“A moderate trail to the top of 14er Mt. Yale.”
— Tyler Prince
River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife
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.
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
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.