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Mt. Yale Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.3 (3)

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


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Map Key

3.1

Miles

5.0

KM

52%

Runnable

14,181' 4,322 m

High

10,725' 3,269 m

Low

3,457' 1,054 m

Up

0' 0 m

Down

21%

Avg Grade (12°)

61%

Max Grade (31°)

Dogs Leashed

Features 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.

Runner Notes

With an excellent trail, gentle grades relative to other 14ers, and a round trip under 10 miles, this is perhaps one of the best Sawatch 14ers for ambitious runners. Fast runners can expect 2.5-3 hrs round trip for the full Mt. Yale run - take away about 15-30 mins on the Browns Pass Trail.

Description

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 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.

Flora & Fauna

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

Contacts

Shared By:

Tyler Prince with improvements by Kevin Ritch

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  4.3 from 3 votes

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Photos

Belford, Oxford, and Missouri from the summit of Mt. Yale.
Mar 19, 2015 near Buena V…, CO
Sunset on Mt. Yale. 10-4-20
Oct 5, 2020 near Buena V…, CO
Enjoying great views from Yale!
Apr 12, 2018 near Buena V…, CO
Awesome trail around tree line.
Mar 19, 2015 near Buena V…, CO

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Jul 26, 2015
Kevin Holleman
The GPS tracks are outdated. The trail has moved to the left just before treeline all the way to the saddle. 8.5mi — 3h 30m