Pyramid Canyon Trail

Death Valley, California 92328

Pyramid Canyon Trail

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"This is an easily accessible, waterless, out-and-back canyon hike with layered colorbanded mountains. The mountains close into a narrow, dark chasm that is blocked in several places by boulders. Some of the limestone in the surrounding Furnace Creek Formation is probably travertine that was laid down by volcanic hot springs.

Travertine Point rises just east of the trailhead on the south side of the canyon. Pyramid Canyon is not an official place name on the map but is used here to identify the hike. When viewed from the mouth of Pyramid Canyon, the imposing, aptly named massif of Pyramid Peak dominates the skyline to the northeast. After 0.25 mile you’ll come to an old rusted car body halfway buried in the wash—proof positive that you’re in the right canyon. Barrel cacti dot the surrounding alluvial-fan conglomerate."

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Hiking Death Valley National Park (Falcon Guides)
Bill and Polly Cunningham
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"This is an easily accessible, waterless, out-and-back canyon hike with layered, color-banded mountains. The mountains close into a narrow, dark chasm that is blocked in several places by boulders. Some of the limestone in the surrounding Furnace Creek Formation is probably travertine that was laid down by volcanic hot springs. Travertine Point rises just east of the trailhead on the south side of the canyon. Pyramid Canyon is not an official place name on the map but is used here to identify the hike. When viewed from the mouth of Pyramid Canyon, the imposing, aptly named massif of Pyramid Peak dominates the skyline to the northeast. After 0.25 mile you’ll come to an old, rusted car body halfway buried in the wash—proof positive that you’re in the right canyon. Barrel cacti dot the surrounding alluvial-fan conglomerate."

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7/2/2009
The trail was clear, for a use trail - very easy to follow and few obstacles (a couple of fallen trees). We climbed to the summit of Pyramid Peak. The last 500 feet or so consisted of large boulders and was very different from the rest of the hike, but the view from the top of Pyramid was delightful. The trail is pretty relentlessly uphill the entire way. We climbed it in 3.5 hours with rest stops along the way, and descended in 2.5 hours. It's a strenuous climb, no doubt about it, but very fun.
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Trail Information

Death Valley
Nearby City
4
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
2 to 3 hours
Duration
October through April
Season
Death Valley National Park
Local Contacts
USGS Ryan, Echo Canyon
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