This entire area abuts the southern border of Glacier Peak Wilderness Area, and has been designated as one of many Wenatchee and Okanogan Roadless Areas being studied for potential inclusion into the Wilderness. Visit while you can, and don't forget to sign in at every opportunity and let FS know that mountain bikers do use the trail system.
Pyramid Mountain, located on the western side of Lake Chelan, is amongst the more popular summits in a region with very few popular summits. At over 8200 feet, it is a very worthy destination and a wonderful summit to attain. The summit itself is home to stellar views of hundreds and hundreds of other Cascades including Mount Rainier, Mount Stuart, Glacier Peak, Mount Maude and Seven Fingered Jack. To be honest, I think it is one of the most beautiful views I have seen period.
To reach this summit you must be willing to endure an 18-mile roundtrip hike that goes up 3000 cumulative feet and down 1200 cumulative feet. That being said the trail is completely a simple walk up when snow free (August and September) and has no steep angles or exposure, which is very rare for Washington State. On average it should take 5-10 hours (5-7 in shape and avid hiker) (8-10 moderate hiker) to complete loop hike. The trail itself side traverses two other named peaks in Crow Hill and Graham Mountain. Each are attainable via simple off trail bushwhacks. The two trails that should be followed are Trail 1433 (6 miles) and Trail 1441 (3 miles). Both are presently in very good shape and trail crews are actually improving them as this page is being written. If you are willing to endure some ups and down on your ride, I can't think of better summit to go to during August and September.
Here are some other notes about this amazing summit. First there is actually a camping area on the summit, which is home to amazing 360-degree views. Also the trailhead here starts off very high at 6500 feet so it is weather exposed. Watch your weather forecast and snowline forecast. Also this mountain is best to be attempted in August and September where the trailhead is completely melted out. Going earlier makes you risk making this a much longer journey that the already 18 miles and 4200 of cumulative elevation gain you will already have to go through. Also there are plenty of larches here, which make a hike here in late September and early October more than ideal
I will say this, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS SUMMIT FOR ITS OUTSTANDING VIEWS!! It is clearly a special destination and there is a good chance you with have the summit if not the whole trail to yourselves. Rarely in this state will you see such a well-paced trail to a summit, which receives little traffic and has this incredible of views. This rare combination makes summit truly special.
Waaaay out in the boonies, the closest place to buy anything is a small general store on Entiat River Road near turn off to get to Lower Mad River Trail.
From Seattle area, pick your route to get to Wenatchee. From Wenatchee, take 97A North and drive for appx. 18 miles to Entiat River Road and turn left. If you came into the town of Entiat, you went too far. From the turn off, drive for appx. 29 miles on twisty paved road and turn right onto Shady Pass Road (gravel). The road climbs steadily (passable with a passenger car but better with a high clearance vehicle), turn left onto FS Road 112 at appx. 8 mile mark. Drive for another 2 miles or so and reach the trailhead.
Pyramid is the highest legal trail in Washington that you can ride your mountain bike on!
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More Stats for Pyramid Mountain Peak Trail #1441 mountain bike trail
Altitude change1,349 ft
Altitude min6,660 ft
Altitude max8,238 ft
Altitude start6,874 ft
Altitude end8,222 ft
Distance climb2 miles
Distance down2,076 ft
Distance flat38 ft
Avg reverse time01:20:07
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