Dyer Mountain (Sherman Grand Slam)

elevation: 4,225 m.  height gain: 535 m.
area: Leadville,Colorado,USA map USGS 1:24,000 Mount Sherman,
        CO 39106B2

Ref: 14ers.com
driving to the trailhead

Driving up to the Iowa Gulch trailhead from Leadville with Mount Sherman in the background.
Ascent:  -South-east slopes  class 1
Descent:  -East ridge  class 2

Hike: RT 7.0 (includes Gemini Peak, Mounts Sherman and Sheridan); 1.5 up. This 4-peak circuit is a delightful loop best accessed from Leadville. The Iowa Gulch trailhead is a short drive from Pb-ville and the start of the trail is located at 3,660 meters, lessening the height gain required to reach higher ground and fabulous views. Dyer Mountain is a ranked centennial 13er, I was glad to include this summit on my Sherman escapade. There's a couple of routes up this summit; given I was solo and combining other objectives, I chose to keep it simple. I left the truck just as dawn replaced darkness. The start of my hike was very straightforward, I basically followed an old mining road and veered off on the summit's grassy south-eastern slopes. Tim had told me about a trail near some abandoned mining structures but I started climbing before I reached them, I never noticed the buildings until I was higher up on the ascent slopes. I really don't think that made much of a difference, the open terrain offered pleasant hiking and there was never any doubt of the direction I had to follow to reach the summit ridge. Further up on the slopes as I was about to gain the south-west ridge, I came about the trail. Once on the ridge, I had a great view over some old mining sites, the town of Leadville and Turquoise Lake. In very little time, I reached the summit. I jotted a note for Tim in the summit register, this is his backyard and he treks up here often on conditioning hikes. After taking some pictures and grabbing a quick snack, I started down towards Gemini Peak. I carefully descended to the broad saddle with the impressive power line's triple-tower and continued on the connecting ridge towards the steep talus ridge that would take me to Gemini Peak and Mount Sherman. The wind on the traverse was fierce, I wasn't looking forward to the climb in the shade.

end of the access road

Facing Mount Sheridan, at the end of the access road, just a little further than the trailhead for Mount Sherman's west slope trail.

start of the hike

Tomorrow morning, I will head out on the old mining road and climb the south-eastern slopes of Dyer Mountain.

random hiking

Random hiking on the southern slopes of Dyer Mountain, apparently a trail starts near the old mining structures below.

as straightforward as it gets

The route up Dyer Mountain is as straightforward as it gets.

prominent power line

A prominent power line and evidence of mining is part of the scenery on this loop.

nearing the south-west ridge

As I neared Dyer Mountain's south-west ridge, I came across a trail.

stepping in the sun

Stepping in the sun makes a big difference on this windy day.

looking back

Looking back at Mount Sheridan which will be my final objective today.

gemini peak and mount sherman

Gemini's twin peaks on the left and Mount Sherman on the right.

on the summit ridge

On Dyer's south-west ridge.

view over leadville

A fine view over old mining sites, the town of Leadville and Turquoise Lake.

a short distance from the summit

The rough ridge quickly leads to the summit.

following a trail

Following a trail to the summit.

leaving a greeting to tim

Leaving a greeting to my friend Tim that lives in Leadville.

view north-east

The view north-east reveals several tarns in high alpine meadows at the foot of Pennsylvania Mountain.

looking north

Looking north with Mount Evans B on the right.

view south

Southern view towards the Sawatch Range.

heading to the saddle

Heading down to the broad saddle towards Gemini's twin peaks.

looking back at dyer mountain

Looking back at Dyer Mountain.

Continue on to Gemini Peak
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