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Trail DogRoute Climbed: Rocky Canyon Date Climbed: October 2, 2005  Sucess!
Nice hike. Cloudy day though. The summit was engulfed in clouds within minutes of my arrival. Luckily I got a few pictures before my view was obscured. Cold and windy on the ridge.
Posted Oct 4, 2005 6:12 pm

ClimbingJunkieRoute Climbed: West Ridge from Lake Sylvia Date Climbed: September 7 2005  Sucess!

ClimbingJunkie

Wow what a butt kicker!! 2000 feet of elevation gain in less then a mile once you reach the lake!! Great views, will do it again at least twice this season!!

SECOND ASCENT: September 21,2005. Climbed from Lake Sylvia again but this time combined with a traverse to Agassiz and Price. Great Day.
Posted Sep 7, 2005 10:59 pm

davis13Route Climbed: East Face Date Climbed: August 2001  Sucess!

davis13

Climbed the east face from Horsetail falls in August. Found my way up the coliour and scrambled around to the south ridge. Big mistake was that I didn't take enough water and there is no water on the south shoulder in August. Was seriously dehydrated when I got back down to Pyramid Lake and 2 hikers pumped some water for me. Lesson learned....bought a Camel Back and a filter.
Posted Jul 25, 2005 4:04 pm

DunkRoute Climbed: West Ridge Date Climbed: June, 2002  Sucess!

Dunk

Hiked up to Sylvia on a Saturday and spent the afternoon fishing and batting away mosquitos, woke up Sunday and made our way up to the summit. Popped a Heineken at the summit at about noon, watched the Marmots and took in the view.
Posted Jul 23, 2005 8:04 pm

reachmpRoute Climbed: Rocky Canyon/ S.E. Ridge Date Climbed: May 22, 2005  Sucess!

reachmp

In search of snow, now that the ski resorts had all closed, a group consisting of Milind, Ajay, Akshay, Ritwik, Shekhar and Ram ascended this route.

Three of us (Ajay, Milind, Akshay) had our alpine skis and boots in our packs. We started climbing at 5800' where Rocky Canyon meets hwy 50 at 9:51am , and reached the summit at 5:00pm. The heavy skis definitely weighed us down. 4 of us (Ritwik the only one without skis) summitted, and then Ajay, Akshay and Milind skied down reversing our ascent, all the way to about 7800ft, where we took skis off to cross Rocky Canyon, and packed them the rest of the way down. We started skking at 5:30pm, and reached the hwy again at 7:45pm. Wih approx 4100 ft of ascent, this is a strenuous hike up, especially if you carry alpine ski gear!
Posted May 30, 2005 10:26 pm

danman3156Route Climbed: SE Ridge Date Climbed: April 10 2005  Sucess!

danman3156

We snowshoed up and set up camp below the mountain around 8800'. Summited early and booked in back to the car. Next time I go back I will ski down.
Posted Apr 18, 2005 12:48 pm

neocrashRoute Climbed: southeast ridge Date Climbed: 2 Apr 2005

neocrash

Much harder in the winter, though if we had enough time, we would have made it to the tip top. none-the-less, it was still amazing being up there with all the snow.
Posted Apr 9, 2005 12:01 am

Eric LRoute Climbed: Up Horsetail Falls/ Down Rocky Canyon Date Climbed: 19 Februrary 2005  Sucess!

Eric L

I made this climb with my friends Ted,Rick, and Andrew. We got hit with a storm about 1,000 feet from the summit so we made the summit in complete white out conditions. I used snow shoes for the approach and crampons and ice axe for the last 500 ft which was windblown ice along the ridge line. It was a lot fun but no views due to the storm.
Posted Feb 20, 2005 9:33 pm

labangRoute Climbed: Rocky Canyon Date Climbed: October 10th, 2004  Sucess!

labang

Nice hike all the way from Highway 50 to the summit and back. Lake Aloha had very little water in it.
Posted Oct 11, 2004 2:43 am

stoneman5Route Climbed: Ridge from Route 50 Date Climbed: March 2002  Sucess!

stoneman5

Did this as an overnight for the fun of sleeping in the snow. Had perfect corn for an hour in the morning from the top.
Posted Sep 13, 2004 7:42 pm

josephgdawsonRoute Climbed: Rocky Canyon/SE Ridge Date Climbed: August 21, 2004  Sucess!

josephgdawson

"Bag it, tag it, sell it to the butcher in the store."
Posted Aug 27, 2004 4:02 am

tahoeberneRoute Climbed: All noted routes and from east escarpment from Lake Aloha Date Climbed: Almost every year from 1980 to the present  Sucess!

tahoeberne

I was obsessed with hiking Pyramid Peak for a couple of summers, climbing it regularly three or four times a week during my three months off from teaching. I snowshoed it numerous times in the winter too. Sometimes I would find moutaineer skiers at its summit tackling its steep slopes. My favorite route is the little used Rocky Canyon trail. It is a no-nonsense trail that gives you the shortest distance and the greatest elevation gain. I frequently took friends up this route. I basically hiked it as a routine aerobic workout, and living in Lake Tahoe, the trailhead was less than a half hour drive. It has one of the best views of the Desolation Wilderness and the western slope. Over the past twenty-four years I must have seen its summit over a hundred times.
Posted Aug 13, 2004 10:22 pm

SamanthaRoute Climbed: Rocky Canyon/SE Ridge Date Climbed: June 20  Sucess!

Samantha

This climb was much more enjoyable the second time because I found the trail 100 feet east of the creek. Thanks SP.
Posted Jun 21, 2004 12:59 pm

JonodoRoute Climbed: West Ridge (Lake Sylvia) Date Climbed: June 19, 2004  Sucess!

Jonodo

We left the car at about 9:00 am and were on the summit by noon. The day was clear and warm. I loved the view of Lake Aloha. We ascended the chute to the south of Lake Sylvia, of which the lower part was still snow covered. On the descent we were able to find a little class 3 climbing to the southeast of Sylvia. These day hikes coming from sea level are getting to me. I was sucking wind, but we made it. I saw one of the strangest things I've come accross in the Sierra. An old dude, wearing only OP shorts, leading four goats (carrying his pack). The wierdest part was that he had no shoes on. Completely barefoot, and 3-4 miles from the trailhead!
Posted Jun 20, 2004 12:09 pm

brianhughesRoute Climbed: from Lyons Creek Trailhead Date Climbed: June 6th, 2004

brianhughes

I thought I could make this trip in one afternoon from the Lyons Creek Trailhead, but I was still a few hundred yards short of the summit at turnaround time. I got back to the truck at 9:00pm, just as the last glimmers of daylight disappeared. Anyway, it was a beautiful clear day, and the trailhead parking lot was already full by the time I arrived. The Lyons Creek trail is an easy 4.6-mile walk up to Lake Sylvia. Lyons Creek is never too far from the trail, and the gentle roar of the spring runoff provided the perfect background music. The last half-mile or so below Lake Sylvia was an obstacle course of swampy ground, snowdrifts, and tricky creek crossings. Lake Sylvia was beautiful, with ice still floating on the surface.
Posted Jun 7, 2004 12:24 pm

FelsbergRoute Climbed: Rocky Canyon Date Climbed: May 1, 2004

Felsberg

the descent saw some pretty extreme sledding: PICS
Posted May 2, 2004 10:25 pm

balajisvRoute Climbed: SE ridge from Strawberry/TwinBridges off US50 Date Climbed: march 27 2004  Sucess!

balajisv

Nice snow hike. Amazing views of the desolation wilderness.
Posted Mar 31, 2004 3:41 pm

Bob BurdRoute Climbed: SE Ridge from Twin Bridges Date Climbed: March 15, 2004  Sucess!

Bob Burd

A very pleasant hike in spring-like conditions. Trip Report
Posted Mar 23, 2004 1:02 am

ed jamesRoute Climbed: Rocky Canyon Date Climbed: July 20,2003  Sucess!

ed james

This was my second ascent in 2003. The first ascent was from the Horsetail Falls trailhead. This route is shorter but it is still a good workout.
Posted Feb 28, 2004 4:25 pm

Dave DinnellRoute Climbed: Rocky Canyon/SE Ridge Date Climbed: January 7, 1987  Sucess!

Dave Dinnell

A mild winter ascent! Stashed snowshoes at tree-line. Hiked hard pack on up to the summit. We carried plastic garbage bags up and, on the way down, climbed in for some wicked descending fun (more like "death burritos"). Clear winter days make for incredible vistas.
Posted Jan 8, 2004 2:02 am

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