ElevationAscent: 4,260' 1,298 m
Descent: -4,259' -1,298 m
High: 14,177' 4,321 m
Low: 9,917' 3,023 m
GradeAvg Grade: 18% (10°)
Max Grade: 62% (32°)
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“Perhaps the easiest and one of the most scenic collegiate 14ers.”— Tyler Prince
From the Denny Creek Trailhead, head up this excellent trail with easy to moderate grade. While easy to follow, this trail has a fair number of rocks and roots, so be careful. In 1.2 miles, turn right, up the Mt. Yale Trail (staying straight would take you up Brown's Pass). There should be a sign at this junction.
Continue up the trail through the forest. Eventually, you'll be running 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.
Stop, enjoy the view, and do it all backwards.
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