Pyramid Lake Trail
ElevationAscent: 1,497' 456 m
Descent: -3' -1 m
High: 2,626' 800 m
Low: 1,131' 345 m
GradeAvg Grade: 16% (9°)
Max Grade: 47% (25°)
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“A beautiful, easy, family-friendly trail leading back to a small clear lake surrounded by mountains.”— debra greutman
Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Spring · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife
From the north Cascades Hwy traveling east through the North Cascades National Park, the trailhead will be on the right side just before Diablo Lake and after George Lake. It is well marked with good parking at the trailhead.
The trail meanders back through the green canopy with views of the North Cascades, Pyramid Creek, and a small waterfall. You'll be ascending near to this cool, clear stream for the majority of the trail, and there are some points where the grades are a bit strenuous. The trail ends at Pyramid Lake with its astonishing crystal clear waters reflecting the blue sky, surrounded by mountains with snow melt waterfalls flowing down into the lake. The water is icy cold, so wading or swimming can be dangerous. Though getting in the water might not be a great idea, the lake still provides an incredibly scenic ending point. It is a great time to stop and sit on the benches provided and to soak in the peacefulness surrounding you.
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Land Manager: NPS - North Cascades National Park