Pyramid Peak - Desolation Wilderness - Lake Tahoe - Fun 3rd Class Scramble and Steep Hike

September 24, 2019 - On the second day of my Tahoe trip I did Pyramid Peak.  This peak is pretty impressive at just under 10,000 feet.  It is named, obviously, because it looks like a pyramid and is a major and unmistakable landmark in the Tahoe area.

There isn't much of a trailhead.  Once you park there, which does not resemble a trailhead, but simply shoulder parking, you have to cross the highway and walk about 150 feet to the trail.  You have to pay attention because the trail is barely noticeable and no sign marks the location.

The hike is about 6.25 miles round-trip with a gross elevation gain of almost 4100 feet.

I climbed to the summit in just under three hours, and descended in two and a quarter.   My total round-trip time was about six hours with a 45 minute enjoyment of the summit. 

I also scoped out the route along the ridge heading north to Mt. Agassiz and Mount Price.  I have this fantasy of hiking from Pyramid all the way along the ridge to Tells Peak.


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