Ascent of Mount Yale on 1997-09-06
|Date:||Saturday, September 6, 1997|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||4760 ft / 1450 m|
Ascent Trip ReportThe collegiate name was probably given by surveyors based on nearby Mt. Harvard located 0.6 miles to the north.
Angeles National Forest land open to public use.
The easiest way to reach Yale BM is to hike down the road from Mt. Wilson. To reach Mt. Wilson take the Angeles Crest Highway, route 2, north from La Canada/Flintridge. There is an exit for this highway on the Foothill Freeway, no. 210. Drive route 2 for 13.5 miles to Red Box Gap and Station and turn right toward Mt. Wilson. Follow this winding paved road for 4.1 miles to the loop at the Observatory entrance gate. Park here and go past the locked gate on the south side onto the forest road descending to the south. After about one mile go left at the saddle and junction for Mt. Harvard and continue down for about another 1.5 miles until the road curves to the west on the south side of the summit that has Yale BM. The summit is brushy with some poison oak on the east side. The south slopes are the least troublesome and are somewhat cleared of the largest brush. It is very steep and loose climbing up from the road, but once attained the upper slopes are easier. The hike from Mt. Wilson takes about 1 1/2 hours going down and 1 1/4 hours to return. There is about a 1200 ft. loss getting to the area on the south side of the summit and about a 300 ft. climb up to the benchmark. 9/97 RLC
Watch out for poison oak near the summit of this peak!
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