the ridge, but there's always a more mellow line if you look for it. We did this without traction, but it certainly would've been easier with some micro-spikes, especially on the way down -- there are some icy spots that really slow you down if you don't have traction. On 9/13 there were lots of hikers out. Probably saw 50 other people. Since this route is southwest facing, it probably has much less snow than the other 14ers in the Sawatch. Beautiful views of the entire Sawatch from the summit, and you're able to see all the way down to Shavano on a clear day. You can even see the Elk Range. Incredible view of Mount Princeton across the Cottonwood Creek drainage. 
 
Route: Southwest Slopes
Posted On: 2020-09-13, By: tlgold1990
Info: Not as much snow as I was expecting. A few icy spots along the way. More snow towards the top. Used microspikes but definitely doable without them. Saw plenty of ppl not using traction. Postholed a few times on the ridge to the knee. Route is still well marked and thise before us did a great job navigating the trail. 
 
Route: Southwest Slopes
Posted On: 2020-09-13, By: Pyronix
Info: Snow covered most of the trail but was well packed so although we brought snowshoes in the car, we decided to leave them and just take microspikes, which I'm glad we did. The trail was very clear until a little before treeline where it became more difficult to tell exactly where the standard route trail was. There were lots of splintered paths and lots of people were just picking their own line through the snow. On the final uphill stretch to reach the ridge, people had sort of created a new ad-hoc series of switchbacks that worked really well but weren't on the actual standard route (I could tell this with my GPS). After gaining the ridge, it was another few hundred feet of elevation gain climbing the talus to the summit. The talus was still pretty filled in with snow in a lot of places and involved a lot of hand usage and even a few basic class 3 moves. I'm not sure if this is normal during dry conditions since this was my first time on this peak. Coming down the snow had already melted considerably throughout the day and most of the trail from treeline back to the trailhead was mud and dirt. I expect the full trail will be completely melted in the next day or two. Very enjoyable weather and climb! 
 
Route: Southwest Slopes
Posted On: 2020-09-12, By: dssmith15
Info: Yeah buddy! Saturday it don't matter day! What a difference a day makes. After dropping out of Princeton mid semester yesterday, we decided to enroll at Yale today. Beautiful day. Sun shining. No wind. Trail is pretty easy to follow. Had spikes on from 12k up and they definitely helped. 
1
 
Route: Southwest Slopes
Posted On: 2020-08-23, By: JolieAme
Info: Smoke from fires moved in at around 9:30am. Left Denny Creek Trailhead at 4:50am and summited at around 9:30am. Hike back down to parking lot was very smoky and eyes and throat started to burn. 
 
Route: Southwest Slopes
Posted On: 2020-08-14, By: AMKclimb
Info: Great conditions. 
1
 
Route: Southwest Slopes
Posted On: 2020-08-12, By: wanderlust073
Info: Was worried about wildfire smoke mucking with the views but it must still be blowing north. Trail condition - perfect. Weather - perfect. Lack of crowds - perfect. Just a beautiful morning and back down in time to get knee deep in a creek full of trout. Got snowed on briefly around 13k... 
 
Route: Southwest Slopes
Posted On: 2020-08-11, By: PJ88
Info: Everything is in summer conditions. Water crossings are all easy. Started at 4AM and had the summit to myself for a little while. Plenty of people coming up on my way down. 
4
 
Route: Southwest Slopes
Posted On: 2020-08-06, By: Above_Treeline
Info: Trail is in great condition but kinda tends to disappear at times above treeline in rocky areas. I found myself looking around a few times trying to figure out where it went. Definitely some cool scrambling on the ridge!!! Had a hard time figuring out where the trail was on the ridge exactly (never did figure it out completely though I used it some,) next time I might just forget about it and try going more across the top. Fun times. Wish I had more time on it. Definitely considered going down the East Ridge, I had fun on that a couple years ago (but didn't summit) and could see the area I got up to. It was hard to go past the Hartenstein Lake /Brown's Pass turn. Those are cool hikes too. Especially Brown's Pass, and you can go to Kroenke lake and apparently up Yale from there, too 
 
Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2020-08-03, By: clincoln15
Info: Perfect day for a climb on Yale. Got a recommendation from my server at the Surf Hotel to do the East slops from Avalanche Trail-head instead of the South West route and I'm so glad I did. It's definitely more challenging with some minor exposure and route finding, but hiking along the ridge was incredibly rewarding. Only saw about 5 other people on the route vs the roughly 30 people at the summit, plus there is a huge parking lot that won't fill up. If you're confident in your climbing and navigating, I would highly suggest this route. 
 
Route: Southwest Slopes
Posted On: 2020-07-20, By: Eagle Eye
Info: Just super summer conditions on the standard route Sunday. Both parking lots at Denny Creek TH were full when I got down, they were about a quarter full at 3:30 am! I set out very early about 3:45 am and was the first to reach the summit yesterday. The trail and log crossings are all in great shape. Kudos go to Dean, who spent a lot of his day getting a lost Plott hound dog back to its owners on the mountain. 
 
Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2020-07-05, By: coloradosheets
Info: July 4th Summer conditions, two snow field crossings but very short and flat (some minor exposure). Important to note: This route is very demanding and challenging, definitely more than a Class II. Lots of scrambling and route finding above 13k. Coming down took an hour to get back below 13k and about 90 minutes to get from peak down into the trees . 
 
Route: Southwest Slopes
Posted On: 2020-07-14, By: jmarsh
Info: Trail was totally clear all the way up. Should be noted that the wind on Yale seems to be consistently terrible. The top summit ridge is generally just a bolder crawl for the last .25 miles. This could be considered class 2 or class 3. 

Return to the main Peak Conditions page



© 2020 14ers.com®, 14ers Inc.