Mt. Yale was my first 14er that I ever climbed, in fact, it was my first time being at such a high altitude. To give you a gauge, I was 20 years old at the time, in fairly good shape. We did not hike car to summit all in one day; we hiked to base camp one day, the 2nd day we woke up at about 6:30am and started our hike around 7am. It took us about 9 or 10 hours round trip. The hike was wonderful. I would definitely recommend hiking poles, because the footing is quite silty in some areas, and is washed out in others. Once you reach timberline, which is a feat in itself, you have quite a ways to go. We weren't timing it exactly, but I remember it taking the better part of a day to make it through the switch backs, and then the climbing begins. I was a bit weary as to climbing large boulders up to 14,196 ft. but it was definitely worth it. Just make SURE that you stick to the trail, and you will be find. And stay to the right. I had to run down part of the way after we made it too summit, because the incline is too great to walk down and your footing won't hold. Mt. Yale is a great hike, I would recommend it to anyone! In fact, I made a second trip to Yale in 2007 as well!