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Ascent of Pyramid Peak on 2008-08-30

Climber: Tim Berger

Others in Party:none.

Met one hiker
w/dog
on descent
Date:Saturday, August 30, 2008
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Pyramid Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:9983 ft / 3042 m

Ascent Trip Report

Found trail head (7:15 am) east of Rocky Cyn creek at Hwy 50, 50 to 100 feet. Marked by blue paint "PP (arrow)" and "59.00" road marker. Path well worn and very easy to follow. Steep and dusty to break in initial slope (45 minutes to ascend). Crosses Rocky Ck from east to west side, and continues up shallow cyn to ridge off NW corner of Pyr. Pk., to base of peak. Trail climbs soil and juniper base to broken rock of peak. Keep slightly left ascending broken,loose rock as large as small car. At summit (<3 hrs) are two USGS badges, and a stone pile marking the highest point. Numerous wind breaks have been constructed. Nice cirque and remnant snow patch on west side of peak. Very breezy, from the west, at late morning. No other hikers.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:4079 ft / 1243 m
    Distance:6.6 mi / 10.6 km
    Route:Rocky Cyn
    Trailhead:East of Rocky Cyn ck at Hwy 50  5904 ft / 1799 m
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Hot, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:0 Days 2 Hours 55 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:2 Hours 30 Minutes



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