Great workout! Nice to have this one.
From Twin Bridges TH
Climbed the rocky canyon route, trail was in much better condition than I thought it might be. Great day with beautiful views and clear skies. Minimal snow
Beautiful day for a day hike up from Horsetail Falls.
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. This route took me 7 hours, however I ran the first 4.5 and last 4.5 miles of the 14 mile loop.
Swam in Lake Sylvia too..
Loved the views of Aloha Lake from here. Traversed over to Mt. Agassiz and Mt. Price afterwards.
Walked across part of frozen Lake Aloha to get there at the start of a loop. Nice views. Trip report.
Solo in dry winter conditions. Only one on top and a hell of a view with the winter air. Up the Lyon's Creek drainage. Bringing snowshoes next time...
Day trip with the Bay Area Mountaineers. Snow above 7500ft. Experienced a little post-holing but not enough for me to take the time to put on snow shoes (a couple others in our group did). Very windy up top.
Many times up here via Rocky and Lions/Sylvia
lmost exactly one year from my first visit - once again up Rocky Creek, this time with my brother, snowshoes needed above 6700 feet to the top. There would have been no tracks to follow except a husband/wife team went up a couple hours before us except they made a wrong turn after crossing the creek and wound up too close to the eastern face and the steep snow, we had to correct the route and loop back, so anyone who goes up before the next snows may want to leave our tracks shortly after the creek crossing to cut down on the distance. Trip report is HERE
One of my favorite childhood climbs
Climbed Pyramid creek route up and Rocky canyon route down. Lots of smoke from the Rim fire on this day. There is a $5 fee for trailhead parking at the Pyramid creek trailhead and self issue permits are available along the trail about 3/4 mile when you reach the wilderness boundary
July 2011, still almost total snow coverage for about 2,500'! What a snow year that was... Killer glissading on the return.
and from here down the spine to the end of the desolation
Done as the traverse of High Crystal Range with Price, Agassiz, and Pyramid, very nice 4th class ridge. Spectacular views!
then dropped across Aloha and back up Ralston. Really fun!
Many moons ago now. With group of 4 high school buddies. Plenty of snow, but a shorts and t-shirt kind of day. Sunny, calm until the summit, and excellent views.
Hiked and snowshoed up to the top and back down the Rocky Canyon route, took 4 hours up and 2 1/2 hours down. Extremely windy on the last 500 feet to the top but otherwise a picture perfect day. Used crampons only near the bottom of the descent as teh warm weather resulted in some tricky ice near the creek. Trip report is at http://www.mountainhiker.org/trip_report.aspx?id=81