Ascent of Pyramid Peak on 2020-07-04
|Others in Party:||Ritch Go|
|Date:||Saturday, July 4, 2020|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||11926 ft / 3635 m|
Ascent Trip ReportWe hiked to Pyramid starting from the summit of Washington. This was more convenient than driving to Pyramid's typical trail head since we were already on Mount Washington from hiking Lincoln and Granite the day prior. Getting up Mount Washington involves a challenging road and I have driving information here.
This ridge hike was surprisingly not as bad as I was expecting it to be. For the most part, there was stable footing throughout. The hike starts out descending from the top of Washington down a steep ridge. Parts of this decent involve loose scree on a very steep slope. Once we get down to the saddle and started making our way up to Johnson Peak, the ridge was pleasant and had stable footing most of the way. Getting from Johnson to Quartzite involved some class 2/3 scrambling and some exposure. This is when the ridge suddenly drops and we just hiked the west side of the ridge to avoid the nasty part on the other side. Getting from Quartzite to Pyramid required some route finding because of the trees and bushes that were along the ridge. We never did find an ideal route, but the path we took coming back was a little bit better. Hiking Pyramid from the saddle was considerably easier than the way I did it last time. If possible, I highly recommend hiking it from the west saddle because the footing was mostly stable and there was very little, if any, bouldering involved.
The last 2000 feet of going back up to Washington was hard. The loose scree and steep slope was challenging to go up and we were quite tired since it was the last part of the hike.
This route to Pyramid was about 2.5 miles shorter and had had about 1000 feet less of elevation gain than my last ascent. The big drawbacks are that the entire hike is off trail and it never goes below 11,000 feet.
Stats for the entire hike are: 5 hours and 46 minutes, 5.87 miles round trip, and 2813 feet of elevation gain.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||642 ft / 195 m|
| Total Elevation Loss:||488 ft / 148 m|
| Gain on way in:||642 ft / 195 m|
| Gain Breakdown:||Net: 154 ft / 47 m; Extra: 488 ft / 148m|
| Loss on way in:||488 ft / 148 m|
| Distance:||1 mi / 1.6 km|
| Start Trailhead:||11772 ft / 3588 m|
| Time:||1 Hours 9 Minutes|
|Ascent Part of Trip: Washington Pyramid Ridge Hike|
Complete Trip Sequence:
Total Trip Gain: 2828 ft / 863 m Total Trip Loss: 2828 ft / 862 m
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