Colorado 14ers: Pyramid Peak

Traverse slippery shale and narrow sandstone ledges up this exposed pinnacle. Helmets recommended and a stomach for gut-clenching scrambles is mandatory.
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Traverse slippery shale and narrow sandstone ledges up this exposed pinnacle. Helmets recommended and a stomach for gut-clenching scrambles is mandatory.

-Mapped by Lisa Heckel

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 6.0

Waypoints

Maroon Lake Trailhead

Location: 39.0982627868652, -106.942169189453

©Lisa Heckel

Heading southwest on the trail

Location: 39.0922431945801, -106.956657409668

©Lisa Heckel

Ascending the snowfield

Location: 39.0839233398438, -106.953498840332

©Lisa Heckel

Pyramid Peak summit

Location: 39.0717277526856, -106.950180053711

©Lisa Heckel

Narrow, rocky ridge

Location: 39.0744323730469, -106.946304321289

©Lisa Heckel

PMD001

Location: 39.0982131958008, -106.942115783691

Head W from Maroon Lake trailhead; pass Maroon Lake on L; the pyramid-shaped Maroon Bells provide a dramatic backdrop

PMD002

Location: 39.0969734191894, -106.94775390625

Cross stream and begin steady SW climb toward Crater Lake

PMD003

Location: 39.0927810668945, -106.956321716309

Look to the S for first views of Pyramid Peak from the trail

PMD004

Location: 39.0901489257812, -106.960266113281

Turn L @ jct. marked with a cairn; head SE on climber's trail toward boulder field

PMD005

Location: 39.0861015319824, -106.956298828125

Begin steep ascent towards a large bowl called "the amphitheatre"

PMD006

Location: 39.0860481262207, -106.95378112793

Head S; maneuver through a boulder field near tree line

PMD007

Location: 39.0849990844727, -106.953598022461

First views of Pyramid Peak's N face; continue S into the amphitheatre and follow snowfield

PMD008

Location: 39.0778503417969, -106.953018188477

Bear L toward a steep, scree gully that leads to the saddle. Leave snowfield and traverse boulder field

PMD009

Location: 39.0770988464356, -106.950065612793

Climb to the SE on steep scree field; a couloir straight ahead marks the way

PMD010

Location: 39.0764923095703, -106.947189331055

Continue heading SE into another gully that ascends to Pyramid Peak's NE ridge

PMD011

Location: 39.0756988525391, -106.945083618164

Turn R, heading SW on exposed ridgeline overlooking scree-filled gullies

PMD012

Location: 39.0745506286621, -106.946380615234

Traverse rocky ridge, staying high

PMD013

Location: 39.0735511779785, -106.947463989258

Traverse narrow ledge, then cross a large gully; head S towards greenish rock gully

PMD014

Location: 39.0730514526367, -106.948280334473

Leave green gully and veer L, heading S; follow cairns that dot the ridgeline to tackle Pyramid's rocky summit

PMD015

Location: 39.0717277526856, -106.950180053711

Pyramid Peak summit (14,018 ft.): Striking, sky-high views of the rugged Elk Range; the pointed peaks of the Maroon Bells create a jagged W skyline