Pyramid Mountain Trail

 3 votes

2.8 Miles 4.5 Kilometers


Singletrack

2,506' 764 m

Ascent

-359' -109 m

Descent

3,009' 917 m

High

860' 262 m

Low

19%

Avg Grade (11°)

68%

Max Grade (34°)

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Climb to the summit of an old WWII lookout, high above one of Washington's most stunning lakes.

Doug Scott

Overview

May be seasonally closed due to conditions.
Features: Birding — Lake — Spring — Views — Wildflowers
Dogs: No Dogs

Description

Prone to washouts and closures, the stunning hike up to Pyramid Peak affords you incredible views of the always impressive Lake Crescent. Pyramid Mountain, also called Pyramid Peak, was once a WWII lookout tower. Now, the mountain is best known for epic views and burning legs from the steep ascent. This isn't a trail for everyone, and the elevation gain combined with crossing the slide area near the summit is enough to force many to turn around before the summit. Only attempt this route in good weather, unless you are used to the loose terrain and rough trails of Olympic National Park.

The trail gets more gorgeous with each passing mile, with the first mile being the least pretty. That isn't a slam on the first section of the trail, but a testament to the beauty awaiting visitors during the final mile and a half. With larger trees all around, the path crosses a creek at about a mile and a half and then starts to steeply rise. Past the creek, you'll reach a slide area that has undergone a lot of work by numerous trail crews. The rote used to be incredibly narrow and sketchy, but is now slightly easier for those used to some exposure on trails.

Past the slide area, there are a few switchbacks waiting before you crest the final ridge and are rewarded with the impressive view of Lake Crescent and the Northern Olympic Peninsula. Take in the views from the location of the old WWII aircraft lookout station and enjoy the splendor and beauty of the state of Washington's second deepest lake.

Flora & Fauna

Old growth forests, awesome madrona and salal are commonly seen. Animal wise, you might catch glimpse of a few deer, but eagles and hawks are much more common.

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Jul 24, 2017
Isabel Cardenas
Really fun, though foggy at the top 8mi
Jun 28, 2017
Andrew Webster
Steep ascent but worth the view at the top. Watch your step over the landslide area! 7mi — 2h 00m
Apr 1, 2017
Tyler Finley
Sep 7, 2016
Ryan McQuillen
2.8mi

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