The SE Ridge is a moderate route, but has some steeper exposed sections up high. It starts with a mildy annoying foray through some Slide Alder, which fairly quickly opens up onto the broad Southeastern shoulder of the mountain. The bottom part is rolling, with some short mildly steeper sections that bench out, as it slowly starts forming into the SE Ridge proper. The bottom 2/3 of the route is broad, with little exposure. The upper 1/3 steepens and becomes a fairly broad ridge, with some exposure. The upper 1/3 of the route is fun, asthetic ridge climbing with increasingly breathtaking views.
From the town of Kodiak, you drive 5 miles on Rezanof Dr. W, to Anton Larsen Bay Rd. (on the right, just before you reach the airport. Turn right onto Anton Larsen Bay R. and then drive 3.2 miles until you reach the Bear Valley Golf Course on your right and there is a large gravel parking area directly across the street, on your left. You can park here and then start up on the far leftmost edge of the golf course (eastern edge). There is also another trailhead (Pyramid Mountain Trail) 2 1/4 miles past the golf course, on your right. This is the popular, well establised hiking trail that ascends the western face of the peak.
SE Ridge of Pyramid Mountain
Beware of bears on the approach for this climb. You will pass a sign after you turn onto Anton Larsen Bay Rd. that says "Bear Valley"..... pretty self explainatory....
Winter and spring offer the best times for mountaineering, with the mountain covered in snow and ice. Summer and fall are good for hiking the peak.