Peak:  Dyer Mountain (13er)
 Route:  Southeast Slopes
 Range:  Mosquito
 Posted By:  HikesInGeologicTime
 Date of Info:  12/26/2020
 Date Posted:  12/26/2020
 Details

Gate open at 2B, but the only vehicles I saw past the normal closure were Jeeps and an ATV with special treads. Road mostly bootable up until ~1/2 mile before its end, where snow was punch crusted in the morning and mush of the sort you'd expect to find in March in the afternoon.

We played Connect-the-Dots with rock patches up Dyer's slopes until we reached the ridge to further minimize an already fairly low risk of triggering an avalanche. Snow cover was so thin that I questioned whether the snowshoes we wore were absolutely necessary; on the way down, after descending the ridge, I realized that the answer to my question was, 'Yes, unless you're super enthusiastic about postholing in not-infrequent deeper sections.

Used microspikes descending the ridge. Not strictly necessary if you've got good balance, but they made the going a little easier.




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