6 reviews Eldorado National Forest #2 hike out of 82 in
2 hrs 9 min
This is a difficult out and back trail to Pyramid Peak in Eldorado National Forest.
This trail goes by Hogsback.
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This is a short hike with a lot of vertical. 3.2 miles and 4000ft straight up. There is no trailhead and you have to park on the south side of 50 and run up the bank on the north side then pick up one of the several use trails going uphill. There are few views going up the canyon until you climb up onto the ridge at mile approx 2.5 and then the views are beautiful. North easterlies of 10-20mph had blown away the smoke from the deadly Camp fire and there was no indication of smoke or fire. The last 250 vertical is all big boulder Class 2, and does not work for dogs. Views on top were great. Big Lake Aloha below looked empty with just a few ponds. I was hoping for a way down there so I could make a one way out to Lake Echo next year but I guess that is not so easy. All told a good workout. Took me and my daughter 5 hours out and back.★ ★ ★
Pyramid Peak, Tahoe National Forest
Went with Emily and little dog Annie. Annie could not make the last 200ft. Class 2 but big rocks and I tried to carry her but would have been risky coming down. Emily stayed with Annie and I made the top. Aloha Lake reduces to a few ponds. Don’t know if the authorities emptied it for power or it just drained out by end of season. Assume it will be full by Spring.
New Track 8/11/18 8:48:33 AM
This was definitely an ego killer. Last year I did this in 10 hours. This year, after not having hitting summits the last few weeks, it took us 12 hours. Many breaks to breathe and acclimate before continuing on.