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Pyramid Peak via Pyramid Lake Trail
Timestamp Free: 2020.08.04 - 09:27:59
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Cascade Range / Washington Cascades
(1 days) Elevation Gain: 1808m
Participants: Don Funk
Difficulty: 2: Steep, rugged climbers track, glacier travel, class 2 scramble.
Hike up to Colonial Glacier, which is crossed, and then traverse over to Pyramid Peak which is an easy scramble.
After a rewarding day spent on Eldorado Peak the preceding day, I packed up camp early in the morning. With a good stretch of summer weather continuing, I decided on another trip. I made the drive down from the campground I was staying at, to the Pyramid Lake trail head along the North Cascades Highway in search for yet another mountain adventure. I had previously read about a good trail to Pyramid Lake and a climbers track beyond, which gives access to the Colonial Glacier and surrounding peaks. Some of these include Colonial Peak, Paul Bunyans Stump, Pinnacle Peak, Pyramid Peak, and Snowfield Peak amongst others. On a previous trip to the summit of Mount Spickard, I had a tantalizing glimpse into this rugged region. The south side of Pyramid Peak looked like a good scramble, possibly attainable in a day. So I packed up for a day hike, which included an ice axe and crampons for the anticipated glacier travel, and was on the trail at about 8:30 AM.
The trail to Pyramid Lake is well maintained and was only about a half hour to cover the roughly 3 kilometers to the lake. I stopped for a break and some breakfast, and chatted briefly with a couple at the lake. Most people make this lake (pond) their destination as the trail beyond is just a climbers track which sees little or no regular maintenance. The hiking couple I met were planning to continue until they surpassed their comfort level.
From the lake, the track climbs in a mostly southerly direction towards the main ridge which runs north east of Pyramid Peak. This track is a little indistinct in places, although generally not too hard to follow. Further along the ridge, you gain a flat section where views of the surrounding peaks begin to open up, and the magnificent rock horn of Pyramid Peak inspires...
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