Taken from just up the Cottonwood Pass (306) road, 1
shows the upper route. From the parking area, follow the trail north into the forest. After 1 mile, cross the Denny Creek stream on a log bridge. Near 1.25 miles, locate the Hartenstein Lake/Mt. Yale trail junction
. Turn right and proceed toward Mt. Yale. Weave through the forest and eventually parallel the stream in Delaney Gulch.
Near 11,200', cross the Delaney Gulch stream on a log bridge
. Shortly after some small meadows, the trail climbs steeply up a hillside. From 11,300' to 11,900', hike north and east through the forest on a great trail - 4
. Above 12,100', leave the trees ( 6
) and continue up through rocks ( 7
) as the trail approaches a shoulder. Once on the shoulder, head northeast toward Yale's upper west slopes - 8
. Continue to 13,200' and begin climbing a steep slope at the top of the west slopes - 11
. Grind out 750' of elevation gain to reach 13,950', at a saddle saddle
on Yale's northwest ridge.
Turn right (southeast) and walk over to the rugged summit ridge - 12
. Follow a cairned, Class 2 route along the west (right) side of the ridge crest or scramble along the ridge crest to increase the difficulty to Easy Class 3 - 13
. Continue to the spacious summit