Pyramid Peak  
Condition Updates  
Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2020-10-12, By: geojed
Info: 1-3” of snow on the route. Microspikes definitely needed at least from base of climb up out of Amphitheater to summit. Some will melt off this week. 
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Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2020-10-04, By: askwjs
Info: Summer conditions, blue bird day no wind. Carefully study the route and beware of off route cairns. Climb out of amphitheater to first saddle was loose in places, used spikes on the way down and it made a huge difference. A fun route especially all the ledges and the green wall. A great intro to class 4. 
Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2020-09-24, By: kevmonster
Info: Summer conditions. Leaves are about to peak. 
Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2020-09-20, By: Marshall
Info: Everything is in good condition all the way up. The turnoff for Pyramid is well cairned, but the trail immediately after that is less obvious in some places. A time or two the trail may squeeze in between trees or force you over an awkward rock. The trail up the first slope is great, and it's relatively easy once you're in the talus to make your way to the wall. The wall is actually not bad if you stay on the right path, but it seemed easier to stay the course on the way back down. Once on the saddle, the rest of the route is just following cairns, but the rock gets kinda sketchy towards the summit. I got off the main path near the summit, but I thought this was sketchier than going up Maroon. Lots of mountain goats  
Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2020-09-20, By: Geckser
Info: Pyramid peak was essentially in summer conditions. The route had no snow up until 12,800 feet and even at that point it was soft and generally avoidable. The only area with a non-avoidable amount of snow was right before the final pass, but this snow was highly patchy and not icy. The pass to the summit is all but snow free. Microspikes/Ice axe would provide little to no benefit 
Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2020-09-15, By: cmw154
Info: We had a 4am start found 4-6inches of snow in parts of the boulder field. Most of that snow was iced over, so it was easy to walk on between boulders. The ridge was relatively clear of snow, except for in shaded areas. We encountered some weeping rock further up the mountain, as the snow melted throughout our climb. Down-climbing after a noon summit, we encountered more snowmelt in the gully and boulder field, leading to mud and very occasional post-holing, but nothing excessive. 
Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2020-09-14, By: heathcliff
Info: Fine trail until about 10,600, here I encountered the first snow due to the shade on the west side, this will probably be gone in a week. Then around 11,400 there is consistent snow about 4 inches deep throughout the entire amphitheater climb, spikes were useful here. Climbing from 12k to 13k was halfway clear, encountered some snow making it very slippery. Heavy snow on the flat traverse at 13, then little snow on the remaining route. A few snow crossings on the upper face, spikes and ice axe were helpful. For some parts of the route that wrapped around the north side (first bend in route photo 14), the snow made it the poorer choice and most groups stayed left. By the time I came down the amphitheater already had less snow coverage, so it may melt out mostly in a week or more. I recommend an early start for the snow, I was coming down around 1pm and the melt out made everything extremely muddy. I think about 6 people on the route all day. Also tons of goats! 
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Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2020-09-05, By: strayster2
Info: Still totally dry, go get it while it's summer conditions! 
Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2020-08-27, By: s mckinney10
Info: Perfect conditions, there wasn't much smoke due to the wind direction and the rain the previous night. We also ran into a total of 8 goats, including one hanging out on the geo marker at the summit. 
Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2020-08-23, By: taylorharris50
Info: Perfect conditions on Pyramid except for the smoke. Wore a mask on the way down and had elevated HR in the afternoon from exposure. Elks were a lot better than the front range but not great. Otherwise epic day on Pyramid climbing with the mountain goats. 
Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2020-08-22, By: LetsGoMets
Info: Summer conditions, poor air quality. Haze made Snowmass and Capitol barely visible all day, wore a mask for the entire hike out. 
Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2020-08-17, By: ellenmseb
Info: ROAD: No traffic jams on 82 (independence pass) either at 4am or 6pm. CDOT is stationed on both sides to prevent trucks from going through. Smooth going. SMOKE: Light haze. Smoke is visible but does not impact breathing or burn my eyes. See pic. PARKING: Permit/parking enforcement is generous! I had a 12am-4:30pm permit. I forgot to print it out; forgot to bring my National Parks pass which had made the permit free; and left at 6pm. No parking ticket!! Also, back in June I had a 5pm-8pm permit for 1 person, but they let my car with 3 people through. SNOW/WATER: Only water source is dirty snow patches in the Ampitheatre. I drank them because I forgot to fill at Crater Lake. (Generally Pyramid trail doesn't go to Crater Lake, but I was supposed to meet someone there) TRAIL: stage 1. Beautifully built but extremely steep dirt trail up to Ampitheatre stage 2. talus hopping through ampitheatre. stage 3. 1000ft of suck to saddle. Loose dirt, scree and crappy rock topped with more scree. This is the hardest part of the climb. Just be mentally prepared for the suck. I experimented with trying to climb on rock instead of the loose trail, but found the trail is the easiest way. stage 4. Fun scramble. Extremely well-cairned. Decent rock. Have fun! 
Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2020-07-28, By: ncxhjhgvbi
Info: I just wanted to reiterate the most previous report - the current wet conditions definitely make the gulley a lot easier than it might be otherwise. I have not done it in dry conditions, but it seems like it would be pretty awful. It rained off and on from about 730pm to midnight on the 26th while we were at camp, and with that timing the gulley was still wet and consolidated but the rock on the upper part of pyramid was already mostly dry. The goats followed us from 12,000' to the top and then back down to 10,800'. My partner and I were the only group on Pyramid all day on the 27th! 
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Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2020-07-27, By: mickknu16
Info: Summer conditions, no traction needed. A bit of snow left in the amphitheater, but it can be easily bypassed or used for a quicker descent. Lots of natural rockfall after the heavy rains this week. The rains actually made the scrambling on the loose rock/dirt above the amphitheater easier than it would have been normally I think. Goat traffic was thick, but we were the 2nd of only 3 groups summiting on the day. Most rockfall was from the goats, who were a very entertaining part of our time on the mountain. Fun to watch, but no joke, they are very in your face once they find you. Weather held all morning somehow and we had a surreal summit in thick fog. 
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Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2020-07-20, By: Wild Bill
Info: Not too bad. Steep climb all the way to the top. Trail has been improved up to the hanging basin. I got a really late start and never met a person on the trail. Biggest considering factor is the mountain goats sending a rock down on you. The last 800 feet of this climb is no joke, be careful. The return trip is much tougher as always. Incredible view. 
Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2020-07-11, By: PikaSteve
Info: Bluebird day With summer conditions on Pyramid Peak. More goat traffic than climber traffic. Parking reservation requirement meant only five cars in day use lot at 5am Friday. Only five climbers on mountain. Snow path option continuous from 11,300 to 11,900 through amphitheater, but can avoid completely except for two flat, short crossings without traction. Completely snow free from 12,000 to 13,000 saddle. Less than five steps on snow for small snow remnants between saddle and green rock entrance. 
Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2020-07-05, By: CaptCO
Info: Had the entire NE trail to myself today which was surprising. The cute girls at the entrance told me I can return the next morning with overnight parking pass (winning!). Minor deadfall on the trail but fairly straightforward to the amphitheater. I was naive and thought there would be running water to filter, but wasn't. I had to hike near crater lake to source water, then returned to pyramid trail. Once in the amp, gulley was still filled in. This made donning pons and going straight up pretty easy. After the boulder field prior to the 1000' SOB slope, it was easy going and gained the saddle. Saddle to green rock had 1-2 avoidable or very short packed snowfields, no need for traction. Had to wait out an unforecasted hail shower near the ridge, but luckily cleared up after 15min and I was able to tag summit. This is probably the loosest rock I've experienced on a route, thankfully nobody else was on it. I believe with flawless route-finding you can keep this at class 3. I did a little bit of everything and it was fun climbing once you gain green rock. Not much else to say 
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Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2020-07-02, By: Wookie Horn
Info: Had Pyramid all to myself today. Only saw one other climber headed up while I was headed down. Snow in the amphitheater was firm in the early morning. I used crampons but spikes should be fine. The climbers trail through the amphitheater is fully exposed and great shape. There is one snow patch in a gully just before the green rock that is not easily avoided. It was firm in the morning but very soft, to the point of nearing failure by 10AM. Otherwise, the route is in full on summer conditions. On the way up I largely just followed my eye as the route went. On the way down I was more particular about following the carins and that kept the climbing reasonable...maybe 1 or 2 4th class moves. I'll post pictures when I can. The reservation system is certainly keeping the numbers down. I was one of two in the parking lot at 3AM. -Wookie Horn 
Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2020-06-22, By: wushock316
Info: Climbed pyramid today. Trail is in great condition. Easy snow in the amphitheater. From 13,000' to about 13,600 ish there is still snow to deal with in 5 small sections. Early start recommended as this snow is melting fast. Ice axe highly recommended, and traction is helpful if you don't want to get really creative on route finding alternatives on a few of the crossings 
Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2020-06-15, By: HikerBox
Info: Pyramid is still very snowy! Two axes, crampons and an early start are highly recommended! Ridge has a cornice blocking the entrance to the cliff traverse which can be easily down climbed at the end, didnt realize until the way back - you will see my tracks coming down from climbers right in the gully to access the ridge. Cliff traverse had lots of very steep snow filled gullies to cross. Lots of snow above the green rock band that forces you onto the ridge for some exposed but fun class 4. Upper snowfield is incredibly steep but can be bypassed climbers right about 150 or 200 vert from the summit. Snow in the amphitheater was solid in AM and PM. 
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