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
should of had my skis
Hiked to the top and skied down. A blast!
Great climb up the east face via Horsetail Falls.
I did this hike/climb august/2010 as well as december/2011. The most recent trip to the top, had minimal snow and some ice, but most of the trail was clear and easy to follow. The last 800 feet of rock was pretty much clear. It was quite a workout, but always worth it. Both times i took rocky canyon.
Following the unusual lack of snow in Tahoe, Ben and I did a summer-conditions ascent of Pyramid via the SE ridge on New Years. Great hike, weather, and views, brought me back in touch with my Sierra roots.
My first outing with Bay Area Mountaineers. The original plan was to snowshoe Ralston but there was little snow so we went up Pyramid instead, via Rocky Creek. 14 people. Bright sun, clear air, fabulous views.
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.
From Lyons Creek TH.
Scramble from Pyramid Creek via modified route on East Face, north of the couloir and Gefo Lake. Fun!
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.
fun dayhike after climbing at the leap
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.
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.
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.
Chad, yer a beast.
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.
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.