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"Pyramid Peak" (Mammoth Lakes)

"Pyramid Peak" (Mammoth Lakes)

"Pyramid Peak" (Mammoth Lakes)

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: California, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 37.57958°N / 118.96065°W

Object Title: "Pyramid Peak" (Mammoth Lakes)

County: Mono

Activities: Scrambling

Season: Summer

Elevation: 11728 ft / 3575 m


Page By: Noondueler

Created/Edited: Jan 17, 2010 / Mar 8, 2010

Object ID: 590156

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Pyramid Peak from Peak 11,390  on the Mammoth Crest
Pyramid Peak from the Mammoth Crest
"Pyramid Peak", or "Sherwin Peak", (unnamed on topo), is the high point on the ridge northeast of the Mammoth Crest and 1.5 miles north of Duck Pass in the Mammoth Lakes area of the Eastern Sierra. It can be seen from Hwy. 395. The southern peak is slightly higher. From the looks of it there is nothing resembling a pyramid about this peak but that is what it is known as locally. This is a class 1-2 day hike that can be a ridge ramble from Lake Mary or a straight up scramble from the trail to Duck Pass.
The ridge starts out composed of easy compact red metamorphic slate and gradually ascends into granite talus chunks near the summit.
The large notch offers an extreme ski run called "Para-chute" on the east face that is featured in John Moyniers book Back Country Skiing California's High Sierra.
The views of the Mammoth Crest, the Mammoth Lakes area, the Ritter Range and Mammoth Mountain are outstanding.

Getting There

Mammoth Crest from Pyramid Peak northwest ridge
Mammoth Crest from Pyramid Peak northwest ridge
From the junction of Hwy. 395 at Mammoth Lakes take Hwy. 203 west into Mammoth Lakes staying to the left as it goes up beyond the town. As the road goes past Twin Lakes take a left at Lake Mary where the road makes a 180 at 7.8 miles from 395. Continue along the northeast shore of Lake Mary to another left at .6 miles. Go .7 miles to roads end at the trailhead parking to Duck Pass.
Northwest ridge: Class 1-2. From the trailhead hike northeast .8 miles up to the crest of the red ridge. Follow the ridge southeast as it ascends to Pyramid Peak at 1.7 miles.
Southwest slope: Class 2. Take the Duck Pass Trail approximately 1.7 miles to the south end of Skelton Lake. Break trail, crossing Mammoth Creek and ascend the southwest slope of Pyramid Peak to the south summit on the right.
"Para-chute": This is the extreme ski/snowboard run from the east side of the notch. A description of the run can be found in John Moyniers book noted above. It normally requires an 8 foot rappel from the notch depending on the snow level that year.

Red Tape

Pyramid Peak from the west
Pyramid Peak from the west from the Duck Pass Trail.
This is a day hike in Inyo National Forest and no permits are required.


Point 11,040  from Skelton  Lake
South towards Duck Pass from Skelton Lake below Pyramid Peak
The nearest campground is the Cold Water Campground at the south end of Lake Mary at 9,000'.
There are numerous campgrounds around the Mammoth Lakes: There are campgrounds on the east side of Lake George at 9,000', the east side of Lake Mamie at 9,000'and the west side of Twin Lakes at 8,600'.

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NoonduelerRe: Pyramid Peak


Hasn't voted

I'll change it to Pyramid Peak even though Notch Peak is a better name. Yeah, now I remember it being called that in Moyniers book.
Posted Jan 18, 2010 12:23 pm
Alex WoodHate to be...

Alex Wood

Voted 10/10

the bearer of bad news, but this peak is already up on SP. http://www.summitpost.org/mountain/rock/456238/Pyramid-Peak-Sherwin-Peak-.html

Maybe you can talk to Preston about it and combine your pages somehow.

Nice Page though!
Posted Jan 18, 2010 3:43 pm
NoonduelerRe: Hate to be...


Hasn't voted

Well yes, I see that. Do you know Preston? He hasn't been active on SP for a month or 2. I'm getting climbers logging in etc. so I'm gonna leave it up and send him a pm or an email and see what he wants to do. It would be ashame to have to dump it but whatever!
Posted Jan 18, 2010 8:38 pm
Alex WoodRe: Hate to be...

Alex Wood

Voted 10/10

I know him somewhat just from talking on SP. We were going to climbing at one point but things just didn't work out. Yeah I was looking at that. I don't know where he went. I would defiantly not delete your page for awhile. Just send him a few emails and if he doesn't respond you can probably just tell the elves about it. Once again, you have some amazing photos on the page.
Posted Jan 18, 2010 8:51 pm
NoonduelerRe: Hate to be...


Hasn't voted

Thanks again Alex. You just posted some fine shots from the San Francisco Peaks.
Posted Jan 19, 2010 1:48 am
Alex WoodRe: Hate to be...

Alex Wood

Voted 10/10

No problem! And thank you! I have alot more that you will see come up in the next few days.
Posted Jan 19, 2010 1:29 pm

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