Crystal Peak A  
Condition Updates  
Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2022-07-20, By: Istoodupthere
Info: Really enjoyed this one. Easy to follow road/trail most of the way to the summit. Some easy scrambling near summit. Between the two upper lakes you need to get off trail briefly to get up to the trail that leads to the summit. Of course I blew by this a good quarter mile and had to climb up some steep talus to get to the trail. Wasn't a big deal. I'll post a pic of the cairn to look for 100 feet or so above you. 
Route: South Slopes
Posted On: 2022-07-18, By: nlee13
Info: Did the Roachs' South Slopes route from Sand Creek Trailhead and Mohawk Lakes. Snow free all the way up except a small patch that we chose to cross near the summit. Trail goes away near the uppermost lake and it is a free for all once you pick your route north up the talus. 
Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2022-07-10, By: dr_j
Info: All snow is avoidable along the route, just a few small remaining fields around 13600' and above. The lower portion has plenty of wet spots before Lower Crystal Lake, look for a suitable crossing, or just cool off your feet. I ascended the ridge a bit too early, it's best to go up / down closer to the upper lake, or you'll be fighting a lot of loose talus. Wildflowers are blooming, high summer in Colorado is here. 
Route: Combo Helen/Father Dyer/Crystal
Posted On: 2022-07-05, By: arthurtect
Info: Ascended up Helen's east slope (green and covered with wildflowers), then traversed to Father Dyer and Crystal (dry and awesome). Descended down Crystals south slope (hill of loose rocks) and then connected to the Mohawk Lakes trail back to our vehicle. Mountain goats and Big Horn sheep and every flower imaginable! 
Route: Pacific-Crystal Traverse
Posted On: 2022-07-02, By: pbergmaier
Info: Did Crystal after summiting Pacific Peak, beginning at the lower Mayflower Gulch TH, by the highway. Started at 5:45am and reached summit of Pacific at 9am and the summit of Crystal by 10:20am. As previously stated, all snow fields going up Pacific's west ridge are avoidable if so desired. The traverse from Pacific to Crystal is dry as well and all snow fields can also be avoided. We descended west from the Pacific-Crystal saddle and contoured back to the bottom of Pacific's west ridge. Here you will probably still need to cross several low-angle snow fields if you want to take the easiest and most direct route. On the ascent, we crossed Mayflower Creek very early, via the concrete flow control system just 0.1 miles from the lower TH, and bushwhacked our way up to the Pacific Creek drainage. On the descent, we instead opted to follow the established trail back down across Mayflower Creek to the old cabin remains at the upper TH. This latter creek crossing was a sloppy, muddy mess and we recommend avoiding it for at least the next couple weeks until it dries up a bit. 
Route: loop with Pacific, East slopes ski
Posted On: 2022-05-16, By: SnowAlien
Info: Day was still young @1.30pm, I didn't get enough good skiing to justify the Mohawk lakes slog (and exit) and I knew Crystal lake exit is quicker. So I skinned over to Crystal arriving @3pm. Skiing down was better than expected, ripen corn, and I didn't knock down anything even at headwall. Back at the car just before 5pm, although hiking dry road in ski boots in the last mile was annoying. 
Route: Combo Helen/Father Dyer/Crystal
Posted On: 2021-10-24, By: DrSluice
Info: Fresh snow settled between rocks. Definitely time to be careful with snow on the class III sections. Traction was useful mostly for the roads near the TH which were a sheet of ice. 
Route: Combo Helen/Father Dyer/Crystal
Posted On: 2021-10-17, By: rosey33
Info: Spruce creek road is snow covered and gets icy at the end of the day. Ascended Mt Helens east slope which started out with a bushwhack because we missed the turn off to find “the gully” which takes you above tree line. Minimal post holing. Traverse from helens to father Dyer was a blast with recent snow making things more interesting. After summit father Dyer it's an Easy walk over to Crystal no traction was needed all day. Could be useful walking the last bit back to your car. Descending off Crystal had quite a few deep snow drifts but easily avoidable. Once on the trail it's an easy walk back 
Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2021-10-04, By: CheapCigarMan
Info: Fresh snow with partly sunny skies and no wind made for a most spectacular day in the mountains. Hiked Roach's East Slopes route from Lower Crystal Lake / Upper Spruce Creek 4WD TH. Solid rock on the slope and from the saddle to the summit. No traction needed. 
Route: Up Southwest Ridge, Down Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2021-07-30, By: PikaSteve
Info: Summer conditions. Largest creek has several logs hidden for easy crossing on bypass trail in the willows. Other water crossings have plenty of stepping stones. Nice loop hike with fine weather until mid-afternoon: parked on Spruce Creek 4WD Road at intersection with Aqueduct Road; up Pacific Peak via Mohawk Lakes; down to saddle and up to Crystal Peak; down Northeast Ridge to Crystal Lakes; and return to truck via Wheeler Trail. Glad I did Crystal Peak second to finish the day with easier conditions: both ascent of Southwest Ridge from Pacific saddle and descent of Northeast Ridge to Peak 10 saddle were less steep and less loose than Pacific Peak's East Slopes and North Ridge. Route from Peak 10 saddle at 13,260' back to lower Crystal Lake entirely on Class 1 trail. Flowers (and mosquitos) plentiful below 12,500'. 
Route: Father Dyer/ Crystal
Posted On: 2021-06-13, By: ktfoote628
Info: Way more snow on Crystal than Father Dyer... basically all avoidable for the most part. I thought the descent from Crystal would be easy so I didn't study it too much prior to the hike but I definitely got lost on the way down and I think that's because the snow covered part of the trail and there weren't any recent footprints. Eventually I found the Crystal Trail and it was mostly dry but still 4 large snowfields. I brought spikes but didn't put them on for these short sections but the snow was so slippery, I kind of wish I had. Postholed in maybe one of the snowfields but the other ones were so supportive that it was slightly sketchy. Only saw 1 person on a beautiful Sunday and she was only heading to the lakes. 
Route: Combo Helen/Father Dyer/Crystal
Posted On: 2021-06-12, By: gluckhikes
Info: Summer conditions from trailhead to summit. We were able to get in a couple glissades off of Crystal, and later realized we could have gone even further. We crossed a couple short but steep snowfields while descending the Crystal Trail. A few substantial sections of the trail/road below the lake are flooded with flowing snowmelt, so expect to get your feet wet or else try your luck with the willows. 
Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2021-05-08, By: k_fergie
Info: Rode Crystal from Spruce Creek TH this morning. The road/trail in is skinable with 2 sections of billygoating, although its going fast. East face had great coverage and rode phenomenally, especially the lower down headwall. Dropped around 9am, first party of the day, and it was a little firm up high, but the middle section had great corn and we were able to get back to the car before the whole lower part was completely mashed potatoes. There were several parties (I think part of a CMC group) still going up when we came down, unless the incoming storm cools the snow, they are going to have a hell of time getting out. Even as a knuckle-dragger, I was able to ride continuously from the summit to the car (minus the 2 billygoating sections on the road out, big win and may warrant a repeat 
Route: NE Ridge via Peak 10
Posted On: 2021-04-10, By: durkan
Info: We went up and over Peak 10 from Spruce Creek Trailhead to tag Crystal A. The day was a mixed bag of conditions. Traction, ice axe, and snowshoes all came in handy at some point. Packed road and paths to and above Francie's Cabin. Snowshoes could be used, but not required in the morning. We had to take out the ice axes to ascend the ridge below Briar Rose Mine. After that, just stayed south of the slight cornice to tag Peak 10. From Peak 10 to Crystal A: only traction and an axe was used. To descend Crystal, we descended the drainage and stayed north of all the Crystal Lakes. We glissaded some, but use your best judgement and scout ahead of time. After the lakes, I wore snowshoes back to the trailhead with slushy and mashed tater snow, but the rest of team did not. 
Route: Mayflower
Posted On: 2021-01-12, By: Yikes
Info: Trenched from Mayflower cabin ruins. Mixture of supportive crust and knee-deep. Route passed Pacific ridge start and up Pacific/Crystal saddle. Some collapsing snow on large flat areas, didn't see instability in steeper slopes I crossed. Beautiful weather, no wind. 
Route: Bah humbug
Posted On: 2021-01-10, By: blazintoes
Info: Out n back via Humbug creek. Retreated d/t nil visibility and cornices. Surface tension cracks caused an avalanche on Pacifics northwest ridge. Very scary early season conditions. At least I got to see the Star of Bethlehem. 
Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2020-11-08, By: jscully205
Info: Mostly dry walking the entire way up. 4wd road was and could see using some micro spikes for that section. Traversed PK 10>Crystal>Father Dyer>Helen and all of ridge was basically in summer conditions. Summit registers could use pens. 
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Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2020-11-02, By: wintersage
Info: The regular trailhead is accessible, but the 4WD is not. Lots of ice cover the step narrow road, and microspikes were helpful in this section. The rest of the route in general has snow, but can be done without traction. No need for snowshoes as the dusting of snow is patchy and light. 
Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2020-10-13, By: jtallerday
Info: Fresh snow in the morning that was partially melted by early afternoon -- not more than a couple of inches. Extremely windy -- had to stay on the south side of the ridge crest 
Route: Mohawk to Dyer saddle
Posted On: 2020-09-27, By: CaptCO
Info: Somehow took the trail to upper Mohawk before I realized I missed my turnoff (probably still faded from the night prior) ended up back-tracking to upper Mohawk lake, and route finding up the Helen/Dyer saddle. I had my dog so I tried to keep everything below class 3, there are some solid direct variations, but grabbing pacific first would be easiest from Mohawk. Trail ran from crystals trail to the 2WD TH, nice day with not many people out early. (Father Dyer + Crystal) 11mi 3,600'~ 

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