I must say figuring out a pleasant way to climb The Pyramid in one day is tricky. I
attempted it a few years ago by way of a network of trails marked on the maps on the
ridgeline east of Anderson Creek.
If I can remember correctly, we started up Anderson Creek for about one mile, then gained
the ridge to the right, and followed it with the idea that we would intersect the trail
marked on the 1987 quadrangle that begins in Mill Creek upstream from Lambert Creek.
We expected to intersect the trail on a bare ridge above 8400 feet, but were unable to find
any trail there. One portion of the ridge was bare, but it mostly is very thick timber with
much deadfall. We began bushwhacking back down into the head of Anderson Creek, then asked
ourselves if it was worth it and decided to bag it for another day.
After that, I had determined that the best way to The Pyramid from Mill Creek was indeed
just bushwhacking directly up Anderson Creek, but would not be so bold as to put this in
the book without checking it out firsthand. Thus, I settled on the safe bet along the
lengthy and monotonous East Fork trail.
After publication, I met Dale Sexton from Livingston, a man with great energy. He told me
the best way that he has found to climb The Pyramid is by way of what he calls "Anderson
Ridge." This is the long ridge that one can gain easily by a trail in East Dam Creek. This
very long and undulating route makes up for its length by offering astounding views almost
the entire way.
What a great idea....I think I'll try this one next summer! Perhaps a traverse utilizing
Meatrack Creek would be fun, as I've always been curious about this as an approach to The
Pyramid as well.
Have a good one.
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