While not a ranked peak (just a subpeak of Crystal Peak—13,852 feet), the east ridge of Father Dyer presents an esthetic and enjoyable scramble. This route provides a good introduction to the “art” of scrambling, offering some exposed but not sustained climbing and even a bit of loose rock to initiate the budding scrambler. Because of the relatively short (less than 1000 feet) ridge being climbed, the commitment level is lower than many of the other routes described in this guide, although as Ginni and I discovered one June morning, the rapid buildup of thunder clouds can still necessitate a hurried descent.
After jumping on a series of snowfields to bail off the ridge between Father Dyer and Crystal we arrived back at Lower Crystal Lake. As we were putting our ice axes away a nearby hiker commented that we had all the gear with us, including our “whackers” (ice axes?). As on many other occasions, we were happy to have had our “whackers” along.
Blue River, CO - Climbing - Trail Length: 7.5