Ascent of Pyramid Peak on 2020-07-04

Climber: Kyle Wilson

Others in Party:Ritch Go
Jim Egan
Date:Saturday, July 4, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Pyramid Peak
    Elevation:11926 ft / 3635 m

Ascent Trip Report

We 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
Ascent Statistics
    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
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Washington Pyramid Ridge Hike

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Washington2020-07-04 a0 ft / 0 m
2Johnson Peak2020-07-04 b721 ft / 220 m
3Quartzite Peak2020-07-04 c222 ft / 68 m
4Pyramid Peak2020-07-04 d642 ft / 196 m
5Quartzite Peak2020-07-04 e499 ft / 152 m
6Johnson Peak2020-07-04 f177 ft / 54 m
7Mount Washington2020-07-04 g567 ft / 173 m
Total Trip Gain: 2828 ft / 863 m    Total Trip Loss: 2828 ft / 862 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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