Midnight-to-midnight parking permit. This sporty 4.5hr ascent offered about 1,000' gain every hour. Also, the short descent pairs well with plans maybe for another peak? a roundtrip rental bike? a late lunch in town? Various routes across amphitheater, then 1000' of loose couloir up to the ridge where the goats roam freely. Fun & negotiable cliff bands and a solid green zebra wall to the top of the pyramid! Light rain showers dampening the red rotten rock but manageable in dry September conditions.
Had to wait out the weather for about 90 minutes at the top of the gully. Finally got enough visibility to proceed. Route finding and difficulty of this one was a little easier than expected.
With Michael and Ling
Fun but loose scramble with spectacular views of the Bells
#1 6-29-18 W/ Yadahzoemtn & Ling. Beautiful weather, light breezes and ad hoc climbing partners aka mountain goats made for a long but rewarding day. Route finding the final 1000' was at times complicated even though there were cairns. But I would not go so far to describe the upper route as "well cairned."
Climbed solo 6-30-18, loose peak with some difficult route finding
7/18/16 w/Cory Martin
07/2015 w/Cory Martin
Start around 5:15AM. Perfect weather for the trip. The snow field in the amphitheater helps with avoiding the talus. Saw five mountain goats. Two of them followed us from about 11,000ft to 13,300ft. Bring a helmet, enjoy the views. Back at trailhead around 12:45PM.
All of the mountains are eroding as gravity strips rocks from them, but Pyramid Peak was one of the most actively eroding I have climbed. Every few minutes I heard a rock bouncing against the mountainside and exploding at the bottom. Wear a helmet for sure. The summit is narrow with steep exposure on two sides. The rockfall can be a little nerve-racking for the recreational climber. My friend and I made it in about 4 hours and I wasn't in good shape. The scenery is so spectacular, you can blindly point camera and take a good photograph. Happy Trails.
Attempted Pyramid Peak with my friends Don an Mark. We started at 5:30am and if we had started at 3am, we would have summited. We turned back at the saddle at 1pm because of the risk of T-storms. We did have a neat experience seeing mountain goats up close and I also saw a pine marten. It was a great hike even though we did not summit. One day I hope to return and summit this wonderful mountain.
Really great peak.
Excellent mountain but the scree approach is a pain in the butt.
..that this route probably is 3+ when you hook up all of the easiest combinations of routes spread above the gully above the green col. But if you don't, you will find yourself on ledgy, sandy, "what feels like class 4+" loose rock. Cairns abound. The smaller the hastily constructed cairn, the less confident you should be in following it. Near the end of the ascent, maybe 200 feet below the summit, I went way out right onto the ridge proper and gaped at the 1000+ feet of air beneath. But the holds are all there. One would pass through heaven on their way down if you fell. On the descent right at the top we walked back on the ridge then skiers right aiming for a gully-ish wide col which was less exposed but felt more sketchy. Lots of curious goats and kids.
The plan was to get a late afternoon start to hike up to Crater Lake, but Kim got stuck at work late and we (Kimberly, Shaylee, Kessler and I) didn’t leave the trailhead until after 8 pm. We hurried to the lake with our backpacks and arrived in a pretty quick 45 minutes. It took a while to find an empty campsite and we set up camp in the dark.
We me Kevin, his 15 year old son Tristen and his 13 year old Chance who was camped next to us. He knew Kessler and expressed his interest in joining us, so we agreed to do a joint climb of Pyramid in the morning.
Kim and Shaylee stayed behind at the lake, while Kessler and I headed from Crater Lake shortly after 6:30 AM. Once we started up the steep slope we saw the others below and waited for them to catch up. Kessler and Chance were the speedy climbers of the bunch and they had to wait for the rest of us several times. After crossing a few snowfields, we we climbed up to the saddle where I told Kessler to wait for us (they beat us by 25 minutes).
Kessler, Chance and I made the rest of the climb to Pyramid. We were ahead while Tristan and Kevin took up the rear. The route up to Pyramid had some fun exposed scrambles, but was easier than expected, especially the route-finding part. We got off route a little once, but other than that the route was pretty obvious and easy to find.
We found ourselves at the top in just under 4.5 hours of climbing. After a long lunch to wait for the others we headed back down. At the saddle, Kessler and Chance went on ahead and beat us to the lake by 45 minutes. We then bid farewell to the others before packing up camp and heading back down to the trailhead.
It was a great climb and with perfect weather.
Hardest one I've done. Turned into an interesting day. Summit after being away 26hrs. Gonna make a trip report
Made a winter attempt on this yesterday with Derek via the NW ridge. Burly ski approach followed by relentless slog up to the start of the ridge. Class 4 step was interesting with snow + 35 mph cold winds. Made it to 150 ft of summit, but turned back due to sketch Avy slopes that would have to have been crossed. Alas, like most summits, not worth dying for. But still a great and burly outing, clocking in at about 17 hours car-to-car from the Lazy T ranch winter closer on Maroon Road.
Yeah this is a steep one... I'd put it at class 3+ though. Rotten rock, but most exposure can be avoided with some solid routefinding. Another long boulder field - I'm not a fan of these.. BIG storm moved in right when I reached the truck. Many lightnings.. Hiked later than most, and had the summit to myself (well, except for the two stoic mountain goats, who were obviously in charge.) Wow, it's hard to beat the Elks in fall for that magical beauty. Some of the most beautiful fall foliage on Earth, no doubt. Well worth the 7.5 hour round trip from Boulder!