Ascent of Pyramid Peak on 2012-07-25
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Wednesday, July 25, 2012|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||6451 ft / 1966 m|
Ascent Trip ReportI approached Pyramid Peak from the town of Applegate, you can get there from Applegate Lake also. In Applegate, turn south on Thompson Creek Road and stay on it until it turns into Carberry Creek Road and you reach FR 1030 in about 14 miles. Turn south on FR 1030 and stay on this road for another 14.6 miles where the road ends just north of the CA border. I hiked south on the good trail into the Red Buttes Wildersness area for about .75 mile to a fork that indicates the Sucker Creek Gap is straight ahead. I continued another .25 mile to where the trail makes a sharp switchback and the trail goes north towards Sucker Creek Gap. I marked a waypoint on my GPS so that I could find the spot on the way down and then I left the trail at this point and started bushwhacking uphill to the west. The slope is steep and brushy for about .75 mile until I reached about 5,400 ft elevation. At this point the forest ended and I could see the ridgeline above. There is still brush, but it seemed to be easier to navigate up to the ridge.
Once at the ridge I turned south and went around the west end of the vertical north end of the summit block. I stayed below the vertical rocks until I saw a small green chute that appeared to go up to the ridgeline. I climbed up to the ridgeline and followed it all the way to the summit. There is some easy scrambling along the ridge and some rock hopping but it was a lot more fun than the bushwhacking coming up the slope. I think the furthest south rock outcropping is the highest point. Surprisingly, there was a summit register with one piece of paper in it. "Tunk" had been up there 3 weeks earlier. Great views from the summit including to Mt Shasta.
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||2150 ft / 656 m|
| Distance:||4.7 mi / 7.6 km|
| Route:||East Side|
| Trailhead:||4301 ft / 1310 m|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Bushwhack, Scramble|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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