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Pyramid Peak
Elevation: 14,018 feet
Mileage: 6.0 miles
Vertical Gain: 4,450 feet
Route: Northeast Ridge

July 16th, 2005

Pyramid Peak is an aptly named peak just across the valley from its more famous neighbors the Maroon Bells. Typical of peaks in the Elk Range, Pyramid Peak is composed of loose and dangerous rock and should be approached with caution. Pyramid Peak was first climbed in 1909 by Percy Hagerman who remarked, "The climb is an intensely interesting one." The climbers trail that departs the trail to Crater Lake leading to Pyramid Peak can sometimes be hard to find. Below are the directions we used to find the trail without any problems.

Finding the climbers trail: About a mile past Maroon Lake, the trail will level off (for the first time), and you will reach a moraine field, mostly on your right side. After about ~150 yards look for a trail heading up the hillside to the left. There may or may not be a cairn marking this trail, seems somebody keeps knocking it down.


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