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


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!


"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!


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!


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!


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


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


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!


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

trekrbearRoute Climbed: Rocky Canyon/SE Ridge Date Climbed: October 28, 2003  Sucess!
This was the steepest three mile hike I've done but well worth it. Great Fall colors. Saw no one on trail or summit during the day.
Posted Nov 8, 2003 5:50 pm

TDRobertsRoute Climbed: Rocky Creek Date Climbed: June 03  Sucess!


Great spring day. Snow level about 2/3 up route. Only challenge was doing this late on a sunny day and then trying to cross Rocky Creek while stayting dry.
Posted Oct 20, 2003 8:28 am

earthchicRoute Climbed: Rocky Canyon Date Climbed: March, 2 2003  Sucess!


First winter ascent of a mountain. Descending on snowshoes/sled was quick and fun.
Posted Sep 5, 2003 2:40 pm

chskierRoute Climbed: Rocky Creek Date Climbed: August 24, 2003  Sucess!


Enjoyed mild temps and great views. No bugs at all. Great day hike.
Posted Aug 25, 2003 11:12 pm

steelemanRoute Climbed: Horsetail Falls to North Face Date Climbed: June 14, 2003  Sucess!


Some late season skiing above Pyramid Lake (in the bowl between Pyramid and Aaron's - Pk 9,686'). We scrambled up the talus blocks above snowline on the north face to the summit. Click here for trip report and photos.
Posted Aug 17, 2003 5:13 pm

steelemanRoute Climbed: SE Ridge from Rocky Canyon Date Climbed: August 2002  Sucess!


Photos from this trip can be linked to from the Pyramid trip reports page.
Posted Aug 17, 2003 5:11 pm

steelemanRoute Climbed: West Ridge from Lake Sylvia Date Climbed: August 1992  Sucess!


My first summit in the Tahoe area, shortly after I moved to the Bay Area to start law school. Needless to say, I got hooked on bagging peaks in northern california :-)
Posted Aug 17, 2003 5:10 pm

derbillyRoute Climbed: Rocky Canyon Date Climbed: May 18, 2003  Sucess!


We reached the summit around 3PM. Met another snowshoer coming up from the Horsetail Falls trailhed. Still lots of snow above 7000'.
Posted May 20, 2003 1:44 pm

Matthew HollimanRoute Climbed: Rocky Canyon Date Climbed: May 18, 2003; Apr 17, 2004  Sucess!

Matthew Holliman

There must have been close to a dozen people up on the summit when I was up there the first time--snowshoers, skiers, snowboarders... The next time, I climbed the peak amidst low cloud cover and snow showers, with about 50ft of visibility at the summit. There was no one else up there that time.

Posted May 18, 2003 10:51 am

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