Pyramid Peak Climber's Log

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bfalck1 - Nov 25, 2011 2:51 am Date Climbed: Nov 22, 2011

From Lyons Creek Trailhead

Nov. 22 to Nov. 23, 2011. Our group of four planned to climb Pyramid Peak. We started at the Lyons Creek trail head. Wrights Road, which leads to the trail head from Highway 50 is paved but has grades which require an all wheel drive or 4 wheel drive vehicle when snow is on the road. The trail head has level and ample room to park at. The first half mile of the trail is fairly level and the rest of the trail leading to Sylvia Lake has a consistent grade from 6700 ft. to 8060 ft. We hiked when the trail had 12 to 18 inches of snow. The trail was barely visible most of the time. Look for the ends of cut trees that have been cleared as trail markers. Due to getting off course several times, it took us five hours to reach just below Sylvia Lake; carrying 30 lb. packs, 4.7 miles. The temperature was between the upper 20s to low 30s, very light wind and clear sky. Since the going was slow the first day, we decided not to try for the summit the second day and returned to the trail head in 2.5 hours.

mengbo

mengbo - Oct 2, 2011 12:50 am Date Climbed: Sep 24, 2011

Day Hike  Sucess!

From Lyons Creek TH.

MarekB

MarekB - Sep 6, 2011 12:49 am Date Climbed: Sep 5, 2011

East Face  Sucess!

Scramble from Pyramid Creek via modified route on East Face, north of the couloir and Gefo Lake. Fun!

srobinson - Jun 29, 2011 6:43 pm Date Climbed: Jul 18, 2010

Bushwack  Sucess!

Either there wasn't a trail or I didn't find it on my way up Rocky Creek. I have never had to do so much bushwacking on a hike before.

Vitaliy M.

Vitaliy M. - Jun 28, 2011 5:24 pm

nice views

fun dayhike after climbing at the leap

dkangas - Jun 18, 2011 11:13 pm Date Climbed: Jun 19, 2011

Mid-June Skiing  Sucess!

Packing skis and boots, from Horsetail Falls, up east face to south ridge, then to the summit. Skied down Rocky Canyon to 50. Snow wet, heavy, slow.

WayneFry

WayneFry - Jun 2, 2011 2:24 am Date Climbed: May 8, 2010

West Ridge  Sucess!

Came in from Rocky creek with SMG and climbed the West Ridge with the intent of climbing the NW Couloir. Traversed over to the Couloir to take a look but ended up reaching summit using another route. Beautiful day and some great views.

SKI

SKI - May 4, 2011 10:30 am Date Climbed: May 3, 2011

Bramble Scramble  Sucess!

Fought through Manzanita hell with skis on the back to get to the 8k mark. Terrible beta suggesting the hill between Rocky Canyon and Horsetail! Still managed to find the giant though. Excellent descent off the East Face but a lot of yo-yoing back to the epic Manzinita nightmare.

ElGreco

ElGreco - Apr 4, 2011 3:37 pm Date Climbed: Apr 3, 2011

Pyramid Couloir  Sucess!

Went up Rocky Canyon, camped out and then traversed round to the west side of the mountain to the couloir. Large snow banks and cornices had formed in the couloir. We avoided the steep (>60deg) snowbank by going around it. I measured the last section of the couloir before topping out at 53deg. Fun climb, and a good workout. The bottom section in the canyon was extremely slow going on the way up with waist deep wet snow, and nerve breaking on the way down falling through when snow bridges over manzanita bushes gave way.

PSchubert

PSchubert - Feb 18, 2011 8:19 pm Date Climbed: Aug 15, 2008

N Ridge Scramble  Sucess!

My brother and I made a nice hike/scramble of the north ridge from our camp site on Lake Aloha. Be careful in the boulder field on the north face, you can easily dislodge a 200 pound rock inadvertently. Our descent on the NE ridge/slope was much easier.

mrchad9

mrchad9 - Feb 13, 2011 4:57 pm Date Climbed: Feb 12, 2011

2x  Sucess!

Headed back to Pyramid via Rocky Creek as part of the day's objective to visit Agassiz and Price. Very windy and below freezing all day. A bit icy on the north side of Pyramid especially. Cloudless and scenic visit.

First trip March 7, 2008
Stayed overnight at the inn in Strawberry, partly to avoid roadside parking issues. Walked up the road a short way to Rocky Creek, and up directly to the summit from there. Tested out a great new pair of snowboots I had, didn't even need crampons the whole way.

SKI

SKI - May 4, 2011 10:26 am

Re: 2x

Chad, yer a beast.

tyler4588

tyler4588 - Oct 16, 2010 9:55 pm Date Climbed: Oct 16, 2010

via Lake Sylvia  Sucess!

We climbed the peak from Lake Sylvia after camping there for the night. Came down the same day. Great peak. Beautiful views. Really cold, though.

CWessels

CWessels - Aug 14, 2010 11:06 pm Date Climbed: Aug 13, 2010

West Couloir  Sucess!

First peak of the day, on a traverse of the "big three" from Lyons. Couloir can be a little sketchy near top. More challenging and fun than the west ridge.

nickL

nickL - Aug 2, 2010 3:10 pm Date Climbed: Jul 2, 2009

West Ridge  Sucess!

The miles seemed to fly by going from the TH to Lake Sylvia cause every time I slowed down I was raped by mosquitos! Nasty scree to climb above the lake, but I made good time to the top. Amazing views toward Lake Aloha! Luckily the wind picked up and knocked the little hell spawns out the sky for the hike back.

David Naylor

David Naylor - Jul 27, 2010 1:43 am Date Climbed: Sep 19, 2009

From Twin Bridges  Sucess!

Started at Twin Bridges trailhead past Horsetail Falls. Great day of hiking...loved the granite!

Marmaduke

Marmaduke - Jul 24, 2010 2:26 pm Date Climbed: Jul 23, 2010

Exhausting  Sucess!

Got a late start and were pressed for time. No rest stops along the way, Lyons Lake Trailhead to summit and back. That last mile is a real test, was for me anyways. Great views. Our plan was to then traverse to Agassiz and return to Layons Lake Trail. But a late start prevented that. Started the hike at 12:45, not enough time for Agassiz today. Another trip along with Price

lukenhampton

lukenhampton - Jun 6, 2010 7:42 pm Date Climbed: Jun 5, 2010

Rocky Creek  Sucess!

Beautiful, sunny and very windy on the summit.

Darren9

Darren9 - May 9, 2010 10:04 pm Date Climbed: May 9, 2010

West Ridge traverse  Sucess!

Climbed the West Ridge with the Sierra Mountaineering Group. Came in from Rocky Creek. Great mountain with an impressive north side.

winemanvan

winemanvan - Mar 16, 2010 10:13 am Date Climbed: Jan 5, 1979

Hiked, skied and slept  Sucess!

This area was kind of like my backyard growing up. I've climbed Pyramid many many times. With a daypack, a full pack and slept in the rock shelter a few times. Once we were buzzed by a fighter jet. He flew so close we made eye contact, which elicited many "whoa dudes!" My friend and I skied to the top in Jan 1979, and it was wonderful. It's a great peak(and area)for beginners.

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