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Father Dyer - Mount Helen Ridge

Father Dyer - Mount Helen Ridge

Father Dyer - Mount Helen Ridge

Page Type: Route

Location: Colorado, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 39.43100°N / 106.1051°W

Object Title: Father Dyer - Mount Helen Ridge

Route Type: Ridge Scramble

Time Required: Half a day

Difficulty: Class 3

Route Quality: 
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Page By: Ed F

Created/Edited: Jul 7, 2005 / Jul 7, 2005

Object ID: 165754

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The "start" for this route is the summit of Mount Helen. Use the East Slopes route to the top.

Route Description

This route is an exciting ridge scramble, and can be done in either direction.

From the summit of Mount Helen, descend the ridge to a 12,900 foot saddle. From here, you will ascend the ridge to a high point at 13,400 feet, and then descend again to another 13,200 foot saddle.

The most difficult climbing here is to and from the 13,400 foot highpoint. There is some Class 3 areas and route finding is necessary. The exposure can be great at times. Take your time and ascertain the best and safest route.

This is fairly straightforward, but can be a little confusing. The difficult areas are short.

Route Stats
One-Way Mileage: 1.1 miles
Elevation Gain/Loss: +780, -430

A view of the ridge from Mount Helen's Summit. Late Spring Conditions.

A good view of most of the ridge from Father Dyer's Summit

Essential Gear

A helmet would be a good idea for this route. Ropes or rock pro would probably be not needed.


The summit block of Father...This photo shows the ridge to...