Mt. Yale  
Condition Updates  
 
Route: Southwest Slopes
Posted On: 2021-01-17, By: benmangelsdorf
Info: Great packed snow trail to the end of treeline. There is a slope or two along the way with enough snow to slide, but one of the slopes I had marked as an avalanche concern on my map didn't seem to have much snow on it. As you leave treeline the paths branch out and are less packed, though I floatation was not necessary. The plateau beneath the final climb to the summit (from about 12k to 13k) is really quite dry. You could avoid all snow here. Ridge has snow but not enough to need floatation at all. I wore spikes pretty much the entire day and that was fine. Very, very windy today. Traversing the ridge felt a bit spooky! 
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Route: Southwest Slopes
Posted On: 2021-01-13, By: charliewilliams2213
Info: The day was warm and the wind was calm. Trail branched off into a few different paths above tree line. Spikes recommended for the upper portion of the trail. Once the ridge to the summit was gained there wasn't a need for spikes or snowshoes. 
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Route: Southwest Slopes
Posted On: 2021-01-09, By: Stee
Info: There continues to be a great trench through the trees. Thanks for the previous work. It was mostly rock/snow above treeline. No post holing. I didn't use snowshoes at all. Spikes were nice on the way down but not a must. Not much wind today. It was nice. 
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Route: Southwest Slopes
Posted On: 2021-01-05, By: Littlejohn
Info: Great climb. Trail is open for 1/2 the time snow shoes a must for at least 1500 ft of elevation gain from 11000 to 12500. 
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Route: Southwest Slopes
Posted On: 2020-12-21, By: Conor
Info: Plowed to Denny Creek TH. Solid trench all the way to treeline, basically a sidewalk. Doesn't do the best in avoiding some of the avy danger, but can be mitigated. Much is melting out and there isn't much snow to slide in some places. North and east aspects of ridgelines that are getting loaded are releasing and slides observed across valley and in Denny Gulch. A point release across the valley. No signs of instability for W/SW aspects observed today. Above treeline, cruiser. Columbia looks super dry. 
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Route: Southwest Slopes
Posted On: 2020-12-07, By: hhoetmer
Info: Beautiful day with perfect weather! Microspikes and poles are helpful on the way down. No floatation needed or ice axe. TH parking is free of snow. Handful of people sharing the trail. There are a few spots where it is easy to get off trail, or where others have taken the old route. Just know your route, and have a map downloaded if possible.  
 
Route: Southwest Slopes
Posted On: 2020-12-06, By: Eagle Eye
Info: Very nice weather day and trip up SW slopes today. The trail sure has been well-traveled. Most people had on micro-spikes. I wore mine all day, so they suffered a little on bare stretches of dirt or rocks. The lack of wind was enjoyed by all, seems like most people were able to relax on the summit and take in the view. 
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Route: Southwest Slopes
Posted On: 2020-11-29, By: CharGalli
Info: Denny creek is of easy access. Park by the TH ! Snow is starting to pack up good however there is a good trench going easy to find and follow, the last mile was really steep and with deep snow, what made for a slow ascend... there was another 10 people going up and down the mountain... we didn't needed snowshoes and left it at the tree line, only used spikes to come down. Some snow accumulation on the summit but had a beautiful bluebird day. 
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Route: Southwest Slopes
Posted On: 2020-11-28, By: ktfoote628
Info: Interesting mix of conditions on Yale today... Very packed below treeline, around treeline a lot of dry patches but we were postholing 2-3 feet this morning on the steep section to the saddle. There were at least four groups attempting today so I'd expect it to be packed as well until the next storm. It got to be quite warm today so there may be more ice on the trail in the coming days. The road was pretty dry too with the exception of some ice patches in the shade. 
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Route: Southwest Slopes
Posted On: 2020-11-13, By: askwjs
Info: Solid boot pack to treeline and we blazed trail from there to summit. Above treeline, some drifted snow and some dry areas. Some postholing to knee. Brought snowshoes and spikes but never had to use them. Not sure if our trail above treeline will survive the storm tomorrow. Snow and wind started up on our descent this morning. 
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Route: Southwest Slopes
Posted On: 2020-11-07, By: SkydiverHiker
Info: Trail was mostly bare with some icy patches. Spikes would have helped but I was able to do it without them. Winds were probably around 20 above tree line. I got back to the trailhead after summiting Mascot at around 11:30 and it was starting to snow so this is probably irrelevant. lol. 
 
Route: Southwest Slopes
Posted On: 2020-11-04, By: climbskiyogi
Info: Only saw 3 people on election day. There's some snow on the trail, but it's well-packed. There were some slick spots, but you can easily step around them. I brought my spikes and never put them on. I did use poles on the ascent and felt they really helped with any snow. 
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Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2020-11-01, By: Chicago Transplant
Info: Generally snow is not deep enough for flotation or solid enough for traction. 1-3" max on snow if you pick your line, there are some deeper parts right near treeline or perhaps in between rocks on the ridge. 2 sections of firmer snow could be avoided, I was able to kick into them without putting spikes on. Some scrambling to avoid snow on the normal route, so if you want to keep it class 2 you may find deeper or more solid snow in places than I did. A few spots had some loose dirt as well, which my other times on this route I don't remember having issues with, maybe more erosion from increased use? First image is overview from PT 12505, the others are just taken at various points on the ascent for general conditions. 
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Route: Southwest Slopes
Posted On: 2020-11-01, By: WildWanderer
Info: Streams are frozen. All snow on the trail is well packed. No traction necessary. 
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Route: Southwest Slopes
Posted On: 2020-10-25, By: jamiesuzanne
Info: Very windy above tree line, especially on the ridge leading up to the summit. John and I started at 9am, reached the summit at 12:50, back to car at 4:10pm. Dry the whole way up, easy creek crossings. No more leaves on the Aspens but still a beautiful way to see Colorado at the end of summer 14er season. 
 
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 
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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. 
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Route: Southwest Slopes
Posted On: 2020-09-30, By: runnerx
Info: No snow or ice on trail. Great visibility. Fall colors hit and miss. 
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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. 
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