Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Crystal Peak

Tenmile Range, Colorado
Crystal Peak , Elevation : 13852 ft / 4222 m
Father Dyer Peak, Elevation 13615 ft / 4150 m

Crystal Peak is a high Colorado Thirteener and one of the 100 highest peaks of Colorado, also known as "Centennial." Crystal falls in the 100 highest at #82. It is in the Tenmile Range, which extends from Peak  near Breckenridge south to the Continental Divide, where the same range becomes known as the "Mosquito" Range.

Crystal Peak can be climbed in all seasons. It sees little traffic compared to it's neighboring 14ers, but is definitely worth a trip. The most popular route goes through the beautiful Crystal Creek drainage and past Lower and Upper Crystal Lakes. This basin is worth the trip alone. Crystal also has several other routes from all directions, offering a wide variety of terrain. The standard route is a Class 2 hike

Father Dyer Peak is a high thirteener in the Crystal Creek drainage area of the Tenmile Range. This drainage also includes the thirteeners Crystal Peak , Peak 10, and Mount Helen. Unfortunately, this peak is mostly ignored in the Crystal Creek drainage compared to its Centennial neighbor, Crystal Peak. Father Dyer is definitely worth a trip of its own, however.

Father Dyer has at least four excellent routes, and none of them are as easy as the routes on the thirteeners around it. In fact, the easiest route to Dyer is from Crystal. Climbers will find all sorts of terrain around Father Dyer Peak. Routes offer scrambling, snow climbing, skiing, and enjoyable ridge runs. Father Dyer's summit block requires some easy scrambling, and leads you to a tiny summit. It's a great place to view the surrounding peaks of the mighty Tenmile.

Beautiful morning in Tenmile range.

Water is still runninf despite dry fall

Mining time....

Trevor is working hard on first slope.

First signs of snow.

Pacific Pk. peaking in background.

Another view of Pacific Peak in distance.

Mohawk Lake
East Ridge of Pacific Peak

Beautiful morning on Spruce Creek trail. 
Upper Mohawk Lake

Pacific Peak

Getting closer..

Pacific Peak

Clymbing toward Crystal Peak

Pacific Pk. in background.

Quandary Peak  in background


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