Crystal Peak A  
Condition Updates  
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. 
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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. 
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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 
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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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Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2020-09-25, By: Mountain_Maniac
Info: Summer conditions on the Crystal Peak's Northeast Ridge route. We ascended via Father Dyer's East Ridge route (also summer conditions), hiked over to Crystal Peak, and descended via the Northeast Ridge route. 
Route: Combo Helen/Father Dyer/Crystal
Posted On: 2020-09-15, By: Jorgito
Info: Did the full traverse and never touched snow. There's still plenty of snow on the North side of the ridge, but basically none on the ridge and to the South of it. 
Route: via Father Dyer
Posted On: 2020-08-09, By: tcphoto87
Info: Hiked Crystal via Father Dyer from the lake (didn't hike Helen) It was a super easy walk for the most part over to Crystal still a little worn out from the ridge up to FD. I hung out on Crystal for awhile since it was such a perfect clear day. The views of Pacific are amazinggg. Total from the trailhead/parking lot it was 4.53 miles according to my watch's tracker and in about 3 hours. Around 35 minutes from FD and .8ish of a mile from that summit. There's a tiny bit of snow along Crystal but nothing on the trail. The route back down towards the upper lake was all dry too for those coming up the standard route 
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Route: Combo Helen/Father Dyer/Crystal
Posted On: 2020-08-01, By: nickle
Info: Started from the Lower Spruce Creek TH and ran the route Helen-->Father Dyer-->Crystal-->Father Dyer E Ridge. Zero snow anywhere on the route. Rock was generally pretty solid on the Helen-->Father Dyer traverse, a few loose blocks though so keep your guard up. Father Dyer-->Crystal and Father Dyer E Ridge (descent route) are a bit more loose, watch your step. Beautiful day out, TH was absolutely slammed when we got back down, be sure to arrive early for this one. 
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Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2020-06-13, By: TheseThousandHills
Info: Continuous snow from summit to lower lake. Crystal Creek gate closed. Several large snowfields to cross above the lakes. 
Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2020-06-13, By: EyeMD
Info: Crystal Peak East Face skiing is still in! The issue is, getting there... Attempted it 6/10, after the big weekend storm, but got up too late, and the snow was Rollerballing on the way up. On 6/12, with a 6AM start, and a solid freeze overnight, it was much safer... I did use micro spikes and an ice axe on the hard morning snow, and had some postholing along the ridge, close to the rocks. The crux is getting above the gully draining from Upper Crystal Lake to Lower Crystal. I climbed the south slopes of Peak 10 to the saddle, then up the East Ridge of Crystal. The skiing on Crystal's East face was amazing! Silky corn for 1000 feet. Skiing the South slopes of Peak 10 let me bypass the steep upper to lower Crystal Lake gully. Get this one done early! 
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Route: Combo Helen/Father Dyer/Crystal
Posted On: 2020-06-13, By: moltar
Info: Totally clear in from Father Dyer, summit has significant snow on eastern face, but totally glissadable. 
Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2020-05-28, By: Agstrohmeier
Info: Started up after this most recent snowstorm but didn't like the snow conditions so we bailed at lower crystal lake. Skins on about 1 mile up the road from the winter trailhead. At 0.7 miles if you are ok with some dirt skinning. Continuous snow from treeline to summit from what we could see. 
Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2020-05-23, By: BillMiddlebrook
Info: Crystal had prime corn skiing today. Booted up the Crystal Creek road before putting on skis near Francie's Cabin. Skinned up to the headwall above Lower Crystal Lake and then booted up the headwall and up the NE ridge to the summit. Skied all the way back to 11,000' before walking back down the road. 2,800' of continuous skiing - not bad. 
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Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2019-12-07, By: ma1919
Info: The lower part of the road up to the turnoff for the hut is packed snow - no flotation or traction needed for this part. One step off the road would put you in 2-3 feet of unconsolidated powder though. Between the hut and the lower lake, conditions vary from dry spots to thigh-waist deep drifts. Some sections are wind-scoured have thin or no coverage, but every so often I lost the road completely in drifts. I ended up putting on snowshoes for this part just to get through the drifted sections, but the deep spots are short enough that you could probably get by without flotation. I turned around at the lower lake (around 12k) due to increasing winds, but the photo shows most of the upper part of the route. The road to the TH is packed snow pretty much the whole way from Hwy 9. Parking was under half full at around 8:30 when I arrived, but only a few spaces were left around noon when I got back. The summer 4WD road is blocked by a snow berm at the end of the parking lot. 
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Route: Combo Helen/Father Dyer/Crystal
Posted On: 2019-10-14, By: Randy1983
Info: Road has some ice but was easily manageable. Getting through the forest to the grassy slopes of Helen was a bit cumbersome. Once on the ridge the new snow and constant wind made things pretty slow. I did bring micro-spikes and crampons but I never used either for the whole route. The ridge from Helen to Dyer looked pretty dry from a distance, but did have a few areas of ice and snow that forced me off route slightly from time to time. But again, nothing that wasn't manageable. The rest of the route had the typical early season fresh snow but mostly dry if you stick to the exposed rock. 
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Route: Southeast, Southwest, and Northeast Ridges
Posted On: 2019-09-21, By: supranihilest
Info: Southeast Ridge from Father Dyer: Class 2. Somewhat loose and potentially exposed in spots, but all avoidable. Southwest Ridge to Pacific Peak: Class 2. Loose. A lot of elevation loss to the saddle. If it doesn't look easy pick another line, especially going up or down the bump between Crystal and Pacific. Nothing on this section should be harder than Class 2. Northeast Ridge to Peak 10: Also Class 2 and loose. I did a lot of sidehilling just below the ridge crest en route to Peak 10 instead of staying on the ridge crest itself. It may or may not have been easier, but it's not like it was hard, really, just kind of tedious. Once again a significant loss of elevation en route. 
Route: Combo Helen/Father Dyer/Crystal
Posted On: 2019-09-03, By: Hikingwiththesquad
Info: Stable and snow-free. Had the summits to ourselves. 

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