Father Dyer Peak  
Condition Updates  
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: East Ridge
Posted On: 2022-06-28, By: barnsy12
Info: Crystal lake rd has plenty of water before getting to the lake, but the 4WD road is in good condition. No issues driving to 12k ft in a stock wrangler. Rest of the route is in summer conditions. 
Route: Combo Helen/Father Dyer/Crystal
Posted On: 2022-06-12, By: JaredJohnson
Info: Climbed Helen Mtn, traversed to Father Dyer, descended Father Dyer's East Ridge. Very little snow and all easily avoidable until below the east ridge near treeline, a small snowfield or two which did not require me to take out the spikes or axe that I had brought. Father Dyer's summit register tube thingy is empty and missing its cap It did look like the surrounding peaks such as crystal had some snow on the ridge. I have photos I might get around to posting 
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Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2021-06-21, By: dwoodward13
Info: Summer conditions. Some water running on the road/trail. You can hop around most of it or weave thru the willows on the side to stay dry. Route doesn't seem to be well marked/traveled but its easy to figure out where to go. 
Route: Combo Helen/Father Dyer/Crystal
Posted On: 2021-06-21, By: tefensmom
Info: Full summer conditions save for a couple minor snowfields (no traction needed) on the descent from Crystal. Trail runners the whole day. We agreed this had some class 4 moves, or maybe we just suck at routefinding. Very fun traverse from Mt Helen to Father Dyer. 
Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2021-06-13, By: ktfoote628
Info: Father Dyer is dry as a bone but things in the area are melting fast so the creek crossings are high and a lot of the lower trails have turned into a stream. I took my shoes off at one of the creek crossings because the water was high and fast and I didn't trust the wet logs... on the way back, I used them but I crawled haha, I started at the 4WD trailhead which I thought was somewhat rough but 3 Subarus made it (when I went down, a lot of Jeeps had stopped lower). I recommend Wheeler Road approach versus Wheeler Trail unless you like slightly sketchy creek crossings. Only saw a CMC group up there today. Definitely an easy class 3, good season warm up. I traversed over to Crystal and will post a separate report for that peak. Wildflowers are starting to pop, even on the scramble itself which was beautiful! 
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Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2021-01-02, By: weakenedwarrior
Info: Parked at the lower TH which is plowed. From the TH to treeline through Crystal Creek road the trail was hard packed. From treeline to the lake snowshoes are pretty much a requirement - the trail has a good wind crust at times but gets very faint and can get hard to follow. Snowshoes are also very helpful to get to the flat spot 400' up the ridge so don't stash them too early. The ridge was not as wind blown as I was expecting and with all the snow I had a hard time finding the class 3 bypasses to keep it class 2 and I ended up scrambling on the crest for most of the ridge. I had a much better look on the way down to keep it easier. Quite windy from treeline to the lake and even more to go from the top of the ridge to the actual summit but it was manageable while going up the ridge. 
Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2020-09-25, By: berko89
Info: Summer conditions on Father Dyer's East Ridge route. There was a bit of ice on shaded rocks from precipitation the previous night but not in any locations that interfered with the route - in general, twas a fun moderate scramble up dry rock. We continued over to Crystal Peak and descended via the Crystal trail - summer conditions there too. 
Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2020-09-12, By: Ev_p303
Info: Road is mostly clear all the way to the lower lake. Past the lake there was a decent amount of snow but its melting fast. The east ridge itself was mostly clear of snow but I had to stay on the top of the ridge which made it a more solid class 3 climb. The summit ridge still had a good amount of snow but I never even put on my spikes. 
Route: Combo Helen/Father Dyer/Crystal
Posted On: 2020-09-06, By: daway8
Info: Did Helen-Father Dyer-Crystal combo with Peaks 10 & 9 thrown in. Absolutely loved the Helen - Father Dyer ridgeline. I considered it more fun than the Sawtooth or Kelso or Quandary West Ridge because there were just so many neat scramble opportunities - plenty of class3+ with some isolated class 4/5 moves here and there which you could go for or easily bypass if preferred. Great ridge for low risk way to build scrambling skills since pretty much all the difficult terrain can be avoided if you're not feeling up for it but lots of fun moves with generally very little exposure for those who choose to stick to the top of the ridge. Route up Helen very easy but seems to go on forever as seen in the pictures I took towards the end of the day's loop. Image 1 is the traverse from a distance (fun stuff near hump in center). Image 2 is the long, long trek up Helen. Didn't notice any smoke except some haze on the distant horizon. 
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Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2020-08-15, By: MTBen
Info: Very fun ridge, not too exposed. Very smokey today 
Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2020-08-09, By: tcphoto87
Info: Couldn't have asked for a better day aside from the early AM haze. Assuming there's a wildfire nearby, but by noon or so it had mostly all cleared up. Completely dry, super easy class 3 ridge and most if not all of the class 3 bits are pretty easily avoided if you want to. Took me a minute to locate where to start heading up but wasn't too hard to find. There was a bit more exposure on the summit ridge than I thought there would be. I did Father Dyer/Crystal/Peak 10 combo (skipping Helen and adding peak 10) and made for a super fun day. Total it was 10.75 miles and took me under 7.5 hours including all the stops on each summit and relaxing by the lake for awhile. According to my tracker on my watch the summit of Father Dyer from the parking lot/trailhead was 3.7 miles in about 2 hours 20 minutes. 
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Route: Combo Helen/Father Dyer/Crystal
Posted On: 2020-07-07, By: NittanyLion14er
Info: All clear minus 2 small snow fields on Pk 10 from summit down to tower service road, soft enough no traction needed. Glissade possible to Crystal Lake Trail from ridge, recommend poles or axe to regulate speed; fast snow around 11am. 
Route: West Ridge from Crystal Peak
Posted On: 2020-06-13, By: moltar
Info: Totally clear 
Route: Bushwhacked up South Face
Posted On: 2020-06-13, By: moltar
Info: Totally Clear. Took the Ridge to Crystal Peak A and was clear, too. 
Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2020-06-05, By: rhammond530
Info: East ridge is in. No snow of consequence on the ridge to Crystal. Willows in the lower basin are a posthole-y mess. There is a log bridge across the creek just to the right (north) of where it flows over the 4WD road. 
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Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2020-01-06, By: KatintheHat
Info: Parked at the 2wd trail head and road up was well packed by ski traffic. Broke trail up to Father Dyer Ridge, but snow had a nice crust and we only punched through in a few places. Ridge is mostly wind scoured with a place or two of unavoidable snow. Snowshoes up to the ridge and felt comfortable in microspikes for the ridge. Truly a fun entry level class 3 winter outing! 
Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2019-11-18, By: Giant hills
Info: Was able to drive truck to upper 4wd trailhead. No flotation or traction used. Not to much snow on ridge, same with the ridge over to crystal. Went down crystals northeast ridge which had a little more snow coverage, met up with the road that runs along lower slopes of crystal. Used axe crossing one slope on the road as it was hard packed and a fall wouldve been a long ride. 
Route: Combo Helen/Father Dyer/Crystal
Posted On: 2019-09-21, By: supranihilest
Info: From the summit of Mount Helen there's a long Class 2 section to the saddle. From here things get interesting and the route finding and Class 3 scrambling begins. I found both to be easier than I expected. Most of the route is on the south side of the ridge (the Quandary side). A couple of times you'll have to down climb steep, narrow chimneys. The feet can sometimes be poor - just dirt and broken rock - but the hands are usually good and the rock is solid. Nonetheless, test every hold. About halfway through the traverse to Father Dyer you'll have to lose a bit of elevation gain and traverse on some ledges on the south side of the ridge, then climb up through steep, broad gullies back to the ridge crest. This section is easier than it might look from the bottom, just be sure of your feet. You'll know when you're close to the summit as you'll have attained the ridge crest just prior, since most of the traverse is done below the ridge crest. From Father Dyer to Crystal is just a Class 2 scamper, nothing too serious. The rock is a little loose and you could probably find yourself in exposed terrain, but it's almost entirely avoidable. 
Route: Combo Helen/Father Dyer/Crystal
Posted On: 2019-07-29, By: vidoona
Info: We did the Class 2/3 loop (Helen=>Dyer=>Crystal=>Peak 10). The 4x4 road up to lower Crystal Lake is open and snow can be avoided for the entire route. 

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