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.
Climbed the east face from Horsetail falls in August. Found my way up the coliour and scrambled around to the south ridge. Big mistake was that I didn't take enough water and there is no water on the south shoulder in August. Was seriously dehydrated when I got back down to Pyramid Lake and 2 hikers pumped some water for me. Lesson learned....bought a Camel Back and a filter.
In search of snow, now that the ski resorts had all closed, a group consisting of Milind, Ajay, Akshay, Ritwik, Shekhar and Ram ascended this route.
Three of us (Ajay, Milind, Akshay) had our alpine skis and boots in our packs. We started climbing at 5800' where Rocky Canyon meets hwy 50 at 9:51am , and reached the summit at 5:00pm. The heavy skis definitely weighed us down. 4 of us (Ritwik the only one without skis) summitted, and then Ajay, Akshay and Milind skied down reversing our ascent, all the way to about 7800ft, where we took skis off to cross Rocky Canyon, and packed them the rest of the way down. We started skking at 5:30pm, and reached the hwy again at 7:45pm. Wih approx 4100 ft of ascent, this is a strenuous hike up, especially if you carry alpine ski gear!
We snowshoed up and set up camp below the mountain around 8800'. Summited early and booked in back to the car. Next time I go back I will ski down.
Much harder in the winter, though if we had enough time, we would have made it to the tip top. none-the-less, it was still amazing being up there with all the snow.
I made this climb with my friends Ted,Rick, and Andrew. We got hit with a storm about 1,000 feet from the summit so we made the summit in complete white out conditions. I used snow shoes for the approach and crampons and ice axe for the last 500 ft which was windblown ice along the ridge line. It was a lot fun but no views due to the storm.
Nice hike all the way from Highway 50 to the summit and back. Lake Aloha had very little water in it.
Did this as an overnight for the fun of sleeping in the snow. Had perfect corn for an hour in the morning from the top.
"Bag it, tag it, sell it to the butcher in the store."
This climb was much more enjoyable the second time because I found the trail 100 feet east of the creek. Thanks SP.
I thought I could make this trip in one afternoon from the Lyons Creek Trailhead, but I was still a few hundred yards short of the summit at turnaround time. I got back to the truck at 9:00pm, just as the last glimmers of daylight disappeared. Anyway, it was a beautiful clear day, and the trailhead parking lot was already full by the time I arrived. The Lyons Creek trail is an easy 4.6-mile walk up to Lake Sylvia. Lyons Creek is never too far from the trail, and the gentle roar of the spring runoff provided the perfect background music. The last half-mile or so below Lake Sylvia was an obstacle course of swampy ground, snowdrifts, and tricky creek crossings. Lake Sylvia was beautiful, with ice still floating on the surface.
Nice snow hike. Amazing views of the desolation wilderness.
A mild winter ascent! Stashed snowshoes at tree-line. Hiked hard pack on up to the summit. We carried plastic garbage bags up and, on the way down, climbed in for some wicked descending fun (more like "death burritos"). Clear winter days make for incredible vistas.
This was the steepest three mile hike I've done but well worth it. Great Fall colors. Saw no one on trail or summit during the day.
Great spring day. Snow level about 2/3 up route. Only challenge was doing this late on a sunny day and then trying to cross Rocky Creek while stayting dry.
Some late season skiing above Pyramid Lake (in the bowl between Pyramid and Aaron's - Pk 9,686'). We scrambled up the talus blocks above snowline on the north face to the summit. Click here for trip report and photos.
Photos from this trip can be linked to from the Pyramid trip reports page.
My first summit in the Tahoe area, shortly after I moved to the Bay Area to start law school. Needless to say, I got hooked on bagging peaks in northern california :-)
We reached the summit around 3PM. Met another snowshoer coming up from the Horsetail Falls trailhed. Still lots of snow above 7000'.
There must have been close to a dozen people up on the summit when I was up there the first time--snowshoers, skiers, snowboarders... The next time, I climbed the peak amidst low cloud cover and snow showers, with about 50ft of visibility at the summit. There was no one else up there that time.