I hiked up to this great summit a few times when I lived in the Auburn area in the early 90's. It was my favorite peak in the Tahoe area, a fun hike and an amazing view.
Fun hike -- I will definitely be doing this again this winter!
Up from Sylvia to Pyramid then along the ridge connecting Pyramid - Agassiz - Price. From Price down to Lyons Lake and then back to Sylvia. Way fun adventure of a ridge with overhangs, peaklets, knobs, pine labrynths, and views to absorb. Good times with J.A.
last peak during the "desolation traverse" from Bayview TH at Emerald Bay. Via north ridge from Agassiz Pk.
First time up it was a great (scary) hike. not easy for a novice hiker like myself. Wish I wore pants and gaiters. People weren't kidding when they said there wasn't a real trail past Lake Sylvia. Lucky we met up with a great bunch of hikers from placerville that led the way and knew what they were doing.
My third trip, this time brought the girlfriend and some snowshoes via Lyons Creek trail and stayed at Lk. Sylvia as in previous 2 trips. Saw some disturbing 'not young or fit' skinny dippers in the a.m. as well as a CHP helo rescue on the western ridge. We scrambled up the North-Western face instead of the ridge route; better meadows north of Lake Sylvia.
When did this and Dicks turn into tourist routes?
20 people on the summit, no less than 4 yakking on cell phones.
Hazy summer day.
Pics are here.
Clear sky's and cool weather made for a great day. We could see the coastal range, Hyland Peak and Mt. Rose. On the way down we gave a toast to the mountain with our new friends Gino (the sore looser football fan) and his team of ageless wonders who had also made the summit.
Dayhike from Glen Alpine TH. After climbing Mt. Tallac traversed the ridge to Dicks Pk. Continued on to Jacks Pk and then Pyramid Pk before returning to the car which made for a very long day in a great area which I hadn't visited yet.
My first trip up. I went up with my buddy PJ. Great views on a beautiful day. We could see as far north as Mount Lola and as far south as Sonora Peak. This was a fun climb. I think next time I will go up from Rocky Canyon.
Cloudy day, but no precipitation. At least this time I could see from the summit.
Third time up Pyramid. A fun day of snowshoeing from Wrights Lake Rd. Trip Report
summit register placed 1/10/2009
It's a fun ski - SouthEast Ridge.....
as it is close by its must-do every few years.
A beautiful peak in a beautiful area. Ran into hardly any snow and had unbelievable views from the top in all directions. This would be a sick ski when there's tons of snow on the ground.
Parked at the turnout just beyond the point where the creek crosses the road. The trail was about 100 yards east along hwy 50 on the east side of the creek and was very easy to follow the whole way to the summit. The views of the surrounding area are great.
Started the hike by taking the ferry around 9:30 AM. The approach to Lake of the Woods didn't feel too long. Don't underestimate the cross country portion through Desolation Valley, we sure did. Lots of route finding, dead ends, ups and downs, sides to sides, steep, toe crunching granite, and bouldering. The climb up the east wall above Pyramid Lake wasn't bad. We intended to curve around the peak and use the South slope to summit, but we climbed too high and ended up bouldering across and up the class 3 southeast face. By the time we made it to the south slope we were pretty much at the top. It felt pretty expose but the rocks were big enough that I felt safe, albeit full of adrenaline. If you like bouldering, go for it. It was 3:15pm by the time we left the summit, and we used our intended route back. Getting back to the trail took a long time, we missed the ferry back, and we made it back to the car at 9:30 pm with no headlamps and no moon (I used my iPhone's screen to illuminate the trail). Quite an adventure.
With JB and the late great TW. Miss you buddy.
With K and the dog. Via Horsetail Falls and "the Lakes". Camped around 9000 feet on a shelf above Pyramid Lake. Then direct up the EAst face and down the Southeast ridge. Either route is a fairly straight forward boulder hop.
I was unable to find a summit register.
Mark, Kurt and I departed the car at 7:00 pm. Near full moon. We made the summit at 11:30 pm. Departed the summit at midnite. Back to the car at 3:30 am. Very fun, especially at night. We did see some of Desolation illuminated by the light of the moon, but most of the time it was clouded over.