West Dyer Mountain - East Ridge

Difficulty:  Class 2 
Upper Elevation: 13,047 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 11,660 feet
Elevation Gain:1,400 feet
Round-trip Length: 3.0 miles
Trailhead: Iowa Gulch
Author: BillMiddlebrook
Route Added: 08/15/2012
Last Updated: 01/23/2015
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Take US 24 through downtown Leadville to the southern end of town. Turn east onto Monroe Street and drive 0.2 miles. Turn right (south) on Lake County 2 (Toledo St). Follow CR 2 (paved) for approximately 3.8 miles to a fork in the road. Turn left on a 2WD dirt road and continue 3.0 miles up into Iowa Gulch to the trailhead. A total of 7 miles from US 24 in Leadville. The trailhead is unmarked - park along the road. If you’re hiking Mts Sherman or Sheridan, locate the trail (below the edge of the road) as it heads toward the creek under the power lines.


West Dyer Mountain isnít climbed too often but itís a short climb with good views of surrounding 13ers. Thereís no official trailhead or parking area for this hike Ė just follow the directions for the Iowa Gulch trailhead and park near 11,650í on the road. Approx. parking coordinates: 39.22984 North, -106.19822 West.

Leave the road and hike northeast up into the Dyer Amphitheater between West Dyer Mountain and Dyer Mountain Ė Photo #1. Continue north along the base of Dyer Mountainís talus slopes and aim for the right (east) side of the rocky drainage in the amphitheater - Photo #2. Gain easier ground above some cliffs (Photo #3), walk past a small lake (Photo #4) and continue toward the north end of the amphitheater (Photo #5) where the terrain gets more difficult - Photo #6. Ascend the scree slope at the north end of the amphitheater to reach the saddle between West Dyer Mountain and Dyer Mountain -Photo #7. Turn left and follow West Dyerís east ridge to the summit - Photo #8, Photo #9, Photo #10, Photo #11 and Photo #12. Photo #13 looks east over the saddle and to Dyer Mountain.


West Dyer is sometimes hiked before climbing Dyer Mountainís Class 4 west ridge route. If you plan on climbing Dyer Mountainís west ridge, be prepared for loose rock and plenty of Class 3 scrambling along with some Class 4.


Photo #1 Photo #2 Photo #3 Photo #4 Photo #5 Photo #6 Photo #7 Photo #8 Photo #9 Photo #10 Photo #11 Photo #12 Photo #13