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Mt. Yale Trail

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Length

3.1 Miles 5.0 Kilometers


Elevation

3,457' 1,054 m

Ascent

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Descent

21%

Avg Grade (12°)

61%

Max Grade (31°)

14,181' 4,322 m

High

10,725' 3,269 m

Low

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All Clear 13 days ago

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A moderate trail to the top of 14er Mt. Yale.

Tyler Prince

Overview

State highway 306 is closed in winter just outside of Buena Vista.

The land manager requests dogs be leashed. You'll see more dogs than leashes.
Features: River/Creek — Views — Waterfall — Wildflowers — Wildlife [Add/Remove]
Dogs: Leashed

Description [Suggest Changes]

From the junction with the Brown's Pass Trail, follow signs and head uphill to the right. Continue up the trail through the forest. Eventually, you'll be hiking parallel to a stream. Cross the stream at 11,200 ft and continue through some small meadows on switchbacks as the trees begin to thin and the grade gets steeper. Reach tree line at 12,000 ft. Continue along excellent trail, passing by numerous boulders on either side of the path at the bottom of a basin. From here, the remainder of the route is visible. Work your way north before the trail winds to the right along some rocks. Continue up some steep switchbacks to reach a saddle just shy of 14,000 ft. Turn right and scramble along some easy, low-grade rocks to the summit, just another 200 ft up.

Flora & Fauna [Suggest Changes]

With a lush forest down low, and plenty of wildflowers up top, this is a scenic hike. Expect marmots and pika, and a good chance of mountain goats and deer.

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From Texas, tried this one in late August. Excellent views and a good tough hike. Didn't give myself long enough to acclimate and admittedly wasn't in peak shape so only got to around 12,500. Will say though that the hike is much longer than 3.1miles, even one way. Highly recommended though. Question: any recommendations on camp sites? Passed a few nice spots but am planning to camp a couple miles in for acclimation/early start ease this summer. Jan 28, 2018

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