The classic Mt. Yale ascent begins at the Denny Trailhead. The trail is 3.5 miles to the summit and no technical ability or special mountaineering experience is necessary for the climb. This is a good mountain to hike if you haven't ascended any other fourteeners. The route is short and can be accomplished relatively easily.
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Mt. Yale (14,196)
From the Denny Creek Trailhead the route ascends gradually. The trail forks after 1 mile and the Mt. Yale Trail leads to the right to ascend the southern face of the peak. This fork is clearly marked and difficult to miss. The trail breaks from Denny Creek and follows the Delaney Creek drainage for approximately 1 mile. The first set of switchbacks introduces climbers to the steep ascent ahead of them. The trail is well defined passed tree line and faulters only in the upper elevations when the route is covered with large boulders.
Directions from Buena Vista: Turn west on to Cottonwood Pass (County Road 306) at the traffic light in Buena Vista. Travel about 12 miles to the Denny Creek Trailhead, which is located on the right side of the road.
June through Mid-October
(NOTE: The trail may be obstructed by snow during June and October.)