Nice hike out of Upper Ball lake. What a beautiful area. We enjoyed awesome weather and view from the top.
Took the trail to upper Ball Lake and headed north along the ridge to Pyramid Peak. The views down into Long Canyon and the peaks to the west and south are astounding. Every time I come to the Selkirks, I'm continually impressed. They are not the highest mountains out there, but the vertical rises are impressive and they may offer the best example of a glacial-formed landscape in Idaho.
Once at the peak I went up the SE ridge in short time. Then I dropped off the steep north face just to see what was down there and then with some tricky climbing cut over to the NE ridge for the full descent.
There was a severe hail storm the night before followed by heavy rain. This caused hail to flow and accumulate in catchment areas only to be covered by rain deposited litter and duff that insolated the hail through the heat of the day. So much of the route I could find crunchy ice under my feet.
Martin and I scrambled up this peak and had a great time in perfect weather. We did some fun scrambling up to the summit of the peak above Ball Lake on the first day. The ridgeline over to Pyramid Peak has really nice views both directions. We met 2 other climbers who scrambled up the Northeast Ridge.