Pyramid Peak mid-winter.
Pyramid Peak is best known for the ski descent that splits its face called Parachute. Its split northeast face is roughly 1100' of broken cliff.
The rock quality is typically very good granite and can offer some fantastic climbing. Unfortunately, there is also a lot of loose rock and occasional orange-ish intrusions of a lesser quality than the granite.
No matter how you look at it, getting to Pyramid Peak is a grunt. The most straight forward is to drive to the Sherwin Lakes / Valentine Lake trailhead. Follow the trail past the Sherwin Lakes towards Valentine Lake. Once more or less directly across from Pyramid Peak, make your way across a seemingly endless talus field to its base.
Another option is to start in the Lakes Basin. Make your way from the pack station straight up the Sherwins and follow the ridge to the summit of Pyramid, then continue a little farther to descend a loose scree slope to the base of the northeast face. This option is great in winter as the Sherwins are often free of snow along the ridge line and can offer much faster walking than through the trees and talus of the Sherwin Lakes approach.
Climbing Season For the High Sierra area.
Weather station 4.7 miles from here
1 Total Routes
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Featured Route For Pyramid Peak
Mostly Dead 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a CA
: High Sierra
: ... : Pyramid Peak
"Mostly Dead" takes the right arete of the southeastern half of the northeast face of Pyramid Peak. Overall it is an interesting route with some fun climbing. The first two pitches are clean, splitter, and classic; it would be a four star route if the whole route was like this. Unfortunately, the upper pitches are not quite as solid. The route starts 120m up the arete. Take the central couloir that splits Pyramid Peak's northeast face in two until an obvious sandy slope (2nd class) on ...[more] Browse More Classics in CA