"Mascot Peak"  
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Route: From Yale
Posted On: 2020-11-29, By: CaptainSuburbia
Info: Started at Denny Creek and took the standard Southwest Slopes to Yale's summit. There was a superb trench to treeline and another up the headwall to the ridge. Not much snow in between. Lots of snow on the ridge so it was best to boulder hop. The ridge to Mascot saddle was mostly dry. Plenty of snow going up mascot along ridge and in between talus. I decided to pass on the bushwack down Mascots SW ridge for descent, and instead, went back to Yale-Mascot saddle and sidehilled under Yale back to standard route to Denny Creek. It was mostly dry with occasional postholing through snowy gullies. 
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Route: East-Southeast Rib
Posted On: 2020-11-22, By: supranihilest
Info: Mascot from the south is almost completely dry. We took the rib between Harris Gulch to the east and the unnamed gulch to the west. The route is unrelentingly steep. The bottom part is a steep, desert-y slope of dirt, cactus, and scrub brush. It briefly flattens about 800 feet up and goes northwest onto the increasingly narrow rib. The entire thing until treeline is a mix of kitty litter scree, pine needles, and some granitic boulders directly on the ridge crest. The route is painfully obvious since the rib is pretty narrow - just go up it. The flanks drop away at an astonishing rate. There's a small amount of snow as you get higher, then near treeline it dries out. Above treeline the route crosses open slopes under some rocky bumps. There are several false summits as you eventually gain the ridge and traverse on black rock to the summit. There's some snow here, still mostly avoidable. The views of Yale are incredible. We descended the way we came. Overall the route is approximately Class 2+. Equipment: we wore trail runners, carried an axe and spikes and did not use either. The snow storm this week will probably change conditions significantly. In future dry conditions microspikes would be prudent for those who don't like super steep kitty litter. 
 
Route: From Mt Yale
Posted On: 2020-11-01, By: WildWanderer
Info: Snow at the top of Yale in the gully was tricky to downclimb. I kicked in steps, and wished I'd had my ice axe. After the initial gully snow was avoidable or not enough accumulation to matter. I didn't use traction. Snow below treeline back to the trailhead was minimal. 
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Route: Denny Creek
Posted On: 2020-05-30, By: tjf242424
Info: Took the Mt Yale trail from Denny Creek TH to around 12,600 ft, then started traversing towards the saddle between Yale and Mascot. There were several steep and wide gullies that were still full of snow, which forced me to ascend up the slopes of Yale to around 13,450 ft, where I continued traversing. I then descended to the saddle and continued up the north ridge of Mascot with no further snow issues. I then returned to the saddle, ascended back to the 13,450 ft level on Yale, and traversed back towards the Mt Yale trail, rejoining it higher than where I left it on the ascent. This involved some loose slopes and one short snow crossing just before rejoining the trail. Doable without any special gear, but requires some circuitous travel to avoid the snow and about + 500 ft of vertical in both directions. I considered going to the East Ridge Route on Yale from Mascot, but it looked pretty snowy with some cornices to deal with and I elected to not take any chances with it. 
 
Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2018-05-14, By: Tornadoman
Info: From the Avalanche TH took the CT to around 10,500 feet then headed west and took the east-southeast ridge to the summit. Only snow encountered was a few patches near 12,000 feet right in the last scrub trees. I sunk knee deep but only for a few steps. If you really looked, you probably could find a way around the snow. Ridge was then dry to the summit. Wore low topped summer hiking shoes. 
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Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2017-06-27, By: TravelingMatt
Info: From Avalanche Trailhead near Rainbow Lake, ascend Colorado Trail for some 1.4 miles to around 10,500 feet. At this elevation the Avalanche Gulch to the west (left) flattens out and you can head for Mascot's east ridge. Terrain starts flat but eventually gets quite steep and I zigzagged up until treeline. Some blowdowns in the flatter area but I've gone through much worse. Above treeline just stay on the ridge to summit. Dry except for a couple short, firm snowfields around treeline. No pen in makeshift summit register. On descent, after leaving ridge, make sure to stay north so you hook back up with the trail where the gulch is flat. Some 7 miles round trip and 4200' gain, Class 2. Up in just under 3½ hours, down in 2½. 
 
Route: Denny Creek Trailhead
Posted On: 2016-09-10, By: JasonKline
Info: Summer conditions. Parked at Denny Creek trailhead, took standard route up Yale, then rode ridge to Mascot. Rode Mascot ridge down to treeline, then descended west to Denny Gulch and followed the creek back to 306. Descent to Denny Gulch had some steep, loose dirt areas, but the bushwhacking around the creek was much easier than expected. As long as you didn't mind crossing the creek repeatedly, you could usually find a path without very dense vegetation. 

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