Mount Yale

Mt. Yale is one of Colorado's five Collegiate Peaks. The standard route used to be Denny Gulch, but due to severe erosion from overuse, it is now Denny Creek and Delaney Gulch. Mt. Yale can also be approached from Avalanche Gulch and Kroenke Lake.

Elevation (feet): 14,196
Elevation (meters): 4,327
Continent: North America
Country: United States
Range/Region: Sawatch Range
State: Colorado
Latitude: 38.8442
Longitude: -106.313
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: May, Jun, Jul, Aug
Year first climbed: 1869
First successful climber(s): Dwight Whitney, William Brewer, William Davis, S.F. Sharpless, and Robert Moore
Nearest major airport: Denver
Convenient Center: Buena Vista

Thanks to Kirk Mallory for adding this peak.

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 43 trip reports for Mount Yale.

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  • Log #22501 - by Rick Kieffer on Dec 24, 2014
    Started before dawn, made it to the summit at 12PM. This was my wife, Kimberly and my first 14er. Saw nobody on the entire hike. Hike was was relatively easy for a couple Texans coming from sea level...
  • Log #21607 - by John on Feb 26, 2009
    windy and cold at the top, but awesome views. It was really nice because there weren't many people on the trail... The section above treeline was steep and a little scary due to incoming clouds, but...
  • Log #21386 - by Ashley Evans, Jay Evans, Randy Torbet on Aug 15, 2008
    Beautiful hike! We loved all the beauty we could see on this hike and felt the level was challenging but not too difficult. However, we got a later start and moved a little too slow, a blizzard hit...
  • Log #20294 - by Jim Lupton on July 13, 2006
    Steep hike with some scrambling near the top. The saddle is a good rest area to collect yourself and reasses. Actually, once you've made the saddle the rest is easy. The approach to the saddle is a...
  • Log #12019 - by Adam Peterson on Oct 26, 2004
    This climb was a blast. We got hit by snow from about 10:00 on. We were really slow (of 6 in the group, 4 had never done 14er, + 2 were 12yo). So fun, so pretty!
  • Log #12020 - by Bob Cook on Oct 16, 2004
    Very windy today atop, so much so that I could barely make my way along the ridge to the summit with walking poles. There is snow on the ridge and along most of the route, which is stable if you are...
  • Log #12021 - by William Loopesko on Oct 15, 2004
    The view from the top is amazing. However, be sure to leave early since it's a long hike. a few steep sections and some scrambling along the top but it is all worth it. awesome.
  • Log #12022 - by Larry Goodwin on Aug 17, 2004
    The majority of our youth High Adventure group climbed Mt Yale today using a combination of the East Trail and climbing up the valley following the river. Today's hike was the fourth day of a six day...
  • Log #12023 - by Erin on Aug 16, 2004
    This is a very tough hike, but the view from the summit truly makes it worth the pain! The hike down is easier on the lungs but tough on the legs... so beware! The weather on Saturday was optimal so...
  • Log #12024 - by Allen Dautrerman on Aug 15, 2004
    Great climb second time around. A little worried that we would summit in the clouds but they lifted shortly before we reached the summit. Saw this dude John Oyer at the top.
  • Log #12025 - by John Oyer on Aug 10, 2004
    The trail is very well established. If you get dizzy at high altitudes, don't look up or down too often until you reach the saddle or the top. It is a very pretty climb. Bouldering is pretty easy at...
  • Log #12026 - by R. Keith Sauls on Aug 07, 2004
    6 of us that were guests of Youn Life's Trail West climbed this on 8/6/2004. There was a father son combo and a brother-in-law combo and two others. We began at 6:15 after a quick reading from the...
  • Log #12027 - by Jason LaSuzzo on Aug 04, 2004
    Summited on July 31st 2004 with my brother Blake and friends Blane, Todd, and Laura. We had quite a go of it in those final minutes before we hit the summit trying to maneuver around the rocks. What...
  • Log #12028 - by Jack Findley on July 28, 2004
    I climbed this with my youth group and Tyler Bell who signed this just before me and we had a blast. I got dehidrated, altitude sickness and sun poisoning. But I made it and I ow it to Tyler Bell he...
  • Log #12029 - by Tyler Adam Bell on July 28, 2004
    For my youth group and my first climb this was extremely hard. We had never climbed a 14ner and well it was hard. Mt. Yale is awsome!!!
  • Log #12030 - by Michael Broussard on June 23, 2004
    Took the Denny Creek route. It got a little tough once we left tree line. Started at 6:30 & reached the summit at 10:30. What a view!
  • Log #12031 - by Steve Ginnings on June 04, 2004
    Took Avalanche Gulch trail up, Denny Creek down. Avalanche Gulch is a much better route.
  • Log #12032 - by Gary Seelye on May 21, 2004
    Tim, Brad and I (all MI flatlanders) sucked O's and plodded through everything from mud to hip-deep snow; summitted around 12:30pm to high winds and threatening clouds. Nevertheless, God allowed us...
  • Log #12033 - by Phil Smith on Mar 21, 2004
    In 1966, I was with a group of high schoolers who were at the nearby Sky Valley Ranch near Buena Vista. We made the climb in the afternoon and slept at the summit or just a few yards below. It was a...
  • Log #12034 - by Jarod Marks on Nov 26, 2003
    Beautiful snowy conditions on top. A fun early season climb.
  • Log #12035 - by Paul Rudd on Nov 26, 2003
    In a shroud of clouds we made the summit. Up and back in 6 hours. It was cold and windy for an August morning.
  • Log #12036 - by Jeremy Stroop on Nov 08, 2003
    Climbed this with my climbing partner of 10 years, Chris Barron. We got a fair early start from Buena Vista, found the trailhead easily, and started hiking. There's a LOT of elevation gain on this...
  • Log #12037 - by Christian Busch on July 25, 2003
    Is this truly considered a class 3 climb? Someone I met on the climb mentioned that it is still considered a class 2. Hmm. I still thought it damned hard, but still great fun.
  • Log #12038 - by Greg Salata on May 31, 2003
    Climbed with my daughter Afton. Our first fourteener, but not our last. What a view!
  • Log #12039 - by Brent Eigsti on Mar 25, 2003
    I was 9 when I climed it. I always climb with my dad and uncle. 2nd fourteener.
  • Log #12041 - by David Dickson on Nov 25, 2002
    A wonderful hike. Coming from sealevel though, and spending only three days in CO before doing a 14er doesn't leave much time for becoming acclimated!
  • Log #12042 - by Ryan Badtke on Sep 18, 2002
    Yale was an easy initial hike until you get above treeline. Going up the scree fields kind of sucked though. Identified 31 14ers from the summit!
  • Log #12043 - by Chad Grauke on July 20, 2002
    Have alot of water handy,and dry socks!
  • Log #12044 - by Tim Kline on July 15, 2002
    Really windy, old men and women passed us. But we made it!!!! Saw a couple Marmots. Found Jerry Garcia. If you climb it, take a new summit log cause the one up theres all ripped up.
  • Log #12046 - by Chris Mallow on July 07, 2002
    Boy, after Quandary two weeks ago, this one was a real butt-kicker!!! Great climb though; good enough for my 5th 14er.
  • Log #12047 - by Doug Swink on June 13, 2002
    It was a hard hike for me since I am a form the midwest and only had a day to get use to the thin air. I wasn't nearly prepared enough but it was a great hike!
  • Log #12049 - by topher hagemeier on Aug 20, 2001
    Lost loyal dog on the saddle of Mount Yale on August 19th 2001. See URL for picture. Any info greatly appreciated. http://throughthewoods.
  • Log #12050 - by Michael Jake on July 31, 2001
    Took the Delaney Gulch route at 8:00am and reached the summit at 11:00. I headed down the nw ridge - it took longer than anticipated - it doesn't appear to be as far as it is! I ridge walked all the...
  • Log #12051 - by Scott Kelley on Dec 23, 2000
    Mount Yale isn't a difficult peak, but a fun one none-the-less. I did it using the standard Denny Creek route. It may not be as challenging as the Crestones, but it was beautiful and the conditions...
  • Log #12052 - by matt kirk on Nov 03, 2000
    Greetings 14er climbers and enthusiasts. I just wanted to let everyone know that there should be a 14ers forum coming soon at If you have the time, please come by and...
  • Log #12053 - by Tom & Becky Bird on Oct 06, 2000
    We took the less traveled route from the north...base-camped at Kroenke lake. Low clouds and howling winds prompted us to delay our departure for the summit by an hour. We left at 8am and headed for...
  • Log #12054 - by David Meyer on Oct 05, 2000
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  • Log #12055 - by Jerry Thomas on Apr 24, 2000
    I summited with Brian Garber. Go to CLIMB ON!!!
  • Log #12056 - by Brian Garber on Apr 24, 2000
    My partner and I decided to start around 4:00am. Good thing - we summitted around 9:30am right when a storm rolled in. We stayed on the summit only 10 minutes due to the thunder and clouds. We...
  • Log #12057 - by Josh Karaus on Apr 12, 2000
    All I can say is the trek that began at 3:30am was all worth is as I looked down on the cloud cover below!! Everest here I come!! -Josh Karaus (Eagle Scout and outdoor enthuiast)
  • Log #12058 - by Greg Thompson on Apr 12, 2000
    I made my first 14er summit on Mt. Yale with some good friends. What an awesome feeling to climb through the clouds and end up looking down on them. I can't wait until I can climb another 14er!
  • Log #12059 - by Ken Barz on Nov 08, 1999
    Came up Avalanche Gulch route. I think I'll rename it the false summit route (I stopped counting at ten!) A beautiful day for climbing but I never saw anyone until I was heading down. I decided to go...
  • Log #12060 - by Kirk Mallory on Oct 07, 1999
    My 26th fourteener. Used the scenic standard route (Denny Creek and Delaney Gulch.)