Starting off for Mount Yale from the Silver Creek TH at 9,400'
Steep but great trail for the first few miles.
Our destination, Mount Yale, can be seen in the background, the right-most peak.
We hit a saddle at 11,900' where we took a break before busting out on the east ridge of Yale.
Yeah, we're headed up there following the obvious ridge.
I pretend to be tough sometimes.
I wish I knew more about mountain flowers so I could tell you what these are. One thing's for sure, they're cute.
Nearing the summit...
Summit jerky is real good. We picked a spot just below the summit out of the wind to relax for 30 minutes.
“Crazy Hair Fritz” on the Mount Yale summit with Mount Harvard and Mount Columbia behind and to the left. We'd hike those peaks the next day.
Self portrait, Mount Yale, 14,196', 10:39am, 7/4/2008. My fourth time on Yale's summit. Happy Fourth of July!
The trail from the Silver Creek TH to the 11,900' pass is the Colorado Trail. Therefore, it made for great running on the descent.
Allison and I ran continually from the 11,900' pass back down to the car.
Running down said Colorado Trail back towards the Silver Creek TH.
A brief cool off in the Silver Creek.
Back at the trailhead. Our round-trip time for the 10.8 mile, 5,000' vertical outing was 6:40.
Saturday morning we found ourselves starting out from the North Cottonwood TH at 9,900' headed for Mount Columbia and Mount Harvard.
Cruiser trail to start meant running to warm up.
The air along the river was chilly so we employed a nice way to keep the hands and legs warm.
Our view up the dreaded southwest slopes of Mount Columbia. Actually, we did a much better job of route finding than I had in the past and it really wasn't that bad.
The view of Mount Harvard (peak on right) from the SW slope of Mt. Columbia.
Good trail a few hundred feet below the summit of Mt. Columbia. Mount Princeton is the peak almost directly above Allison with Mount Yale to the right. The ridge leading down to the left from Yale's summit is the one we hiked the previous day.
Mount Columbia, 14,073', 9:29am, 7/5/2008. My third time on Columbia's summit.
Mr. Friendly Marmot begging for food on the summit. We did not humor him.
From the summit of Columbia we descended north on the east side of the connecting ridge to Harvard to traverse over to that peak. Yes, we actually did descend that slope behind Allison but it's not as bad as it looks.
We descended to about 12,300' in upper Frenchman Creek basin (seen here) opting to stay on snow whenever possible. It's much more efficient than spider-infested talus blocks.
We even found some shoe skiing opportunities
A big snow field at about 13,100' near Mount Harvard.
At about 13,600' with Mt. Columbia to the far right.
It got quite warm during the late morning so the cloud shade was welcomed.
Mount Harvard's summit is just right over there....
With about 150' vertical to go we opted to take our summit photo here because the summit was super crowded. We reached Harvard's summit at about 12:20pm. This was my third time on Harvard. On the summit we met fellow LA residents Sheri Davis and Steve Wells.
The trail down Harvard's standard route is very runnable so we endulged.
Dark clouds rolling in all around us and towards Mount Yale.
Back at the trailhead at 2:32pm and just beating the rain. The day was 13.5 miles, 6,000' vertical in 8:05.