Ascent of Pyramid Mountain on 2013-08-21

Climber: Kyle Funke

Others in Party:Carrie
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Pyramid Mountain
    Elevation:8243 ft / 2512 m

Ascent Trip Report

Ride started out nice. Mixed riding and hike-a-bike as expected. 1.2 mile trail to Pyramid Mtn trail was all fall line hike-a-bike. The rest of the ride up was mixed riding and hiking. Bald faced hornets were terrible all the way up Pyramid mtn trail, with a swarm of them on the summit. It was impossible to stay up there for more than a couple minutes which was disappointing after lugging the bikes so far. We chose to make a loop out of the day by riding the ridge trail below Graham Mountain to take Butte Creek trail below Crow Hill. This turned out to be a huge mistake with mountain bikes. The trail was hard to find to begin with but we were committed to the route by this point so we trudged on. We lost the trail less than a 1/4 mile from the junction and the "oh shit" feeling began to sink in. Seeing no trail and no option to go back we began to study our topo map and altimeter in hopes of at least finding an xc route off the ridge. While searching the ridge we happened to notice.. a single mountain bike track in the dirt between clumps of thick grass! We followed it as best we could along the ridge till it faded out. Shortly after discussing the grim options we had as the day was ending we discovered what appeared to be a rock cairn. Sure enough further down the ridge was another. We followed them till we saw what was probably the remains of Butte Creek trail and it took us straight down off the ridge and back into the drainage were we met back up with South Pyramid creek and the trail. Definitely an adventure day on the bikes.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:6289 ft / 1916 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1955 ft / 595 m
    Round-Trip Distance:22.5 mi / 36.2 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Stream Ford
    Gear Used:
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4334 ft / 1321 m
    Distance:9.5 mi / 15.3 km
    Route:North Fork Entiat/South Pyramid
    Start Trailhead:3909 ft / 1191 m
    Time:4 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1955 ft / 595 m
    Gain on way out:1955 ft / 595 m
    Distance:13 mi / 21 km
    Route:South Pyramid/Butte Creek/N.Frk
    Time:5 Hours 

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