The Pyramid area is one of the warmest (south facing) crags in The Park. Most of the established routes are on good varnish which ranges from perfect white varnish ("White Dihedral") to great brown varnish ("Wrap that Rascal", "The Six Finger Fist). There are several very good crack and face routes. Recommended crack routes include "High Tops" 5.10a*,"Wrap That Rascal" 5.10b*,"White Dihedral" 5.7* (white varnish dihedral just right of High Tops) and "The Six Finger Fist" 5.10a* (the wide splitter 100 meters left of the bottom of High Tops). Good face routes include "The Snakeye Pillar" 5.7* (continuous, 4 bolts) and "Stink Finger" 5.10* (sport bolted, 8 bolts). There is a 3 bolt 5.7 called "Stink Steak" just right of the "White Dihedral."
Hike up Rattlesnake Canyon past slabs and waterfalls for approximately 20-30 minutes past where the canyon turns west. Soon after turning west the canyon opens up and the Rattlesnake Buttress and The Bulkhead will be seen up on the left side of the canyon. 200 meters past this point you will see large slabby formations up on the right wall of the canyon. This is the Pyramid area.
Weather station 5.9 miles from here
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Wrap That Rascal 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b CA
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Wrap That Rascal is a fun and technical route. You can start in an easy crack on the left side of the lower tier or a short sharp and steep splitter hand crack to the right (5.10a). This leads to a ledgy section in the middle. Scramble up to the base of the final thin crack. The final 30 feet is continuous and technical 5.10b on great brown varnish....[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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Pyramid from the wash. Photo by Blitzo.
By Anonymous Coward
Mar 3, 2004
The Pyramid is a broad southfacing crag on the sunny side of upper Rattlesnake Canyon. It is located a couple hundred yards past Rattlesnake Buttress, on the other side of the Canyon.
Hike up Rattlesnake Canyon. After 10-15 minutes the canyon turns right. The Pyramid is another 5 minutes further on, on the right. It's sort of a jumbled mass of cracks, slabs, etc. The crag gets sun pretty much all day.