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Mount Yale is a 14er in the Sawatch Range near Buena Vista. This is a STRENUOUS hike. The distance is roughly 9.5 miles and vertical gain 4300'.
This is not a good introductory winter 14er hike.
Bring winter gear and SNOWSHOES.
Post hike meal somewhere in Buena Vista.
Tonight, we'll explore a few trails around White Ranch starting at the parking lot off the Belcher Trail (near 93)
I'm aiming for about 5 miles with about 2000' of gain
Bring water and a HEADLAMP!
Bad weather i.e. pouring rain or snowstorm cancels.
We can meet at the Park n Ride across from Eldorado Corner Market to coordinate carpool.
This 13er is in James Peak Wilderness area off of the Fall River Road exit! This is a class 2 hike in summer but probably a class 3 with snow. It is approximately 8 miles round trip and ~3000 feet in elevation gain.
Start Elevation: 10400’
End Elevation: 13294’
Skill Level: Strenuous
Carpool location: Skier’s lot (1682 S Foothills Hwy, Boulder, CO), Coordinates: 39°57'14.2"N 105°13'52.8"W
Trailhead location: St Mary's Glacier Trailhead, Coordinates: 39°49'38.4"N 105°38'34.7"W
This hike is for the fit and acclimated.
Meet at 7:00am at Skier’s lot to organize carpool.
If you are driving to trailhead by yourself, meet us at 8:10am at St Mary's Glacier Trailhead. We will start hiking promptly at 8:20am so don't be late.
If you have a reliable car, please be prepared to drive. Please remember to give your driver $6 for gas, car wash and parking fee. It is always appreciated.
Make sure to bring water, snacks, warm layers and micro-spikes (maybe snowshoes).
Bad weather postpones/cancels.
By attending this hike, you assume all responsibility for your own safety. Mountaineering in Colorado can be very dangerous. Altitude sickness, dehydration, and fast-building storms are the most common problems. Please be in shape and self-sufficient.
Let's check out this fun treetop adventure course in Idaho Springs on Saturday morning!
It's about $50 per person and you need to book your reservation through this site.
CHAOS is an informal, Boulder-based group of energetic, fun, non-competitive, backcountry enthusiasts who are in their 20s, 30s and 40's, and who enjoy self-powered and self-organized activities including hiking, backpacking, biking, snow shoeing, skiing, mountaineering, and river sports. CHAOS' Main Goal is to be a community through which one can make life-long friendships, share backcountry trips, expand outdoor and leadership skills, appreciate nature and enjoy the sense of community, teamwork, and challenge that prospers in backcountry situations.
CHAOS TRIPS - All trips should be for CHAOS by CHAOS, outdoors, and self powered. CHAOS actively encourages its members to organize trips but does not supervise the activities. CHAOS is not a guide service and a person should only go on trips they feel are at their ability level. If you have questions, ask the trip organizer! Many trip organizers love to help out new members and will gladly answer any questions you have about the trip, what equipment to bring, etc. Above all else, have fun and be safe!
Many past and present members believe that CHAOS enormously improved their "young adulthood and pre-family" phase of life. To ensure that this wonderful opportunity remains for future members, they should be in their 20s, 30s or 40's when they join CHAOS. If the member's ages or the group's style don't feel like a good fit for you, we suggest you check out one of the other great clubs in Boulder like the Flatirons Ski Club , the Boulder Outdoor Group , the Colorado Mountain Club , the Boulder Nordic Ski Club , the Sierra Club , or the C.U. Hiking Club (office in UMC).