Mount Helen Climber's Log

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SarahThompson - Jul 19, 2018 3:06 pm Date Climbed: Jul 14, 2018

Helen to Father Dyer  Sucess!

Fun little traverse from Helen to Father Dyer. Saw 3 other parties on these unranked 13ers! What is Colorado coming to :(


chicagotransplant - May 8, 2017 11:12 am Date Climbed: May 7, 2017

East Face Ski  Sucess!

2nd 5/7/17: Solo ski of the East Face. Overcast day, so the snow never really softened up. Crust sastrugi up top, but the air temp was warm enough that below 12k the turns were decent. Some bare patches near the summit, so not a continuous ski off the top, but was able to piece snow together in the lower trees and didn't have to take the skis off until the car.
3rd: 5/7/22: Ski of East Face with Lindsay and Derek.


rmjwinters - Aug 7, 2016 7:43 pm Date Climbed: Aug 7, 2016

With Father Dyer and Crystal  Sucess!

Nice traverse


xDoogiex - Jun 22, 2016 2:20 pm Date Climbed: Jun 20, 2016

Start of traverse  Sucess!

Up the east face to start the traverse


BradBartick - Jun 18, 2016 8:38 pm Date Climbed: Jul 18, 2016

East ridge...  Sucess!

A man, a woman, a goat, a ptarmigan, a deer, a pika.....


Kiefer - Feb 14, 2016 9:00 am Date Climbed: Feb 13, 2016

Windy day  Sucess!

Ascended East Ridge to Father Dyer and traversed the connecting ridge to Mt. Helen. Super windy day w/snow made the ridge a bit more spicy.


nickkarl - Jul 7, 2015 10:53 pm Date Climbed: Jul 21, 2015

Standard  Sucess!

First climb of the hurt a little.

Senad Rizvanovic

Senad Rizvanovic - May 26, 2014 8:30 pm Date Climbed: May 26, 2014

Memorial Day  Sucess!

Beautiful day, warm and no wind. Still lot of snow knowing its already end of may.Easy and very scenic hike.

Liba Kopeckova

Liba Kopeckova - Oct 20, 2013 9:37 pm Date Climbed: Oct 19, 2013

very windy  Sucess!

Very windy day. East slopes were mostly free of snow - it was blown off, but at lower sections we got buried it deep snow.
From Spruce Creek TH.


Scott - Apr 29, 2013 2:50 pm Date Climbed: Apr 27, 2013

Helen  Sucess!

April 26

Kessler, Shaylee, Kimberly and I set off for Francies Cabin (11,360 feet) along Crystal Creek in the Tenmile Range. We got a later start than hoped for and didn’t leave until 8:10 PM, which is after sunset. Because it was after sunset and because we thought that we had forgotten our lights, we quickly snowshoed up the trail as quickly as possible.

We chose to take the shorter, but much steeper route. The second half of the route was completed by starlight. We were afraid that finding the cabin would be difficult, but luckily we found it without any problems. We had made the route in one hour, half of what the guidebook said it would take.

After getting to the cabin, we found out that we had actually had our lights stashed in Kessler’s backpack all along! There were several other people in the cabin as well.

April 27

No one else wanted to climb a peak, so I set off alone towards Mt Helen (13,164 feet). With the recent storms, I chose Mt Helen because I thought Peak 10 (which was the original plan) would carry less risk. The snow was now the deepest of the season and much deeper than it was in the mostly dry winter.

I chose to climb up the rock ribs in order to reach the ridge because I thought the snow would be shallow and not risky. The rock ribs actually turned out to be quite difficult and I had to use my iceaxe on the slope between the rocks. I probably should have taken the standard route. There was a little unstable snow, but most of it was more stable than expected.

Once on the ridge, the snow was stable and it was a direct climb straight to the summit. It was a bit windy, but otherwise the weather was great.

I took a rest on the summit in order to take several photographs. I was the first to sign the summit register since November 8 2012, but wondering how many ascents of the peak there were over the past winter season. Probably not that many, but at least a few.

I took the about the same route down, but had a nice glissade next to the trees. Because it was still fairly early, the snow was pretty stable, but I wouldn’t want to do it in the afternoon. The climb had taken 2 hours 20 minutes up and 40 minutes down.


habaceeba - Sep 3, 2012 5:36 pm Date Climbed: Sep 1, 2012

Had to bail  Sucess!

Nice, easy slope. Made it to the high point on the ridge between Helen and Father Dyer on my way to Crystal. Clouds were building too fast for my comfort and I decided to bail down a grassy slope into the Spruce Creek drainage. It was the right call because the storms rolled in shortly after.


MattK - Nov 29, 2011 3:04 pm Date Climbed: Jul 31, 2011

Fun Day  Sucess!

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.


DharmaBum1984 - Jan 9, 2009 1:16 am Date Climbed: Jul 30, 2008

East Side  Sucess!

Climbed as part of the Helen-Father Dyer-Crystal Ridge in near perfect weather. Very fun ridge.

Sarah Simon

Sarah Simon - Aug 3, 2008 11:11 pm Date Climbed: Aug 3, 2008

East Slope  Sucess!

My first attempt being twarted by late-morning lightening, I was happy to return to Mount Helen. The variety of wildflowers on her east slope make the uphill slog much less painful. I really enjoyed the views from the summit, and the weather held out allowing us to kick back for close to an hour and eat, sun ourselves and relax. Partner: Carol.


mtnhiker13 - Jul 20, 2007 6:59 pm Date Climbed: Jun 16, 2007

East Face  Sucess!

Nice steep tundra to get your legs in shape. Great views of Father Dyer and Crystal and basin below. Enjoyable nap on the summit.

Eric Holle

Eric Holle - Mar 22, 2007 1:12 pm Date Climbed: Mar 21, 2007

East Slopes  Sucess!

Nice solo hike in early spring conditions.

Brian Kalet

Brian Kalet - Mar 5, 2007 6:34 pm Date Climbed: Mar 4, 2007

East Slopes  Sucess!

Skied from the summit!


Gahugafuga - Sep 20, 2006 7:09 pm Date Climbed: Sep 19, 2006

East Slopes  Sucess!

First peak on my loop around the Spruce Creek drainage. Continued on to Father Dyer then Crystal and finally Pk 10.

Foxy Long Bottoms

Foxy Long Bottoms - Jul 26, 2006 1:13 am Date Climbed: Jul 23, 2006

..  Sucess!



chicagotransplant - Jul 24, 2006 3:52 pm Date Climbed: Jul 23, 2006

Father Dyer/Mt Helen  Sucess!

Climbed with gurlyclimber as part of a traverse from Father Dyer Peak. The class 3 ridge that connects the two is really fun, a sort of mini-Ellingwood Ridge (LaPlata).

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