Pyramid Peak (Colorado)

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Pyramid Peak
Pyramid Peak.jpg
Pyramid Peak as seen from Maroon Peak in 2009
Highest point
Elevation 14,025 ft (4,275 m) [1][2]
Prominence 1,638 ft (499 m) [3]
Isolation 2.09 mi (3.36 km) [3]
Parent peak Maroon Peak
Listing Colorado Fourteener 47th
Coordinates 39°04′18″N 106°57′01″W / 39.0716843°N 106.9501651°W / 39.0716843; -106.9501651Coordinates: 39°04′18″N 106°57′01″W / 39.0716843°N 106.9501651°W / 39.0716843; -106.9501651[1]
Pyramid Peak is located in Colorado
Pyramid Peak
Pyramid Peak
Location Pitkin County, Colorado, U.S[4]
Parent range Elk Mountains[3]
Topo map USGS 7.5' topographic map
Maroon Bells, Colorado
First ascent 1909 by Percy Hagerman and Harold Clark
Easiest route Exposed scramble, class 4

Pyramid Peak is a fourteen thousand foot mountain in the U.S. state of Colorado. It is the 47th highest mountain peak in Colorado, and 78th highest peak in the United States. It is located in the Elk Mountains in southeastern Pitkin County, approximately 12 miles (19 km) southwest of Aspen. The summit somewhat resembles a ragged square pyramid and is visible from the Roaring Fork River valley north of Aspen along the canyon of Maroon Creek.

Like many of the peaks in the Elks, Pyramid Peak is quite steep, especially compared to more gentle fourteeners such as Mount Elbert. For example, the peak's summit rises 4,000 feet (1,200 m) above Crater Lake to the northwest in only 1.2 miles (1.9 km), and 4,400 feet (1,300 m) above East Maroon Creek to the east of the peak in the same horizontal distance.[5]


View of Pyramid Peak from Aspen Highlands

The standard climbing routes on Pyramid Peak are the northeast and northwest ridges (the latter is also known as the "Keyhole Route"). These routes involve difficult route finding (very difficult, in the case of the northwest ridge), high exposure, and a great deal of loose rock. Hence they are two of the most difficult and dangerous of all of the standard routes on the Colorado fourteeners.[6]

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  1. ^ a b "PYRAMID". NGS data sheet. U.S. National Geodetic Survey. Retrieved October 21, 2014. 
  2. ^ The elevation of Pyramid Peak includes an adjustment of +2.009 m (+6.59 ft) from NGVD 29 to NAVD 88.
  3. ^ a b c "Pyramid Peak, Colorado". Retrieved October 21, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Pyramid Peak". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved November 13, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Pyramid Peak". TopoQuest. Retrieved 2008-12-01. 
  6. ^ Dawson, Louis W., II (1994). Dawson's Guide to Colorado's Fourteeners. Volume 1. Blue Clover Press. ISBN 0-9628867-1-8. 

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