Variation on Ascent, Descended Southeast Slopes
I left Denver in the early afternoon to hike Dyer from Iowa Gulch as a quick sunset loop one weekday in August. An unorthodox start time no doubt, but this afforded me quiet trails, trailheads and no crowds.
I took a slight variation route up the southeast slopes and descended the same route. I followed the trail and cairns past the mine rather than turning off before the railroad tie crossing. I wouldn’t advise going up that way if you want to avoid loose microwave and refrigerator sized rocks moving as you make your way up to the saddle between Dyer and Gemini.
The views were great and I had the route to myself including a short break on the summit to have a snack. The register needed a pen and more paper at the time.
A great mini hike on a weekday to enjoy the sunset!
Leadville is one of my most favorite mountain towns. A little gem with plenty of local options. Definitely spend some time here as you're passing through or even stay overnight to get better acclimated for your hike if you're coming from sea level.