Pyramid Mountain Scramble

Jasper National Park

Route to the summit of Pyramid Mountain via the north ridge.

Alpine Climbing Easy

Distance
4.8 km
Ascent
748 m
Descent
737 m
Low Point
2 km
High Point
2.7 km
Gradient
24˚
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Pyramid Mountain Scramble Map

Description

Pyramid Mountain is a token spectacle on the skyline over Jasper. It’s the huge peak that rises west of town and over the popular destination Pyramid Lake. This scrambler’s route on the north ridge is considered easy by mountaineering standards, but still requires a long day because of the approach. It’s best approached by biking the fire road that climbs from Pyramid Lake.

The road ends in a meadow at the base of the mountain. Once there, leave your bike and look for a trail that climbs the ridge. Follow it through the timberline and up steepening switchbacks to the ridge crest. A few simple scramble moves may be required to gain the crest, but once on top, the walking becomes much easier for a little while. The final kilometer or so steepens significantly, and you’ll alternate between steep hiking and hand-and-foot scrambling, crossing a few false summits along the way. There is mild exposure in a few places, but no significant difficulties under dry conditions. Once on top, you may be surprised to find a concrete slab leveling the summit. This was once the sight of a repeater tower, but it has been removed.

Sources: https://giantsgate.com/destinations/pyramidmountain/ http://bobspirko.ca/Jasper/Pyramid/Pyramid.htm

Difficulty

Easy

The ascent involves simple glacier hiking and/or short, straightforward rock scrambles. Equivalent to Alpine F, F+

Low Exposure

1 out of 4

The route is well protected or easy enough that protection is not required.

Remoteness

3 out of 4

Little chance of being seen or helped in case of an accident.

Best time to visit

June, July, August, September

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