West Dyer Mountain
East Ridge
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Difficulty:
 Class 2 
Trailhead:Iowa Gulch
Start:11,660 feet
Summit:13,047 feet
Total Gain:1,400 feet
RT Length:3.0 miles
Author:BillMiddlebrook
Updated:1/2015
Weather:NOAA Forecast
Conditions:4 reports
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Trailhead

Take US 24 through downtown Leadville to the southern end of town. Turn east onto Monroe Street and drive 0.2 miles. Turn right (south) on Lake County 2 (Toledo St). Follow CR 2 (paved) for approximately 3.8 miles to a fork in the road. Turn left on a 2WD dirt road and continue 3.0 miles up into Iowa Gulch to the trailhead. A total of 7 miles from US 24 in Leadville. The trailhead is unmarked - park along the road. If you're hiking Mts Sherman or Sheridan, locate the trail (below the edge of the road) as it heads toward the creek under the power lines.

Route

West Dyer Mountain isn't climbed too often but it's a short climb with good views of surrounding 13ers. There's no official trailhead or parking area for this hike - just follow the directions for the Iowa Gulch trailhead and park near 11,650' on the road. Approx. parking coordinates: 39.22984 North, -106.19822 West.

Leave the road and hike northeast up into the Dyer Amphitheater between West Dyer Mountain and Dyer Mountain - 1. Continue north along the base of Dyer Mountain's talus slopes and aim for the right (east) side of the rocky drainage in the amphitheater - 2. Gain easier ground above some cliffs ( 3), walk past a small lake ( 4) and continue toward the north end of the amphitheater ( 5) where the terrain gets more difficult - 6. Ascend the scree slope at the north end of the amphitheater to reach the saddle between West Dyer Mountain and Dyer Mountain - 7. Turn left and follow West Dyer's east ridge to the summit - 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12. 13 looks east over the saddle and to Dyer Mountain.

Notes

West Dyer is sometimes hiked before climbing Dyer Mountain's Class 4 west ridge route. If you plan on climbing Dyer Mountain's west ridge, be prepared for loose rock and plenty of Class 3 scrambling along with some Class 4.
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