Pyramid Mountain

Pyramid Mountain: 3,100 ft.Elevation gain: 2,400 ft. Distance: 7 mi. Time: 5 hrs. Trailhead: 700 ft. Lookout on top. Enjoyment Rating 3.

Pyramid Mountain, upper right, from Storm King Mt.

Pyramid Mountain, upper right, from Storm King Mt.

Overview:Pyramid Mountain is a lower elevation hike but fairly steep. The trail leads through forest and along a ridge top to an old aircraft spotter’s lookout on top of the mountain. The view of beautiful Lake Crescent, directly below, is dramatic. Across the lake are Storm King Mt., Aurora Ridge and Happy Lake Ridge. And to the north are views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

Getting to The Trail:Go west from Port Angeles about 27 miles, around Lake Crescent, to the west end of the lake. Just beyond the lake, pass Fairholm store and turn at the first right on North Shore/Camp David Junior road. It’s 3 miles to the signed trailhead on the left. At the end of the road a mile farther is the west end of the Spruce Railroad Trail.

The Trail:The trail begins climbing steeply through thick salal and forest. At 1.5 miles cross a stream that partially washed out the trail, then cross a slide area that requires a little caution. At two miles climb to a saddle and a broad opening in the trees. Notice that just below the saddle to the north, is a narrow and steep forest service gravel road #3040, which runs all the way from hwy 112 to West Snider road, 9 miles west of Lake Crescent. The view north from the saddle includes the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Canada beyond. From the saddle the trail turns east, right, then switchbacks up the ridge and winds through some rock outcrops for the final 1.5 miles to the top.

Pyramid Peak:There are interesting views from all sides of the lookout. You will need to walk around the top to get the best views. Looking down east and south you feel like you are floating above Lake Crescent, 2,400 feet straight below. Storm King and Sourdough Mts. are across the lake. Farther south are distant views of Boulder Peak, Mt Appleton and Mt. Bogachiel rising above and beyond the Sol Duc valley. In the north is the Strait and western Vancouver Island.

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