Friday night we camped at the abandon trailer park just off the 190. Pyramid Peak in the back is in view from our campsite.
Joe(me), Norma, Sooz and Cori at the start of the hike at 3000 feet.
The first section is a 2.5 mile hike with a 800 foot gain that will take us to the ridge we will follow to the peak. We are heading for the low spot on the ridge.
After about two miles we reached the start of the canyon that leads to a ridge.
Climbing the slope to get up on the ridge.
Hiking along the ridge was more difficult than we expect.
The first section of the ridge had this black rock. It was steep, sharp and hard to pick a path through.
Still making our way on the black rock. We were wondering if there was another route we could use for the hike down.
Climbing back up to the ridge after going around a rocky section.
Sooz and Cori checking out the view. This shot shows what the ridge line looked like in the black rock section.
On the saddle just past the black rocks, the route finding became easy from this point on. On the hike down, we descended from this saddle down a canyon to avoid the black rock.
Cori aka Snownymph
Cori's srceaming monkey.
Sooz at the spot we took a short snack break.
Hiking on after the break.
We gained about 700 feet hiking up this steep loose slope. I haven't been doing many big hikes lately and I was getting exhausted at this point.
While on the steep slope, I found some fossils.
One last fossil shot.
A view to the southeast as we near the summit.
The ladies up ahead climbing up a chute.
Zoomed in on the same chute.
Me, Norma, Sooz and Cori on the summit of Pyramid Peak at 6,703 feet.
The summit register.
Sooz was looking through the old register and found the entree from Tom Gossett from 14 years ago.
Norma, she just started hiking peaks a few months ago and has already done some of the tough ones.
Survey marker on the peak.
Zoomed in on the trailer park and our vehicles in the circle 3,700 feet below.
View to the north.
Looking northeast into Nevada.
Looking southeast at the south end of the Funeral Mountains of which Pyramid Peak is in. The mountains in this shot are in the Funeral Mountains Wildrness which is outside Death Valley Nat'l Park. In the distance are the snow capped Spring Mountains in Nevada.
Zoomed in on the Spring Mountains.
Beyond the Funeral Moutains, little Eagle Mountain stands alone next to a dry lake bed.
Zoomed in on Eagle Mountain.
View to the west towards the Panamint Moutains in back and the Black Mountains in front of them.
Zoomed in on the Golden Canyon area in the Black Mountains.
Norma, Sooz and Cori.
Sooz's monkey is back in the pack and ready for the hike down.
Took this shot from the peak as we started the hike down.
Cori up front leading the way down. She lead the hike most of the day.
Starting down the steep slope that wiped me out on the way up.
The colors and views on this hike are some of the best of any of the desert peaks that I've climbed.
Making our way down the canyon to avoid the black rock section that we had trouble with on the way up.
Off the mountain and starting the 2.5 mile hike back to the vehicles.
Finished the hike just as it got dark.
Back at camp at the trailer park.
Sooz's new purple monkey makes it's first flight at night.