Dyer Mountain  
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Route: Southeast Slopes
Posted On: 2021-01-08, By: graberz
Info: I Parked at winter closure. There are Snow machine tracks that have the road packed down to before the south face where the snow on the road stops. Two vehicles had made it one to two miles in but then one got stuck or something and they had to get help to turn around from the snowmobile guides. The snow resumes on the road towards the end of south face and snow shoes were necessary from there to the beginning of the ascent towards the ridge. You can go from rock pile to rock pile as the snow isn't continuous and thins out towards the top. The east face does have large snow fields. I did the ridge over to Gemini and it was passable to the north with less snow. Beautiful day with low wind. Thanks to the person who placed the cool summit log. 
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Route: Southeast Slopes
Posted On: 2020-12-26, By: HikesInGeologicTime
Info: 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. 
 
Route: From Sherman
Posted On: 2020-11-05, By: Thevirtualsherpa
Info: Sherman is dry and so is the traverse over to Dyer. Extremely minimal snow, brought the dog and trail runners no problem. This report will probably be irrelevant in two days, but there you have it. BTW: the traverse over to Dyer from Sherman is very straight forward and tops off at Class 2. A great way to do this mountain. 
 
Route: Southeast Slopes
Posted On: 2020-10-12, By: CaptCO
Info: Dry to dyer, minor snow to gemini, and minor snow to sherman 
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Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2020-09-26, By: daway8
Info: Traverse from West Dyer to Dyer had no snow in the way at all. Very fun ridge line - depending on what line you pick you can easily find a lot of class 3 and 4 sections as well as some class 5 if you feel like it. Was somewhat windy but a lot of the more challenging sections are shielded from the wind. 
 
Route: Southeast Slopes
Posted On: 2020-09-24, By: dhagan
Info: Dry. 
 
Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2020-09-13, By: gluckhikes
Info: Dyer Amphitheatre is mostly dry, but a good amount of snow between the rocks of the ridge. The upper ridge is broken by a couple gullies which now hold snow. I had to work below and around one of these notches before regaining the ridge to the summit. Great ridge, but definitely a little spicier right now. 
 
Route: Southeast Slopes
Posted On: 2020-07-11, By: durkan
Info: After descending Gemini with the pup, I ascended Dyer from the east ridge. Small snowfield to cross when ascending from the east, but was supportive even in the afternoon (poles stabbed thru, though). Descended Dyer on the SE slopes. All snow is avoidable if you cut down from the ridge sooner that what the .com shows. This ended my Horseshoe/Peerless/Sheridan/Sherman/Gemini/Dyer Loop. 
 
Route: Southeast Slopes
Posted On: 2020-07-05, By: mjflynn74
Info: Minimal snow in Iowa Amphitheatre, none on immediate route. 
 
Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2020-06-30, By: mjflynn74
Info: From a hike of West Dyer: Some snow left in the Dyer Amphitheatre; none of it required traction. West ridge looked clear (see pic). 
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Route: Southeast Slopes
Posted On: 2020-06-06, By: RickyDavis
Info: The southeast slopes are still covered in snow and the morning sun heats them up pretty quickly. Plan an early summit if you want to avoid postholing. 
 
Route: Southeast Slopes
Posted On: 2020-05-16, By: dwoodward13
Info: Dyer is in nice condition. I stuck to mostly snow from the Summer TH to the summit. You could probably stick to rock/dirt for 30% of the route if you wanted. Decent freeze overnight created nice supportive snow until the summit. Left winter closure at 530 and summited at 8. Headed down about 9 and snow was great for plunge stepping, but still a bit too hard/icy for any decent glissade. Brought but didn't use traction. Only used snowshoes on a portion of the road on the way down which was quickly turning into a mess in the mid morning heat. 
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Route: Southeast Slopes
Posted On: 2020-04-26, By: dcruz654
Info: Continuous snow from the 2b road split to the summit. Firm enough to boot at 7am today without punching through at all. I'm a softboot splitboarder and move a bit quicker on foot than skinning, so I did that for a bit to pump out some mileage on the road quick. Skin up from summer th wasn't too bad, it's possible to keep the incline mellow with meandering, but we opted to basically just point it straight up. Had planned for a more direct line from the summit but wasn't comfortable with the wind loading on the slightly steeper terrain around 13600'. Headed down the southwest ridge about 250' vertical before dropping southeast for some really really good turns. Once back down to 11600, the snow was sloppy and sticky (at about noon). It made the ski out pretty awful to say the least. And I had fresh wax. 
 
Route: Southeast Slopes
Posted On: 2020-03-15, By: Scary_Canary
Info: If you want to ski dyer, the time is now perfect. Saw it last week from Sherman and it was in my thoughts since. If you have ski crampons, you can keep your skis on from car to summit, back to the car. If not, there was a short section my buddy had to boot up cause it was too icy, but it was very small. Snow was variable coming up. Good trench from the road closure to Iowa gulch, from there it was a mix of really good snow, to some spots that were bulletproof ice. I opted for my crampons after a while. Skiing down was an absolute dream, the sun softened the snow quite a bit by the time we got off the summit, and made for an amazing time. Able to ski from summit back to car. 
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Route: Southeast Slopes
Posted On: 2020-03-05, By: mjlucarelli
Info: There were old slides all around us on our way up to Iowa Gulch and we couldn't tell if wind slabs had formed on the ridge above us once we were in Iowa Gulch, so we decided to take a more direct route to the ridge past the Dyer Amphitheater drainage but before the Iowa Gulch drainage instead of sticking to the standard southeast slope route. I will post a picture of the slope we went up along with a couple pics of the ridge itself. Once we got to the ridge it was smooth sailing (except for those wonderful winter winds). 
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Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2019-10-17, By: angry
Info: Summer conditions. Quick, very easy scramble (rated class 4 but I believe that's just the chimney, felt overall easy class 2). The little snow present does not intersect the route. 
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Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2019-07-31, By: powhound
Info: Originally wanted to do Dyer's class 4 west ridge but couldn't find a partner, so went up SE slopes. However, anyone considering the west ridge and or Evans B may find this helpful. Photo 1 - Looking north from Dyer summit. Being I had no prior info, I couldn't see from my vantage point that I could avoid snow going over to Evans B. Was glad to have ax and spikes. Snow was hard and my spikes slipped frequently. Crampons would probably be overkill though. Was wishing I'd brought my Hillsound trail crampons with their 3/4" teeth. That probably would've been the right tool for the job. Once on the ridge traverse to Evans, all snow is avoidable. I've noted the water source because I had originally set out to only do Dyer/Evans. Once out there, I decided to make a big loop adding Gemini/Sherman and this allowed a much appreciated refill for the longer than planned for day. It's the only water on entire loop. Photo 2 - Looking south from most of the way across to Evans B. You can see how snow is avoidable by heading over to Dyer's false summit, or greatly minimized near the Gemini saddle. I didn't know this, so went down the big snow field just west of summit. The class 3 area is short and has some dirt path work-arounds on the west side. Mostly your typical, loose and grungy 2+ crap. I did some of that going over but stayed ridge proper on the way back. Rock is much better and some fun moves to be had. Only place bumped off the spine was the little crux tower. To keep it interesting, you can stay high on a narrow ledge on the west side. If adding on Gemini/Sherman, you can avoid/minimize snow to the Gemini saddle by dropping down or climbing up, but you're adding elevation gain to your day either way. Since I had snow gear I went across the most direct way Of note - The north side of Dyer's west ridge has snow in spicy areas. Photo 3 - Wildflowers were great at the end of the route. (The start of Sherman's west route) I've never seen so many fields of Columbines. Photo 4 - Driving out, looking north at the south side of Dyer's west ridge route. Mostly dry but still a patch or two that could warrant snow gear. 
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Route: Southeast Slopes
Posted On: 2019-07-29, By: E_A_Marcus_949
Info: Some snow patches remain, however it is easy enough to go around them and still make it to the summit without altering your course too much. There are a few trail patches and some cairns but otherwise it's a typical 13er of pick your own way. Summit register is in good condition and has a pen. 
 
Route: Southeast Slopes
Posted On: 2019-07-13, By: zinj
Info: Almost summer. Can't quite drive to the end of the line in Iowa gulch, but what's an extra 1/2 mile on roadbed? You can almost keep this dry if you want to and are willing to take a few steps on packed snow here and there, but it is so much more fun on the remaining snow fields - a few post holes to the hip, but largely consolidated. What I'm glad I brought: cheap nylon pants to glissade. What I wish I had brought: large-basket (ski) poles instead of tiny-basket trekking poles. What I didn't bring and was unnecessary: axe, crampons, spikes, fancy telescoping poles (there's no need to side-slope such that variable length poles are worth the weight).. 
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Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2019-07-08, By: datum313
Info: The road to the Fourmile Creek trailhead was open and mostly dry. I made it to the gate at 12,000' in my 2WD Camry. I took the standard Sherman route and then followed the ridge north to Gemini. There was a narrow line of snow-free talus on the ridge between Gemini and Dyer (see picture looking back at Gemini from the summit). I needed microspikes to climb the snowy section just below the summit and I glissaded back down to the ridge. 
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