Pyramid Peak

Featured photo of Pyramid Peak

Pyramid Peak is composed of the same maroon-colored rock as the nearby Maroon Bells. This rock is very loose and brittle, and requires great care when climbing on it. Because of the loose rock, Pyramid ranks as one of Colorado's toughest fourteeners. If the best route is taken, this is an enjoyable and beautiful climb with great views of all the Elk Range fourteeners, especially the Maroon Bells.

Elevation (feet): 14,018
Elevation (meters): 4,273
Continent: North America
Country: United States
Range/Region: Elk Range Area
State: Colorado
Latitude: 39.0714
Longitude: -106.95
Difficulty: Scramble
Best months for climbing: Jul, Aug, Sep
Year first climbed: 1909
First successful climber(s): Percy Hagerman & Harold Clark
Nearest major airport: Aspen
Convenient Center: Aspen

Thanks to Kirk Mallory for adding this peak.

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 23 trip reports for Pyramid Peak.

Select any entry from the list below:

  • Log #21405 - by Patrick L. Lilly on Aug 30, 2008
    Followed the standard NE ridge route on a beautiful, sunny day. 5 am MDT start, summit at 12:30 pm, ½ hr. on summit, 6pm back at TH. Accomopanied by daughter Trish.
  • Log #20561 - by Matt Van Wieren on Dec 28, 2006
    Interesting Peak with some loose rock and exposure. Great views from the top of the Bells.
  • Log #10575 - by Keegan Parker on Aug 22, 2004
    I summited Pyramid on my fourteenth birthday and it was my twelth fourteener. It took us 9 hours round trip but this was because one of the people we were climbing with was afraid of heights. We also...
  • Log #10576 - by Kevin MacDonald on July 07, 2004
    this was a pretty exhausting climb it took us 9 hours round trip. most of the time we spent route finding, but once you get near the top on the NE ridge the carins get better. The view was great, the...
  • Log #10577 - by Frank Konsella on Mar 06, 2004
  • Log #10578 - by Erik Etheridge on Dec 25, 2003
    This was my 1st 14,000 foot peak, and one of the greatest accomplishments of my life!!! I had always wanted to live in the mountains of Colorado, and when asked if I wanted to go on a hiking trip I...
  • Log #10579 - by Tyler B on Sep 29, 2003
    Relentlessly steep! That is the thing I'll remember most about this climb! The last 1000' are worth all of the grunt work to get there though. Fun route finding, and great summit. Fun ledges and...
  • Log #10580 - by Ryan Badtke on Aug 24, 2003
    The hike to the ampitheater was really steep but the climb itself was a cake walk. This was 14er #41 for me and I have to say this peak had the best views yet. If you want to read my trip report go...
  • Log #10581 - by Heidi Kneller on Aug 04, 2003
    Left Longmire at 9:00 AM and returned by 6:00 PM. Trail is good and easy to follow - even the 'unmaintained' section past mirror lakes. The bugs are nearly unbearable but water is plentiful. A...
  • Log #10582 - by Michael Jake on July 29, 2003
    #41. The views from the top of Pyramid are amazing. Beyond that the hike up was less than appealing. Its very steep, very loose and not really enjoyable.
  • Log #10583 - by Matt Loscalzo on Oct 18, 2002
    Excellent peak. I lived at the base of Aspen Highlands, so I had a perfect view of Pyramid out my bedroom window, beckoning to be climbed. Not a particularly hard climb, but challenging. The loose...
  • Log #10584 - by David Witte on Aug 10, 2002
    Out of the 20 fourteeners that I have done so far, this was the toughest. The loose rock makes it a tough climb because every other hand hold you grab on to comes off the mountain. The last 1000 feet...
  • Log #10585 - by Rob McCammon on July 17, 2002
    Steep all the way, loose rock and pretty good exposure made it exciting, but not too bad. Rope would be pretty useless. Best summit view out of the 30 14ers I've climbed to date.
  • Log #10586 - by Marshall Hall on June 28, 2002
    Very loose rock. Shale is like a stack of plates - it's OK to push down but don't pull out! Spectacular views.
  • Log #10587 - by Mike Roth on Oct 03, 2001
    Lots of fun by way of the NE ridge. Easier than N. Maroon. Excellent weather and views.
  • Log #10588 - by Tomas Bartusek on Oct 02, 2001
    I went with my friend Mat. We did Maroon Bells loop last week and decided to go for Pyramid. We started hiking at 8:15am and stopped at maroon lake to watch beavers working on their lodge. It looked...
  • Log #10589 - by Andrew Hay on July 09, 2001
    Well, Pyramid was a rotten mountain. It was highly overated compared to what I expected. But overall, it was a fun climb with good views.
  • Log #10590 - by Matt Kirk on Nov 03, 2000
    Greetings 14er climbers and enthusiasts. I just wanted to let everyone know that there should be a 14ers forum coming soon at If you have the time, please come by and...
  • Log #10591 - by Doug Farquhar on Nov 02, 2000
    So I'm going to recall my ascent, before posting it on the Peak web site, and try to make an accurate account of climbing Pyramid Peak, 14,018 ft. Slept in the back of Todd's 4-Runner, which was...
  • Log #10592 - by Ray, Raul and Chuck on Sep 18, 2000
    GREAT experience of endurance hard work and complete satisfaction!
  • Log #10593 - by Andrew Hay on Sep 11, 2000
    Took southeast route. started to snow on us at the crux of the climb. Incredible mountain!
  • Log #10594 - by Jason Halladay on Aug 03, 2000
    Like Kirk, we took the Northeast ridge route up Pyramid. We had some difficulty finding the trail that broke off the Crater lake trail. To find it, hike further towards Crater lake than you would...
  • Log #10595 - by Kirk Mallory on Aug 01, 1999
    I expected this peak to be a lot harder than it was. This was my 44th Colorado fourteener. I took the Northeast Ridge route, which is very steep. Once on the ridge, the climbing was fun.