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Ascent of Pyramid Peak on 1994-06-26

Climber: Richard Carey

Date:Sunday, June 26, 1994
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Pyramid Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:9983 ft / 3042 m

Ascent Trip Report

The name is most appropriate for the three-sided, pyramid-shaped summit which is evident from nearby Dicks Peak or Mt. Tallac. The first recorded ascent was made by William H. Brewer on August 20, 1863. (Brewer, p.441) The north (N) designation is used on the SPS list because this peak is the northernmost of the two Pyramid peaks on the list. The other Pyramid is on the Mt. Pinchot quad.

Pyramid is in the Desolation Wilderness which is administered by Eldorado National Forest. Permits are required for all entry. Self-issue day use permits can often be obtained at information kiosks at common trailheads. For further information contact the Eldorado N. F. Information Center at 3070 Camino Heights Dr., Camino, Ca. 95709. Phone: (916) 644-6048

Pyramid can be hiked from the south on highway 50 by following a use trail which is not shown on the maps. From the junction of highways 50 and 89 in South Lake Tahoe, take route 50 SE toward Sacramento. You will go up the Meyers Grade to Echo Summit and then descend for several miles passing the parking area for Horsetail Falls at about 11 miles. At about 11.8 miles look for a parking area on the side of the road. The hike begins at milepost 58.96 in this area which appears on both sides of the road at the stream crossing. This is the stream flowing down from Rocky Canyon. Start the hike on a use trail on the north side of the road at the milepost sign and on the right (E) side of the stream. In a short distance the trail goes by a wood water tank on its steep ascent through the forest along the canyon. After about one mile the trail levels out somewhat in a grassy meadow and then crosses the stream to the west side. Continue NW with the stream on your right as the trail is harder to follow in this area. In another mile head for the rocky ridge south of Pyramid which should come into view. Scramble over the large boulders to the summit. Superb views of Aloha Lake and the Desolation Valley are to be had on top. The climb is about 6 miles roundtrip with 3,800 ft. elevation gain. Allow 3 to 3 1/2 hrs. for the ascent and 2 to 3 hrs. for the descent. 6/94 RLC
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