West Dyer Mountain  
Condition Updates  
Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2022-06-17, By: angry
Info: Alpine start of 1pm from Iowa Gulch TH. Summer conditions, no summit register. 
Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2022-02-12, By: supranihilest
Info: I parked at a small parking area on the first hairpin on CR-2. I followed old mining roads to Ball Mountain, down Ball and up East Ball to West Dyer. Snowshoes were useful to the bottom of East Ball where it's windblown. From West Dyer I returned to the Ball/East Ball saddle and went south to the Iowa Gulch Road then back to CR-2. Flotation useful but probably not strictly necessary. Axe and traction not necessary. 
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Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2021-11-07, By: CaptainSuburbia
Info: Some snow in the basin, but it was either avoidable or not bothersome. Saw a heard of big horns climbing through the cliffs on the Dyer side. East ridge to the summit was snow covered, but it was never more than shin deep. Descended over East Ball Mountain which was snow covered to the summit. It was mostly dry from Ball summit back to the road. I carried my pickleball paddle but didn't use it. 
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Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2021-09-08, By: pmodell
Info: Today we passed by the lake on the east side at the base of Dyer mountain scree. We continued climbing over the screen and ended up high on the slope with difficult scrambling. After passing all of the willows one should cross to the West Dyer mountain scree Base. There is a nice trail there. 
Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2021-06-10, By: ScottLovesRMNP
Info: First half of Dyer Amphitheater is dry, some snowfields in top half up to the Dyer saddle. Snow was fairly easy to walk through with boots even in the afternoon. Whole trip car to summit is short, but consists of unstable talus. 
Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2021-01-09, By: arnavxv
Info: Was able to drive all the way to Iowa Gulch in a rav4. First half of the road there are tire tracks, but after that it's snowmobile tracks I was driving out. Was able to just barely make it, but very sketchy. If I put chains on, would've been a breeze. I packed the road down pretty well and before the next storm, most crossovers with snow tires and/or chains would be able to make it. Ascended by climbing up into Dyer amphitheater. There are some boot pack tracks from someone who did Dyer the day prior, but I found using snowshoes easier for the majority of the gain. Need to do some route finding. Parts of the amphitheater are on/under avalanch slopes, and snow is still dangerous, but all avy danger can be avoided with careful route finding. On a lower angle section I triggered a gigantic woomph that could likely have been heard a mile away. Snow is very variable. Some wind slab, some powder, some ice crust. The final ascent to the pass is the worst - snow on top of a loose and unstable Boulder field. I took off my snowshoes here. Once you get to the pass, the summit is 250' up the ridge. Easy peasy up and down. A fun climb, and a great way to kill a few hours. RT is 3 miles and 1600 ft gain (but those 3 miles are very difficult, mile for mile). 
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Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2020-09-26, By: daway8
Info: No snow on the trail - what little is left is not in the way at all. 
Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2020-06-30, By: mjflynn74
Info: Some snow left in the Dyer Amphitheatre; none of it required traction. No snow from saddle to summit. There are still cornices on the east side of the ridge to East Ball Mtn, if anyone's going that way. 
Route: Iowa Gulch
Posted On: 2017-07-22, By: JasonKline
Info: Summer conditions. Snow was easily avoidable. 

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