“An epic trail leading to the summit of iconic Pyramid Peak.
— Miguel Vieira
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A monstrous, scenic climb to one of the most prominent peaks in South Lake Tahoe.
Need to Know
Parking and finding the trail can be tricky. Come early to nab one of a few parking spots.
This unofficial trail starts just east of the creek that flows under Route 50. Look for a path up a steep embankment on the north side of the road.
Once you've found the right trail, it will be wide and clear - and remain that way until the summit. The trail is surprisingly steep and unrelenting.
The last few hundred feet of climbing are a hands-and-feet scramble up a jumbled pile of granite boulders.
The summit offers excellent views of the Crystal Range and Lake Aloha In the heart of the Desolation Wilderness. Once you've admired the views, return to your vehicle by heading down the way that you came.
Flora & Fauna
Ponderosa pine, incense cedar, sugar pine, and white fir thrive at lower elevations. Mountain hemlock, western white pine, lodgepole pine, red fir, and aspen dot the hills higher up. Whitebark pine are found below the summit.