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Short hike with the family. Warm day and we were surprised that the trail wasn’t very busy. We did 2.2 miles total from the Jobs Peak Ranch trailhead and turned around at the creek.

hiking
23 days ago

Make sure you recognize the elevation gain!! It’s almost straight up the whole way! Bring good shoes and lots of water. The view is absolutely worth it and the way back is easy.

mountain biking
23 days ago

I am 14 and this is one of my favorite out and back trails because it has such a beautiful uphill ride and a fast downhill. I have gone out with many friends before in groups just to have a good time.

A very tough climb up to the top but well worth it. Bring a lunch or some snacks and hang out on the peak with the nice view!

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike. Great training location... short and steep. Incredible views as well.

THANK YOU to those who piled cairns/ducks, especially along 50. A great view awaits those that have the fortitude to climb the boulders at the top. We had no wind and the summit to ourselves.

backpacking
1 month ago

This trail was so much fun! It took us about three hours up and one hour down, my boyfriend and I went in August and it was the perfect time to go! it was the perfect temperature! Also, this was our first hike and we aren't super athletic and we make it all the way to the top! It was challenging but so worth it! The views were amazing

Excellent hike and knock out views.

hiking
2 months ago

Tough trail. It’s all up hill to the peak then you have to climb boulders to the top. Nice views though.

hiking
2 months ago

this one is sweet, did it on 9/23/2018. The trail is under 2 miles and easy to follow, the last push was tricky, it took me a while to figure out how to climb up. Extremely windy on the top, but the view is probably the best

hiking
2 months ago

DO NOT UNDER ESTIMATE THIS TRAIL!!!
If you are not in fairly decent shape, and used to hiking at higher altitudes, I would not recommend you try this. The cardio vascular demand isn’t crazy, but you will find that if you don’t have decent leg strength/endurance, you may not make it to the top. First mile and last mile are definitely the hardest, with the second mile leveling out to a tolerable incline.

There is intermittent rock scrambling throughout the entire trail. Footing can be questionable through out it as well.

As for the trail head, it is not visible from the road. I built several rock cairns at the point where you have to scramble/climb up the embankment. It opens up immediately onto the trail head. There are cairns through out the trail as well. Pay attention to them.

Sustained winds at the top. Bring layers.

The hike down, make sure you follow your all trails app. It’s easy to get off the path when you get goin at a decent speed.

For two girls in decent shape and experienced hikers, it was roughly 4 hours up, 2 hours down, with about an hour at the top.

Probably the best views in the area.

Lost camelbak backpack with Sony camera and REI trekking poles in small parking area near trailhead on September 29, 2018. If you found them, please call or text Phillip at 916-205-1028. Thanks!

Nice hike with tremendous views when at the top. The last half mike gets a little hard. Gigantic pine cones for the taking at the beginning. Do it again someday.

hiking
2 months ago

The trail is kind of steep so I'm glad I did this late September and it was kind of cool. I didn't find the climb up real tough and it's a short hike. I think the view of Lake Tahoe is the best I've seen from any other vantage point around the lake. Also seeing Desolation Wilderness in the other direction is great too. At the top I dropped my water bottle and went back for it. I saw a beautiful rock in the ground with a memorial carved into it and I found it very moving. Very nice hike!

hiking
2 months ago

We hiked up to Pyramid Peak on Saturday, 9/15/18.

We started at the Lyons Creek Trailhead. That was 5 miles to Lake Sylvia. Then we climbed up to the notch. We began our climb at 12:20PM and reached the Peak at 3:22PM.

This was an incredible hike. When we arrived at Lake Sylvia and saw the “notch” it was overwhelming. We definitely had to reassure ourselves that we could make it up. After seeing some folks go up, we decided to move forward. We didn’t come this far just to get this far. We were going to summit Pyramid Peak. We decided to climb the big boulders instead of taking the zig zag trail straight up to the notch. The smaller rocks and dirt was extremely dry and loose. We climbed up the boulders up to a big tree and then cut across the top to the notch. It was definitely the better choice. Once we reached the top, it was wide and flat up on the ridge. There wasn’t really a trail so we followed cairns and used our GPS to guide us towards the peak. It took us 3 hours from the bottom of the lake up to Pyramid Peak, recording 2 miles worth of hiking and climbing. It was extremely sunny AND windy. We wore buffs and had our hoodies up. We were completely covered. The top views were amazing and thrilling. There are forts above to help with not getting blown away by the wind. We stayed for an hour and then headed back down. Unfortunately we didn’t monitor our way down and followed our friend, in which we ended up going the wrong way for a good mile or so, headed south instead of west. We had to back track a little and then cut across West to get us back to the notch. This extended our descent time by a lot. It took us 3 hours to reach the top and 4 hours to get back, for a total of 7 hours and 5 miles. Whew!

TIPS:
Climb the boulders up to the notch instead of the trail of loose rocks and dirt.
Once on top of the ridge, follow the cairns (stacked rocks), but also check your GPS or have a compass to help direct your way up to the peak.
When returning, make sure you check your navigation and go back the way you came (unless you are going a different route).

It was a great hike and I would do it all over again (except for the getting lost part lol).

2 months ago

Amazing! Do it.

My family and friends and of course our well known dog "Ragnar" use this trail an average of 4-5 times a week. it has creeks and streams for the animals and so many beautiful things to see! we see something different every time. well groomed trail as well.

Can be easy or difficult based on the direction you choose. Very pretty. Views of Carson Valley. Sandy areas.

Beautiful, very challenging hike. Thankful for my good, supportive hiking shoes with tread. Also found a walking stick to be extremely helpful both with the steep ascent and descent. Glad it’s a ‘short’ hike or I might not have made it all the way up! Glorious views, worth it if you’ve got it in you! Trail disappears about 2/3 of the way up and increases in underfoot instability. Unlike a review above, I found the cairns, rock stacks, very helpful to follow. I feel very accomplished after this hike that took me about 4.5 hours to complete, not including the exploration and break at the peak.

hiking
3 months ago

Very scenic hike with lots of history. This hike starts at Chair 1 at Kirkwood. Follow hiking/mountain biking trails up the top of the ridge, then go down the other side. This was the first time that the hike became difficult, as there was no clearly defined trail to follow, or if there was, we didn't see it. Once we got down to a dirt road, we went right and made our way to the Sunrise Grill. From that point, we followed the directions that Mike White describes in his "Afoot and Afield Tahoe-Reno" book for Emigrant Pass (Hike #178 in the new edition). Without having his book along, we would have been lost trying to find out how to get up to the top of the pass. The only reason we started from Kirkwood instead of Caples Lake as he does in his hike, is to shave off a few miles. Once you get on the historic emigrant trail, just look for markers on trees and cairns stacked by other hikers. We lost the trail a few times, but always quickly picked it back up. Our total mileage ended up being about 7 miles for the out and back, not the 5.8 listed here. Once we got up to the top, the views of the surrounding peaks and Caples Lake in the distance were beautiful. It was amazing to consider that 50,000 emigrants once traveled that route. I would give this hike 5 stars if there were better marked trails on the back side of Kirkwood ski resort.

hiking
3 months ago

We were looking for both a challenging and beautiful hike, and we couldn’t have been more fulfilled. Expect 3.5 miles of straight uphill with little to no change in leveling out. The first and last miles up are the steepest, with parts of the granite bouldering being performed on all fours just to ensure an injury-free ascend to the summit. The views are spectacular from the top and you definitely feel a sense of accomplishment for scaling the highest peak in Desolation Wilderness. It took us just over 3 hours to get up and 2 hours to get back down. The steep downhill for the entire second half of the hike was more physically demanding than the ascend. Better not skip out on leg day at the gym if you wanna power up and down this peak. The trail head off of Hwy 50 was a challenge to find at the start, but use the AllTrails app and you run right into it. Amazing hike and worth all the effort put in!

hiking
3 months ago

Sunday afternoon 8/26. Amazing. Above valley smoke. Blue skies. 3 hrs up. 2 hrs down (plus 1/2 mile each way on highway 50). Physically demanding hike worth the work. Met some cool hikers at the peak. Layer up for 20kt sustained winds at the peak.

The all trails segment states this starts at wet meadows trailhead but on the map it shows this segment starting from where the PCT crosses blue lakes road. If you start from wet meadows reservoir trailhead it is closer to 10 miles round trip. I did this but also went up Raymond Peak. Gps shows 12.2 miles and 3200ft elevation for the tour. The road is fine to sunset lake but dont bother driving to wet meadows without a high clearance vehicle. I would rate the hike to the lake as moderate. PCT is well maintained and nicely graded.

Crazy Hike! Get lots of water, you'll feel the hike in your legs for a week if you're not a pro! View from top is outstanding!

hiking
3 months ago

Nice hike to view of Lake Tahoe at the end. We hiked it in summer, it’s about 30degrees slope with a mixture of sand and boulders with a bit of scrambling at the end. Definitely recommend wearing shoes with tread.

Honestly one of my favorite hikes in the area. Steep trail and hard to find trail head, but just use the app and you can’t miss it. The views are literally insane at the top. I’ve done every other summit in the area, but this for some reason remains in my top 3.

If you skip leg day, then you should skip this trail. It’s short, but it’s steep. There is little let up of the incline. The views from the top are totally worth the effort.

Great hike but really challenging! Need enough hydration to complete during summer.

backpacking
4 months ago

The smoke Aug 5-7 was quite heavy, which limited our ability to enjoy the lake. Smoke prevented seeing far and we could feel it in our lungs. With a clear sky we would have had a wonderful experience.

Nice camping spots, and the island at the middle of the lake would have been a great swimming goal.

this thing just kicked my ass. I'm not in great shape but was able to do it, but hardest hike I've ever done period!

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