This is a really fun scramble route, stick directly the ridge crest for some nice class 4 gendarmes!
1st winter centennial! easy hike up the iowa gulch road and a pretty, winter hike up the slopes to the snow covered south ridge.
Climbed Dyer along with Gemini at night under clear skies. Seemed the most asthetic way to climb them with all the power lines up there.
Hiked to the head of the Iowa Ampitheater, then headed up to the south ridge. The south ridge was interesting (drifted and rocky) for the final 300 or 400 feet.
I saw this mountain after I had climbed Sherman and Gemini, and made an enjoyable trip across the long narrow Gemini-Dyer saddle (yes, under the powerlines) and up to the summit. Great view of Elbert and Massive to the west. Also, good look at Sherman's west side.
Dyer makes for a nice side trip if your hiking Gemini or Sherman. I enjoyed the Little Sacramento Gulch approach up to Gemini. Although I have heard that there might be some private property issues with the appraoch.
Dyer is the proud owner of some ugly power lines that actually ascend over the Gemini/Dyer saddle. Those suckers buzzzz as well. What solitude I had on Gemini i lost quickly on Dyer.
Combine Gemini with Dyer Mountain and you can easily bust out two of Colorado's highest 100 with minimal effort.
I think Dyer's east face gets skied often as well.