Glisading down was sweet!
Easy to follow trail up to the peak, easy 1/2 day hike. 2.5 hrs from base to summit. Last day before the snow falls. Reno Hangover crew!
Didn't expect so many people up there this late in the season. This was probably my last chance for a trip before the snow sets in and I'd been wanting to go up Pyramid for a while. It was quite windy early in the day, though the wind decreased drastically shortly after I hit the summit. Definitely a brutal elevation gain, but this "use trail" was better than a lot of "official trails".
This was my 7X up this steep mountain. Perfect day with virtually no wind at the top. Excellent views in every direction.
Great hike on a beautiful day. Fantastic views of the Desolation Wilderness.
This peak was teasing me, as I could see it from my workplace as a snowboard instructor at Sierra every day. Finally, I got some people who knew the trail and wanted to ride. The top of this hill is a great descent on a snowboard, with a lot of snow there is everywhere to go!!
Whew. This was the 5th peak of a long day. (See Desolation Range Traverse TR).
My first class 2 - it made me feel like a little billy goat... y'know if billy goats spent time hugging rocks and looking generally shaky and unstable ;)
Dayhike from Lyons Creek trailhead. I somehow missed the saddle and accidentally climbed the "peaklet" that rises above Lake Sylvia. I returned via the saddle. Although the detour wasted time, this route was considerably more fun than the loose slog from the saddle.
Approached through Horsetail Falls and climbed East Ridge with little brother. Didn't expect substantial snow still on the mountain, but was welcome. Downclimbed the South Slope because we didn't have ice axes to glisade down the north slope snow fields. To the couple with the dog....Thanks for the chocolate.
Climbed the SE ridge via Rocky Canyon. Awesome views up top on a clear day. The elevation gain over such a short distance was tough.
This was a fun climb; we were on snow most of the way. Lot's of vertical over a short distance. Climbed with my buddy Brian.
Climbed from Horsetail Falls as part of a weekend backpacking trip into Desloation.
I used to hike Pyramid fairly often when I was a kid, spending summers at Echo Lake with my grandparents. Pyramid hikes were always hilights of the summer: me, grandpa and our little bichon frise. A lot of peak baggers looked kinda disappointed to top out and find a 70 year old man, a 7 year old kid, and a puffy white marshmallow dog on the summit!
Wow what a butt kicker!! 2000 feet of elevation gain in less then a mile once you reach the lake!! Great views, will do it again at least twice this season!!
SECOND ASCENT: September 21,2005. Climbed from Lake Sylvia again but this time combined with a traverse to Agassiz and Price. Great Day.
Got off route and had to do a bit of bushwacking.
Climbed with my favorite climbing partner Chris and my wife Robin. Great views, long talus slog
A perfect outing, we had the whole area to ourselves. A little extra snowshoeing on Hwy 4, but the summit was worth it!
Started out at the Horsetail Falls TH (Twin Bridges) at 10.11. X-country-ied it up mostly 3rd class steps to the ridgeline. Had to catch up to the others at the S ridge after multiple unsuccessful attempts to get through snow-covered 4th & easy 5th class headwall below the plateau at the base of the S ridge (finally took a 3rd & 4th class ramp system that got me to the top).
Summited at 15.35. A cloud that tried to envelop us from the W at least didn't obscure great view of Lake Tahoe, as well as some nice views of Lake Aloha, the Crystal Range, & Lovers Leap.
Took the oddly-named Rocky Canyon trail back down, leaving the summit at 16.05- really steep, but quite efficient at getting one down.
Fun dayhike in pretty country with fun people- Gordon, Eszter, Kassim, Steve, & Kelly.
Faith & I did the S ridge after coming up the drainage, then taking a right to reach the ridge, which we followed to the peak. Gorgeous day & great views. Windy at the top! Passed some guys on the way up who were doing a tremendous job postholing- props, guys- an admirable effort (although they sadly didn't summit).
Left road at 9.00, back to the road at 18.00.
Got my ass handed to me on a platter coming down the blue slopes on the sticks (had been doing resort double blacks the day before)- if you can handle the Sierra Cement in the backcountry, you can handle any snow conditions, as far as I'm concerned!
Climbed with Dirk, Eszter, Kassim, Steve, Kelly. We were initially discouraged by the snow fall early in the morning and the prospect of more precipitation during our climb, but luckily the weather gradually improved. From the Pyramid Creek trail we scrambled up slabs farther to the left (west) of the normal trail, then took a line of least resistance over talus and slabs covered with 3-5" of new snow. This is a great place with lots of 3rd and occasional 4th class variations to choose from. Fast-moving low clouds constantly swarming over the high peaks made for dramatic views.