Pyramid Peak is a monolith that lies just [east] of the Maroon Bells that offers some moderate alpine and couloir climbs. Being in such close proximity of the Bells, Pyramid shares many of the same characteristics as the Bells, such as exposed climbs, loose rock and inadequate protection. Caution should be exercised and a helmet should always be worn. Pyramid is also a fourteener at 14,018' which can make it a popular destination. The real challenge of the peak can be conquering it in the winter.
Most Climbs on Pyramid Peak are from the Maroon Lake Trailhead. The trailhead can be accessed from Colorado 82 by turning west on Maroon Lake Road from Aspen. For more detailed driving instructions refer to either Roach's or Dawson's Fourteener books. Also, the access to the trailhead can be restrictive during peak hours in the summer, and a shuttle may be needed; however, if you get there early enough it shouldn't be a problem.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Pyramid Peak:
Northwest Ridge Alpine, Grade II
Northeast Ridge 4th PG13 Trad, Chipped, Alpine, 4400 feet, Grade II
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Northeast Ridge 4th PG13 CO : Alpine Rock : Pyramid Peak
The Northeast Ridge is the standard summit route for Pyramid Peak. Like all routes on Pyramid, there is plenty of loose rock and tricky route finding; however, for competent rock climbers, this is an easy scramble. If you follow your nose and stay on route, the route is fairly tame. This is a fairly short climb, by 14er standards, only about 8 miles of hiking round-trip; however, there is a great deal of scree & talus hopping, making progrss slow & tedious. This is an alp...[more] Browse More Classics in CO