Pyramid Peak Trail

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Pyramid Peak Trail is a 6.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Kyburz, California that features a river and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4078 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

snow

1 day ago

Very steep since we have to go up 4000ft just in 3.3 miles. The first mile is steep as hell, then the trail start flatten out a bit. However, we forget all the tired since the view on the top is outstanding

hiking
1 day ago

Made it back 20 years later. It's tougher being 20 years older but had a great time.

hiking
1 day ago

It's a very hard hike but the view at the summit is breathtaking.It's worth every effort.

hiking
11 days ago

Nice hike, great views of the eledorado wilderness! you can camp on the top of the peak!!

backpacking
13 days ago

This is pristine land. The terrain is perhaps a bit challenging to navigate, but the reward is a beautiful Sierra alpine view.

Please note that fires are not permitted here, even if you see fire rings.

14 days ago

We ended up following the blue trail with a relatively large group. Most people started to turn back once the scaling portions started. Once past the first waterfall there are many beautiful lakes at the top, which are completely hidden from below. From there on, it is relatively hard to stick to the "path" since there are little to no markers to follow. Once at the lakes, we ended up making our own path up - I don't recommend this, finding a clear way isn't always easy, there is lots of back tracking to find a way across everything and up everything. Our improvised "path" to the top was 75% scaling and scrambling up rocks and small creeks, 25% hiking. On the way down we took the red path (100% hiking). Honestly, I would suggest trying to take the red path, it's much easier - and although there isn't as much lakes you encounter, it beats risking losing your way up. The mountain is always in view, finding a way over to it, and up it was not easy on the blue path. Anyway, gl and have fun. Bring lots of water. Maybe hiking poles for downhill to relieve pressure from joints in knees and ankles.

15 days ago

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hiking
1 month ago

I plan on doing this hike in mid of next month! This hike has been a fantasy of mine ever since I found out about it years ago.. I know that it's going to be a little difficult! I am as of now, training and building my cardio and my legs. It looks to be quite strenuous and a bit grueling. That does not phase me! I'm also a photographer, so I'll be getting some awesome shots in!! I WILL BE BACK TO WRITE MY ACHIEVEMENT!!

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing Hike. Quite difficult! Me and a buddy were driving from the East Bay to Tahoe and decided to stop and do a hike on the way. I hadn't hiked in years. Wasn't expecting it to be so hard!! Only had running shoes on, and no poles. Its a steep uphill climb most of the way (4000ft+). There was quite a lot of snow to get across also. Some of it on steep slopes. It was well worth the effort though. The final climb up the boulders is hard, considering your legs are fairly worn out by that point already. Took about 8 hours total up and down, with a few stops for food along the way. Absolutely beautiful alpine wilderness. Will do it again for sure. Stunning hike. NOT EASY!

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Very strenuous but beautiful hike off the beaten path with great rewards at the top.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked Pyramid Peak via the Rocky Canyon on July 3. I didn't see another person the entire day. Lots of elevation gain in a short distance (which was great, to me!).

Finding the trail off of 50 is a little challenging, but with a little patience, you can see a little area where it looks like people have made their way up (make sure you are on the east side of the creek). There is no official trail (just a use trail that is usually easy to follow), so don't expect any signs or official markers. There are some orange markers on tree branches here and there, but I wouldn't rely on them.

The "trail" starts off a bit steep, which I found to be a great way to get right you into the hike.

There are a great deal of downed trees in the lower half of the hike, so the "trail" has a tendency to meander a bit. Also, there are a decent amount of side use trails, I think from people who want to see the falls along the creek. I lost the trail a few times before finding it again because of these.

There was a single creek crossing (a little over a mile in), and I was able to find a place where I could hope over a couple of stones. My feet got a bit wet. There are a great deal of use trails in this section, I imagine because at different times of the year (and in different snow melt years), the creek is easier/harder to cross at various points. Do be careful as the falls are raging pretty aggressively right now, and a slip into the creek could be bad.

As of July 3, there was still a great deal of snow above ~8000 feet. The tree coverage shadowing has maintained this snow since there is no snow above tree line (~9000 feet). I had a pair of microspikes and a pair of hiking poles that were both very helpful, although a determined hiker doesn't necesarilly need them (the snow was incredibly loose, so the poles saved me multiple times from spilling!). Be aware of the snow around trees or melting outlets - it's easy to have one of your legs post through.

Once in the snow, I completely lost the "trail" - but at this point, it isn't really needed since you can make out the summit. Just aim for the summit and make your way up.

The last ~half mile below the summit is a class 2 scramble over a boulder field. It was pretty fun, but I was also pretty tired by that point and took it slow since I didn't want to get injured on a trail that no one else would be on that day.

The views from the summit were pretty spectacular (and for that matter, the views on the way up were great, too). I could see all of the way I believe to the White Mountains. I made a marmot friend at the top who was very curious of me.

The route down was much faster than the way up - took about half as long to get down as it did up. I also had an easier time following the "trail" once below the snow cover since it's more obvious from above than it is when hiking up from below.

All in all, a wonderful hike and mountain. If you're looking for a relatively unpopular mountain/hike near Tahoe, and enjoy challenging hikes, this is a great one for you.


One final note, in my haste to make it down, I lost a Nalgene water bottle at some point - this is a long shot, but if anyone finds it, I would be happy to pay you for its return (mark.a.mccreary@gmail.com). 2 reasons: I've had it for quite some time and holds sentimental value; and because I take pride in my record of not leaving a trace while hiking (I tend to pick up after people when I see their trash)...so I'm a bit upset to know that I have left something behind ruining other people's experiences.

hiking
1 month ago

Very steep at first but then its your regular old hike. Beautiful scenery and beautiful river which leads to Horsetail falls. Icy cold water.

hiking
1 month ago

Wow very steep trail, but the reward at end is worth the hard work... There was quite a bit of snow and a scramble up to the top.