Dyer Mountain - Southeast Slopes


Difficulty:  Class 2 
Upper Elevation: 13,855 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 12,100 feet
Elevation Gain:1,775 feet
Round-trip Length: 3.0 miles
Trailhead: Iowa Gulch
Author: BillMiddlebrook
Route Added: 08/15/2012
Last Updated: 08/22/2012
   

Trailhead:  

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. Locate the trail (below the edge of the road) as it heads toward the creek under the power lines. From the road, you can see trail sections down by the creek.

Details:

Drive up the Iowa Creek 2wd road all the way to a small parking area (12,100’) where you should find the remainder of the road blocked. Taken from 13er Mt. Sheridan, Photo #1 is an overview of the entire route. Leave the parking area and walk east up the road (Photo #2) leading to the mines in the upper Iowa Amphitheater. Continue (Photo #3 and Photo #4) up to 12,600’ and look for an easy spot to leave the road, before reaching the first mine building - Photo #5.

Leave the road and begin hiking west up Dyer’s southeast slopes - Photo #6 and Photo #7. Reach easier terrain near 13,200’ (Photo #8) and continue up to the crest of the south ridge -Photo #9 and Photo #10. Turn right (north) and follow the rough ridge (Photo #11 and Photo #12) to the summit - Photo #13, Photo #14 and Photo #15.

Notes:   

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