Peak(s):  Mt. Yale  -  14,196 feet
Date Posted:  09/10/2009
Date Climbed:   09/05/2009
Author:  KWhelan
 AreToo bags Yale - std rte  

Net-net, Yale is an easier class 2. We were 4 1/2 hours up, 3 down.

We really enjoyed bagging Yale. We car camped, leaving Denny Creek trailhead at 4:45a. With a full moon and the hound's nose, we made rapid progress on the wide trail to the fork. A feature of this hike is that it is low on the west side for the first 2 1/2 miles or so. In fact, we never felt the sun until we got to the saddle. Just above treeline, we stopped for this photo looking west at a setting moon.

The hike to the saddle once you break above treeline is aptly called a "grind" as it is on a primarily thin sand trail and steep. This photo

looks down at the trail from the summit. You can also see the road just above the parking lot in the upper left corner. The portion of the trail you can see here is not as steep as the part you cannot see completing to the saddle.

Looking back at the top of the boulder-hop from the summit.

From the saddle to the summit, the cairns on the right side of the ridge do mark the best path (we tried the left side and had to retrace our steps). If you are new to boulder - hopping, this is a good place to start as there is only about 20 minutes of it to reach the summit.

Our obligatory summit photo, AreToo and I.

We were first up, and a couple of other groups came soon behind us. Thanks for the use of the sign! None of us could locate the medallion or a register.

Views of Princeton

and Buena Vista

from the summit
AreToo now has 3 peaks and over 12,000 feet in his first summer. What a hound!

Thumbnails for uploaded photos (click to open slideshow):
1 2 3 4 5 6

 Comments or Questions

Nice pics!
09/10/2009 23:16
I was on Yale a coupe of weeks ago. Not hard, nor steep. Just boring above tree line, except for the finish from the shoulder to the summit. Did it in 1 h 45 mn to get past the monotonous part as quickly as possible... I‘m not planning on going back ever. Looking for more excitement in my hikes!

   Using your forum id/password. Not registered? Click Here

Caution: The information contained in this report may not be accurate and should not be the only resource used in preparation for your climb. Failure to have the necessary experience, physical conditioning, supplies or equipment can result in injury or death. and the author(s) of this report provide no warranties, either express or implied, that the information provided is accurate or reliable. By using the information provided, you agree to indemnify and hold harmless and the report author(s) with respect to any claims and demands against them, including any attorney fees and expenses. Please read the Safety and Disclaimer pages for more information.

© 2021®, 14ers Inc.