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black Pyramid Peak - Rocky Canyon Trail

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Trail

6.5 mile 10.5 kilometer loop
Singletrack
Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 3,915' 1,193 m
Descent: -3,913' -1,193 m
High: 9,879' 3,011 m
Low: 5,964' 1,818 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 23% (13°)
Max Grade: 64% (33°)

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Trail shared by Miguel Vieira

An epic trail leading to the summit of iconic Pyramid Peak.

Miguel Vieira

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Overview

A monstrous, scenic climb to one of the most prominent peaks in South Lake Tahoe.

Need to Know

Parking and finding the trail can be tricky. Come early to nab one of a few parking spots.

Description

This unofficial trail starts just east of the creek that flows under Route 50. Look for a path up a steep embankment on the north side of the road.

Once you've found the right trail, it will be wide and clear - and remain that way until the summit. The trail is surprisingly steep and unrelenting.

The last few hundred feet of climbing are a hands-and-feet scramble up a jumbled pile of granite boulders.

The summit offers excellent views of the Crystal Range and Lake Aloha In the heart of the Desolation Wilderness. Once you've admired the views, return to your vehicle by heading down the way that you came.

Flora & Fauna

Ponderosa pine, incense cedar, sugar pine, and white fir thrive at lower elevations. Mountain hemlock, western white pine, lodgepole pine, red fir, and aspen dot the hills higher up. Whitebark pine are found below the summit.

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May 7, 2019
Michael Murdock
Gorgeous day. Not even a hint of a breeze. Crampons on at about 1/2 mi in. 4 hrs to summit and 2 back to TH
May 5, 2019
Marc Daniel
With Alberto with Splitboard — 7h 30m
Oct 30, 2018
Scott Gylling
Oct 21, 2018
Oliver Dong
Oct 13, 2018
Nicole Nem
Great 360 view. Used All Trails app a lot to track my progress; lost trail at least 3 times. Top 500-500 feet is a complete free for all up boulders. 6.5mi
Oct 10, 2018
Jennifer H
Very challenging. Glad we had a big breakfast. Monstrous was a great description. 6.5mi
Sep 20, 2018
Vittorio Somaschini
Not sure if we took the wrong path, but it was more than 6.5 miles. 8mi
Sep 16, 2018
Tim Hussey
Trail can be hard to follow at spots on the ascent

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  4.7 from 19 votes

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