Pyramid Peak Trail

HARD 11 reviews
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Pyramid Peak Trail is a 7.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Aspen, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November.

7.5 miles
4,330 feet
Out & Back



nature trips

trail running




wild flowers



One of Colorados most dangerous fouteeners, thrilling summit. Hike West from the trailhead following the signs for Crater Lake trail. When the trail finally levels of (sort of) and goes through a rocky ravine, keep your eye out for a trail to the Left. This trail isn't very obvious so look hard. Follow this trail as it leads you directly toward Pyramid Peak. When you reach where the trail begins its switchbacks you have come 1/3rd of the distance but still have nearly 90% of your elevation left to go. The trail will ascend rapidly up to the cirque beneath Pyramid. The trail disappears here as you will be crossing giant boulder fields. Continue directly towards Pyramid until you nearly reach its vertical North face, then look left for a trail that ascends a steep gully to the ridge. From the saddle the cairns do a pretty good job of marking the trail here. Stay near the ridge, but usually on the left side. The climbing and scrambling gets loose and dangerous so take your time. The summit isn't far.

10 months ago

This was only my 3rd 14er, but I was with people with 30 and 40+ under their belt so that helped my nerves a little bit. Steep switchbacks, monster boulder field, 1000 ft incline that will make you calves burn, my favorite part was the final climb to the top. Take your time be extra careful and watch your hand and foot placement, there is a lot of loose rock! Also, watch for the cairns, they are there and they are well placed. Watch for falling rocks! I don't have poles and I think they would have been very useful in a couple areas. This area and hike was absolutely incredible, so beautiful!! BE SAFE my fellow hikers!! FYI is a very helpful tool.

Friday, July 07, 2017

The best hike I've done this year. Spectacular. Great way to escape the masses at Maroon and Crater Lake. Very steep with many, many switchbacks. Beautiful columbines and other wild flowers just after the Pyramid Trail turn off. The hike starts in a pine forest and then progresses to switchbacks traversing large boulder fields. Once we passed through the "gates" (very large cairns), the trail starts to disappear and we just made our way through the boulder fields to the snow fields. We stopped in the final basin before the climb straight up to Pyramid Peak. On our way down, before we passed the gates again, we were entertained by a mountain goat who followed us around, hoping we were going to pee. Mountain goats up there don't want your food; they want the salts in your urine. He was quite photogenic and provided us with a ton of photo opportunities.

Friday, September 09, 2016

Beautiful hike! And very dangerous! Not to be done lightly. Bring a helmet for the class 3/4 in the last 1000' where there is a lot of loose rock. Take your time. and the trail landmarks on it were invaluable as the route gets quite hard to follow towards the summit. Trail is well-cairned however. Just keep an eye out. Be careful. So many stretches that are exposed and very unforgiving. Take this hike wisely and ready to turn back if you have to. It is amazing! Views are spectacular! I had a mountain goat accompany me from the saddle to the very top. I would do it again, but I would consider a base camp in the amphitheater below the peak as the down-hike over the boulder field was brutal on my knees.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Nice hiking. I got lost and did not get to the top.Were no markings on rocky mountain.That was 30 years ago, no good map and no internet.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

The best hike ive done. Alot of loose rock wear a helmet.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Class 4 rock climbing near the top. Be ready for steep and rocky trail. You really need secure foot placings for this hike. Narrow ledges and some jumping to get to the other side of the trail. Would not suggest to go alone/inexperienced.

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