Mount Yale Summit Trail

HARD 43 reviews

Mount Yale Summit Trail is a 7.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Buena Vista, Colorado that features a river and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from July until September.

DISTANCE
7.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4084 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

From the fork the trail is fairly easy up until around 13,000 feet. From here follow the switch backs up to the saddle around 13,900. This area is steep and probably the most demanding part of the hike. Once you reach the saddle you have about 300 more feet of elevation gain which requires class 2 scrambling with options of class 3.

hiking
2 days ago

hiking
7 days ago

Hiked June 9, 2017, still quite a bit of snow on the trail causing on and off loss of trail. Hike early to avoid postholing, no need for microspikes.

backpacking
26 days ago

Awesome hike! Did this yesterday. Still a lot of snow but it's pretty packed. I had my dog with me and had to turn around bc the snow was cutting up her paws and there was a snowstorm blowing in at 10am. I'd definitely hit the trail early to avoid running into that. Also the "winter trail" is a mile or more longer than the regular trail.

hiking
26 days ago

hiking
2 months ago

Amazing hike, wish I had more time to go all the way to the top. It is difficult if you are new to hiking but if you have some experience you should be good. If you want to see what it looks like check out my video I made while up there.
https://youtu.be/hWEQ8Z2bXeQ

2 months ago

forest-alpine meadow-rocks, perfect hike during wild flower season

4 months ago

Difficult due to length and steepness of the trail. No real exposure to worry about...give yourself a good pre-dawn start so you have plenty of time!

backpacking
7 months ago

This was definitely no joke, the switchbacks at the end will have you in tears. Lots of tall "steps". Without a doubt though this trail is beautiful.

hiking
8 months ago

Excellent trail, easy to follow the entire way. Not really any false summits since you can see the actual summit once you leave tree line but don't let the last couple miles of switchbacks deter you. They are brutal but totally worth it once your at the top.

hiking
9 months ago

9 months ago

moderate 14er, trail is well marked and simple until you reach the last 500ish feet. super fun one!

9 months ago

9 months ago

Great hike it was though, but the scenery was amazing. Boulders close to submit made it challenging.

hiking
9 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

Great Hike, Trail is well maintained. Tough one but well worth it. The scramble at the top makes this 14er more than just a long walk.

10 months ago

Very nice path throughout up until the scramble at the top where the path is up to you.

10 months ago

10 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

My first 14er starting below tree line. Tough hike once past the treeline, very rewarding view.

hiking
10 months ago

cloudy and rainy the whole day. wouldn't have it any other way for my first 14er.