Peak(s):  Pyramid Peak  -  14,018 feet
Date Posted:  08/09/2020
Modified:  08/19/2020
Date Climbed:   08/09/2020
Author:  SpringsDuke
Additional Members:   katfei, Jorgito
 #56 Pyramid Peak   

#56 Pyramid Peak

With the parking reservation system this year for the Maroon Trailhead I blacked out two dates for myself to summit Pyramid. It was the right way to do it cause my first date of 07/25/20 was a compete rain out. I didnt even leave Colorado Springs it rained so heavy that weekend Statewide. Pyramid first sight early am in this photo.

So the second date came today on 08/09/2020. Last chance to get a parking spot at the trailhead to complete this hike so here we go. Looking back down the amphitheater.

Looking up the slope from the amphitheater to the saddle of Pyramid.

First of many goat overlookers. Can you see him up there?

Here he is zoomed in. From here to the summit there is at least one goat watching, following, and sometimes getting in your way to the summit. No rock fall hazards or anything like that they were easy to work with today.

Reaching the top of the saddle.

Top of slope looking down in the alpine glow.

Time to climb!

Yeah sure you can come too.

Found two great partners from this site. Since I only had one day to get this climb and I screwed up two weeks ago route finding Capitol I decided it was best to find two strong climbers staying in Aspen who needed a ride up to the trailhead join. Was a great day and we made awesome time, perfect route finding up and down. Couldn't ask for better and now after North Maroon I will say that Pyramid is my second favorite 14er summit!

Making the way to the cliff traverse. The traverse is so easy and the leap of faith so short and simple the photos I took wont help any better than the 14er site.

After the cliff traverse going towards the gray rock.

Up the gully on the right then a quick traverse on the middle cliff over to the gray rock

Looking back at the cliff traverse from the start of the gray rock

Looking forward from the same spot as the photo above. This is the start of the gray rock. Solid and fun to climb. Im not sure what people are talking about when they say a cairned trail to climbers right in the red rock rib? I never saw it and the gray rock is good climbing up and down so no need for it.

Start of the gray rock

Climbing the gray rock

Climbing the gray rock

Climbing the gray rock. Looking up at the end of the gray rock.

Climbing the gray rock. Looking down from the top of the gray rock.

Looking left from the top of the gray rock you can see the cairn exit.

He is in the way here but he did not mind moving for us, thanks!

Looking up at the summit from where the goat in the picture above was standing. Pick your line. You can keep it easy by hitting the middle or you can keep it spicy by keeping to the right.

Summit close. See the moon in the photo? Right below it is the easy way up. Keep it fun class 4 by staying right and picking a line that interests you.

My favorite photo. Climber Cat nearing the summit with goat overlooker.

Jorgito keeping it class 4 spicy hitting the summit! You can even see a goat to his right admiring his skills lol.

Summit view. The Bells, Capitol, and Snowmass all seen.

Goat on summit marker.

Me on the diving board.

Leaving the summit. Takes as long as North Maroon pretty much. 4 hours up 3 hours down.

As is said about Pyramid it is a clear down climb. I would say its Class 4 up cause you cant see the route perfectly so you climb up when you need too. On the way down I dont recall making any Class 4 moves. I think we hit the trail perfect on the down climb and it stays class 3 the whole time. Gray rock and cliff traverse/leap of faith included.

Okay maybe some Class 4 down climb lol but it sure didnt feel like it.

Entering gray rock.

Exiting gray rock.

Moving down towards the cliff traverse/leap of faith

Looking back up at Pyramid.

The cliff traverse/leap of faith

And just like that back at the saddle. I love this type of scrambling. That's why North Maroon and Pyramid are my two favorite 14ers.

Going down the steep gully back to the amphitheater

Going down the steep gully back to the amphitheater

The Maroon Bells from the trailhead

Moose in Maroon Lake to end the day.

Drove a much more fun car to the trailhead than my regular truck you have seen in my trip reports. Independence Pass back to Colorado Springs in the twin turbo.

E400 on Independence Pass

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Comments or Questions

08/10/2020 08:21
Pyramid is a special peak, isn't it? Looks like you had a great time with solid partners. You are getting close to finishing!!!!!


Which is last?
08/13/2020 12:17
Capital or San Luis?

Excellent report
08/14/2020 00:04
Great report and wonderful photographs.
Nice car.

Great pictures of final ascent
08/14/2020 18:01
Great photos of the final ascent. You've captured pictures of the gray rock (green wall?) and beyond that most trip reports don't have that can be quite helpful. Thanks much.

Which is last?
08/15/2020 09:17
Guess we will find out soon stay tuned!

Yes the gray rock is the green wall. Maybe it was my sunglasses or maybe its a dry year without vegetation growing from the cracks but I saw no green tint to it at all.

Great climbing with you!
08/19/2020 12:09
And great photos too!! Never forget our goat overlords

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