My third ascent to Mt Price - this time via the impressive North Ridge, one of the best scrambles in Desolation Wilderness. From the pass between Little Pyramid and Mt Price I climbed straight up the ridge to the second gendarme. I tried to stay rather high but ended up in difficult terrain and had to climb back to the notch between the first and second gendarme. I descended approx 100' to the base of the gendarme and traversed without any difficulties. From that point on I stayed on the ridge with mostly solid class 3 scrambling. The final pitch to the summit requires some routefinding to keep things easy.
Day 3. Woke up overlooking lake Aloha from the north. We packed up and started side-hilling directly to Mosquito Pass, which more or less worked out. Once down we immediately started up the 'slabs of insanity', a route found on summitpost. While very fun, I wouldn't call it insane. We forced class 3 when we could, and found a couple tough moves on the beginning of the route because we were reluctant to find the easy way up. All in all, we were nearing Mount Price before I expected. I had looked up some beta on how to access the summit but only remembered half of it. We were intent on making as direct a route as possible, so we did encounter some tougher class 3 near the top. After summiting we hiked over to the next peak, Mount Agassiz which is on no lists but has a very impressive summit block. Lunched up top and could see clouds forming in the distance to the south again. We still had to traverse over to Pyramid, encounter some 'class 4' moves at the saddle, then climb the worst talus slope of this trip. We were tired, but it wasn't long before we were atop Pyramid, hearing the become more frequent. We started hearing static electricity coming from our shoes while standing on rocky areas up top, something I've never even heard about. Needless to say we skipped our snacks and ran down the boulders as safely as we could to find the trail at long last. It was an easy going 3.5 miles back to 50 and a half mile or so up to our car. A very successful weekend traversing from Tallac, Dicks, & Jacks the two days prior.
Mt Price and Mt Agassiz via Lyons Creek Trailhead and Lyons Lake. We were on the trail by 10:30 and made it to Lyons lake by 12:30 (with a number of stops to talk with other hikers along the way). Around 1:50, after eating lunch and making camp, we continued our hike by wrapping around the West side of the lake and then following the creek to the upper part of the valley. We made it to the summit of Mt Price by 3pm and then traversed back down to the upper plateau and across to the summit of Mt Agassiz by 4pm. Party of 2. 7 miles and 3 hour 10 minutes to the summit (excluding our lunch break) of Mt Price. Another 30 minutes of hiking to make our way across to Mt Agassiz. Weather was sunny with no cloud coverage but mild winds kept the temperature from being overly hot. The trail up to Lyons Lake is well shaded. 3,275 ft elevation gain to summit of Mt. Price and probably another 250 ft for Mt Agassiz. We were able to do a bit of glacading on the way back down to Lyons Lake.
Long hike in from Echo Lakes with a late start. Practically jogged the PCT up to the pass between Echo and Aloha. Very enjoyable romp up the slabs from Mosquito Pass. Hit the ridge perhaps a bit early and found 3rd class staying on it. Solid rock, so fun scrambling. Could have easily gone at Class 2 by staying lower on the west side. Weather was cool and calm. Lake Aloha is really something...
pyramid to price
Nice day hike with great views over Lake Aloha.
Also climbed Agassiz.
Returned in 2010 and repeated with Todd.
I did the long walk in from the Lyons Lake trailhead to Lyons Lake. From the lake I climbed in a North West direction up to the pass on the west ridge at around 9000' - overlooking Smith Lake to the north. I then followed the west ridge, crossing the narrow section above big corner cliffs - small sections of steep snow traversing needed on the north side of the ridge.
The summit was cold and windy, requiring all available clothes to stay warm. I descended directly down snow slopes to Lyon Lake and ten out to the TH.
I think this is a 19 miles trek with 3200' of ascent. The round trip took me 10 hours. As it was a Monday I did not see another individual all day.
Overall this was an excellent day, forest changing to glacial hillsides, lakes and then some cat 2/3 scrambling to reach the summit. Extensive views in all directions.
Pyramid, Aggasiz, and Price.
Started at Lyons Creek Trailhead. I ran the gentle uphill for the first 4.5 miles of the trail before hitting Sylvia Lake. At Sylvia Lake look straight across the far side of the lake for the only major notch in the ridge about 800 feet above you. Head around Sylvia Lake to the left and start heading straight up on rock slabs and talus. A faint trail appears when you are nearly at the top of the notch. When you reach the top of the notch the view opens up and Pyramid can be seen ahead and to the left. The trail seems to stop and start as you head directly towards the false summit below the peak. Once you reach the false summit the true peak comes into view directly ahead of you.
Head down the northeast (backside of Pyramid Peak) and stay on the north side of the ridge. This is slow going, heading across the talus on this sloping traverse staying below the ridge. Pass under the first major highpoint on the ridge and shoot for a notch before the second highpoint. It is doable class 3 scrambling to get up to this notch. From the notch the long traverse to Aggasiz is in full view. Stay on the west side (left if heading from Pyramid to Aggasiz) of the ridge. Although not difficult this is a slow traverse and will likely take some patience. When approaching the summit of Aggasiz head towards the notch to the left of the summit, then go left. Although one can pull themselves up to the summit block on the south side, the north side provides for a bit easier access in getting up to the awesome summit.
The traverse from Aggasiz to Price is simple and in front of you. After the Pyramid-Aggasiz traverse the ease of the Aggasiz-Price traverse is a welcomed sight! After heading down Mount Price you can shoot down into either of the two basins south of the summit. Both will lead you down to Lyons Lake which will become visible after descending further down in the basin. Stay to the west side of Lyons Lake where you will pick up a trail leading you down to the junction with the Lyons Creek trail. After another 4.5 miles down the Lyon’s Creek Trail you finally arrive at the Lyon’s Creek Trailhead. I ran the first 4.5 and last 4.5 miles of this 14 mile loop which took me 7 hours.
As part of a loop doing Pyramid, Agassiz, and Price from Lyons Creek TH.
Continuing Pyramid to Tallac traverse. A bit tricky finding the way down the NE side. Trip report.
7:40 am start...and a very cool 31 degrees... We hiked from the Lyon's Trailhead to Mt Price/Agassiz Peak (from Highway 50....go 4 miles up Wright's Lake Road and you will see a turn off sign and parking area for Lyon's Trailhead). This hike starts off fairly easy for the first 5 miles or so at which point you merge trails at the sign for Sylvia's Lake or Lyon's Lake....you head left to Lyon's Lake maybe another 1 mile or so...again fairly easy. This is where the trail ends and you are left to climb up the slab rock, boulders and scree to the top....pretty difficult but probably only another mile to the top. We decided to then head over to Agassiz Peak....a very enticing and interesting looking peak which is fairly close...maybe another 1/2 mile....not very difficult at all. From here Pyramid Peak looms large to the southeast. We decided to go for it.....it is probably less than 2 miles away...but the going is very difficult....thru huge refrigerator sized boulders/scree and very slow going.....after about 1 mile and over an hour....we decided the north face ascent was doable but looking very difficult (especially for the descent down) ....however... given the miles we had already put in and not wanting to finish up the 6+ miles in the dark....we decided to save Pyramid Peak for another day and a different approach...probably from the south or east side of Pyramid (Rocky Creek approach). We hiked from where we stopped about 700 feet below Pyramid Peak (just above a small lake).... and headed down a pretty difficult boulder/scree descent to Sylvia Lake....from here it was about 6 miles back on a nice easy trail and to the car. A very tough day of hiking and one of the more difficult in the Tahoe Basin if you are trying to get all 3 peaks from this route. If we had been content to just do Mount Price and Agassiz the day would have only been moderately difficult. Be prepared if taking the route from Agassiz to Pyramid as it is unforgiving and challenging. Just remember....no trails from Sylvia Lake or Lyon's Lake to any of these peaks!! The views from Mt Price and Agassiz Peak are really quite spectacular...even if you can't see Lake Tahoe!
Mt Price turned out to be much more exciting than I imagined. Fantastic views, much better than from Pyramid. So far my favorite peak in the Desolation area.
Traversed the Price and Agassiz ridge - trip report here:
Done with Agassiz and pyramid for a range traverse. Good scrambling on ridge!
did a fun 2nd/3rd ridge from the north
Walked in from Rock Bound Pass Trail Head at Wright's Lake. There is almost a trail to the ridge top on the right of the headwall. We went up the left. It was fun class 3 with a little exposure then usual scree walk to the top. Out through Island Lake. Lovely fall wild flowers. No people until we dropped to Twin Lakes. With Lassie Hammock.
Traditional fall walk up Mt Price by Bruce and Lassie for 40th wedding anniversary. Easy walk from Lyon's lake trail parking lot via Lyon's Lake. Coyote, lots of grouse, huge red pompoms on buckwheat at about 9,000 feet. Perfect weather, no mosquitoes, no people.
With Agassiz. Much less windy! A bit of snow still around.
Basically a bump along the ridge but nice views. From Lyons Lake TH.