What a great day! Headed up the unrelenting slopes of Helen and then traversed to Father Dyer and then on to Crystal. Wanted to head over to Peak 9 and 10, but were stormed off at Crystal.
Via the Crystal Lakes route. A perfect fall day and a dusting on snow on the surrounding peaks. Traversed over to Peak 10 as well.
Nice loop hike. The ridge to Father Dyer was the best part, but coming down off of Father Dyer was tedious. Had the dog with me - otherwise I probably would have come back over Mt Helen. (class3 ridge, I hear.)
Great views from the summit and did not see anybody all day long on the mountain. Traverse over from Father Dyer was a little loose in place and not as much fun as the NE ridge up Father Dyer.
Summited Crystal after climbing Father Dyer. Storms were rolling in from the west and I had to make tracks to get down. Cool peak though.
Group climb from Mayflower with Scot, Scott, Colin, Craig and Shawn. Good kick off to the winter season, lots of trailbreakers and a nice clear day!
Climbed it with Colin, Craig, Scot, Shawn and Mike on a beautiful January day.
A group of 6 of us climbed Crystal Peak from Mayflower Gulch. I used skis until just below the saddle with Pacific, then walked to the summit. After attempting Atlantic the day before we camped out at treeline. It was pretty comfortable winter camping due to no wind, a large new tent, and lots of beer. Having this many friends along made for a fun trip.
Nice views. Summit was a little uninspiring (flat/round).
Climbed from Mayflower Gulch
2nd time September 28, 2016 from Peak 10.
SW ridge. I didn't see anyone all day.
came up from Pacific
A surprisingly good mountain.
En route from Atlantic to Father Dyer
10/1/05 - Standard loop over Crystal, Pacific & Atlantic from Mayflower Gulch.
5/30/09 - Intended on climbing Pacific's North Couloir from Mohawk Lakes but found unstable snow conditions. Posthole city and fresh point releases everywhere. Climbed Crystal's south slopes as a consolation prize. Planned on running ridge to Father Dyer and Helen but dark clouds at 9am put a stop to that too. A horrible day.
1/28/18 - Windy winter ascent from Spruce Creek Trailhead via Peak 10. We descended from the saddle between the two which required finessing some some avy terrain. Going back up and over Peak 10 is a safer option, and likely the only reasonable one in typical winter conditions (we had below normal snow and better than normal avy conditions).
Great views. Very memorable trip. Lots of snow in early June.
Combined with Father Dyer and Peak 10.
Climbed from Mayflower Gulch en route to Pacific and Atlantic. I had to bushwhack a little while crossing Mayflower Creek. I had all three to myself today. Great weather too.
Approached via the lovely Crystal Lake route. Summitted Crystal (three parties from three approaches converged on the summmit at almost the same time). Continued onto Father Dyer. Descended down north slope between Dyer and Helen into Mohawk Lakes. Slope was painfully steep, I don't recommend that return route. Partners: Carol & Deb.
Crystal clear day on Crystal. A lot more snow on the ridge than I anticipated, but it made for a fun climb.