Mount Yale via Denny Creek Trail
14 reviews San Isabel National Forest #3 hike out of 107 in
1 hrs 21 min
This is an excellent trail going to Mount Yale through its West face. Trail is well marked with several direction signs. The first half of the trail is below the tree line. The trail vanishes in rocks when reaching the peak north ridge. Follow the cairns on the west side of the ridge to the top.
Ample parking space at the Denny Creek Trailhead.
This may be a long hike for young children.
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Tourists, do not underestimate the steady elevation gain of this hike. Be sure to start down by noon in August. Solo navigation of bouldering to summit takes patient scouting during summit fever rush to spot the next cairn. Do not proceed until you spot the next cairn, but half way up the boulder climb the tiny cairns move to the east face which can only be seen by following the brief (30 ft) dirt trail from the last cairn on the west face. Do not climb unless you are heading for a cairn. As Bunny states, do not start out on the east face.★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Excellent trail most of the way. However, finding the route on the ridge can be challenging as it is difficult to follow the trails in the rocks. Follow the cairns on the West side. Do not cross to the east side even though some misleading tracks lead in this direction. The distance and time associated this hike are grossly inaccurate. Distance is 15 km and 6 to 8 hours is more reasonable estimate of the time needed. Elevation gain is 1288 m.★ ★ ★ ★ ★
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