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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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Northwest Ridge Alpine, Grade II
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Northwest Ridge CO : Alpine Rock : Pyramid Peak
This route is a very fun alpine climb which features elaborate views of the Maroon Bells. Start from the Maroon Lake trailhead, and hike west for about one mile until you encounter in a small, faint boulder field. From here, hike south-south east to a steep hill leading into Pyramid's north face basin. There are two "notches" that are a possibility when hiking up to this basin, and you want to chose the one on the left (east). Once you have hiked into this basin, you will then hike up a ste...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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