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."
--Jordan Summers, Five-Star Trails: Lake Tahoe: 40 Unforgettable Hikes in the Central Sierra Nevada (Menasha Ridge Press).
"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."
--Paul Richins, 50 Classic Backcountry Ski & Snowboard Summits in California (The Mountaineers Books).
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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