Ascent of Pyramid Peak on 2018-03-24

Climber: William Chen

Others in Party:Maureen Conn
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, March 24, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Pyramid Peak
    Elevation:6703 ft / 2043 m

Ascent Trip Report

Great views. A wonderful peak that's ready for you to occupy a half a day in Death Valley. It has everything you could ask from a cross-country peak. Weird evidence of human habitation in the middle of nowhere, steep ridges, fun scree downhills, overly long talus slogs, faint paths that lead nowhere, caves, giant saddles to camp in, and multicolored rocks. Highly recommended.

This is a very rugged peak once you start climbing out of the desert floor. The key thing you need to know is to try to stay on the use trail. This is especially important near the end; you need to ascend the hill above the third saddle, and then look down to your left once it seems the trail runs out at the top. If you can find this use trail (it took me a couple of minutes to find it; judging from some reports, a lot of people miss it), then all that's left is an easy but slightly exposed (scary class 1?) sidehill portion.

If you get too far off the use trail on any of the ascending slopes, you will get into some atrociously miserable terrain. Look for the use trail!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3758 ft / 1145 m
    Round-Trip Distance:10 mi / 16.1 km
    Route:SE Ridge
    Trailhead:2945 ft / 897 m
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by William Chen
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