Pyramid Trail

Eldorado National Forest, California

Elevation Gain865ft
Trailhead Elevation6,117ft
Elevation Min/Max6117/6796ft
Elevation Start/End6117/6117ft

Pyramid Trail

Pyramid Trail is a hiking trail in El Dorado County, California. It is within Eldorado National Forest and Desolation Wilderness. It is 1.6 miles long and begins at 6,117 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 865 feet. Near the trailhead there are restrooms and parking.

Pyramid Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"Four thousand feet of elevation gain—straight up—had better have an incredibly redeeming quality besides aerobic exercise, and Pyramid Peak via Rocky Canyon dishes it up for hearty hikers only. The views alone are worth the hike up this triangle of granite talus. But the solitude, the adventure, and even the workout will leave you with a feeling of well-being and a sense of accomplishment. This is perhaps the hardest hike in the book.

Hikers have more than a few ways to hike to Pyramid Peak, but the route up Rocky Canyon is definitely the most strenuous. And for every small, strained, uphill step you take, there will be a surprising reward along the trail. Your reward at the top may be more brilliant than you anticipated."

"Pyramid Peak rises 4,000 feet above the South Fork of the American River Canyon at Twin Bridges. It offers more vertical relief than any other peak in the Tahoe region, along with great open-bowl skiing above timberline. Pyramid Peak is the highest peak in the Desolation Valley Wilderness Area, with fine views of Lake Aloha, Lake Tahoe, Mount Tallac, Fallen Leaf Lake, Ralston Peak, and other lakes and summits in the region. This is a popular summit with skiers in the spring, and provides excellent off-piste skiing and snowboarding in a beautiful setting."

Pyramid Trail Reviews

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Rocky Canyon Route is the way to do this mountain. I have attempted Pyramid peak before from Horsetail and failed. Rocky canyon route is a clear, well marked single track dirt trail all but the last 400 vertical feet which is good fun bouldering. Some sections are very very steep, so when the bouldering came I was very happy! Great trail. Bring lots of food and at least 3 liters of water. I went through 4 and could have had more!

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Trail Information

Eldorado National Forest
Nearby City
Desolation Wilderness
Additional Use
Eldorado National Forest, Amador Ranger District, 209-295-4251,
Local Contacts
Desolation Wilderness (Wilderness Press)
Local Maps