Mount Yale is one of the prestigious Colorado 14ers and is located in the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness area. There are a few different ascent options, but the most popular is probably beginning at the Denny Creek trailhead, hiking in and up, and doing the peak as an out-and-back. Our hike was 10.8 miles roundtrip and had a total of 4,323 feet of elevation gain.
Trail length: 6 miles
Posted by Greg Heil on April 7, 2015
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First tried to summit in 2003. Turned back at the saddle just below summit because we had no idea where to go on the talus... first time encountering this. Returned in 2009 and did summit. Didn't have high praise for the trail because it was a steep eroded scree mess. In 2011 the Colorado Fourteener Initiative (CFI) finished a new, sustainable trail and it ROCKS. Literally, lots and lots of rocks were used to build a wonderful trail all the way to the saddle. Summitted again in July 2015 and loved the trail and the views... although the summit views were non-existent due to the cloud hanging over the summit. Since this is now my back yard I will be summitting this peak again... I'm sure many times in the future. Gotta get up there when the sky is clear so I can spot my house down in the valley.
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