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Ascent of Pyramid Peak on 2012-01-15

Climber: Eric Kassan

Others in Party:Richard Biegel
BMS 914 -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Anji Cerney -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Chris Meyer
Jerry
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, January 15, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Pyramid Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:6703 ft / 2043 m

Ascent Trip Report

This peak, while challenging, is not as bad as it looks from the highway. The southeast ridge appears to get some use, as a trail is visible for most of the ascent (once on the main ridge).

There is nice paved parking area just off the south side of 190 where the topo shows a road going to old trailer park. This is also about the highest point of the highway in the area.

On our ascent we chose to go up the southeast slope of the 4600+' sub peak on the ridge. We were able to find relatively solid routes up it. On the other side of that summit, the ridge dropped down about 40 feet to a nice saddle. On the way back we would descend directly from the saddle. It's a little more direct, but on considerably looser terrain.

Beyond that saddle, there was usually a trail, though following the ridge was usually easy except for a few places where it got choppy. There the trail helped us decide which side of the ridge to take.

The views from the summit were incredible.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3793 ft / 1155 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3793 ft / 1155 m
    Round-Trip Distance:10.3 mi / 16.6 km
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3743 ft / 1140 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 3643 ft / 1111 m; Extra: 100 ft / 30m
    Loss on way in:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:5.2 mi / 8.4 km
    Route:SE ridge
    Start Trailhead:Parking area on S side of 190  3060 ft / 932 m
    Time:4 Hours 15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3693 ft / 1125 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 3643 ft / 1111 m; Extra: 50 ft / 15m
    Gain on way out:50 ft / 15 m
    Distance:5.1 mi / 8.2 km
    Route:SE ridge
    End Trailhead:Parking area on S side of 190  3060 ft / 932 m
    Time:3 Hours 
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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