The trail to Pyramid Lake is two miles one way and moderately steep. The trail gains 1,500 feet through thick fir, pine then cedar forest en route to the lake. The trail is well maintained, which makes it good for families with small children. It is best hiked during the morning or evening hours to avoid crowds and have the best light.
Begin this hike from the pullout along Highway 20 at mile marker 127.5. The trailhead lies on the southern side of the road. The trail begins with switchbacks that lead south along the eastern bank of Pyramid Creek. At the top of these switchbacks hikers will notice Davis Peak, and glacier, Sourdough Mountain and Stetattle Creek across Gorge Lake.
Almost one mile from the trailhead, after gaining 740 feet, the trail crosses Pyramid Creek. The trail levels slightly then continues to climb again along the western bank of the creek. In the last mile to the lake the trail climbs approximately 860 feet. The lake is very small, but deep and lying at the heart of a Natural Research Area. There is no camping allowed within the area of Pyramid Lake.
Directions: From Colonial Creek, Drive west on Highway 20 to mile marker 127.5. Park in a pullout on the northern side of the road and walk south across the highway to the trailhead.
Elevation: 1,050 feet
Ending Elevation: 2,540 feet
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