Pyramid Mountain Scramble

Difficulty
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Very Hard
Duration
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10-12h
Distance
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28.2 km
Elevation
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1,555 m
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Overall Rating
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9.0
Physical Difficulty
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Advanced (Diamond)
Suitable for advanced experience level looking for a solid adventure.
Technical Difficulty
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Intermediate (Square)
Suitable for intermediates who are ready for a little bit more adventure.
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Pyramid Mountain Scramble

The famous Pyramid Mountain is one of Jasper’s premier landmarks. It casts unforgettable reflections on nearby Pyramid and Patricia lakes as it stands tall above. This scramble route requires a full day’s effort and will leave your legs screaming by the time you finish up the lengthy distance and elevation gains required to reach the summit.

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Route Description for Pyramid Mountain Scramble

From the Pyramid Mountain parking lot, walk to the looker’s right of the lake, finding Pyramid Mountain Fire Road. This is where most adventurers choose to ride their bikes. There is an option to ride the fire road section of this trail which saves a lot of time and effort. This is a long, strenuous day, so cutting some effort out is a smart idea.

Most visitors will be stopping at the lake and enjoying some easy strolls in the area. Those who choose to tackle Pyramid Mountain are in for a big adventure. This is an exhilarating day out reserved for truly zealous adventurers.

Head up the fire road for 8.0 km until you come to a fork in the trail. This trail to the right leads to the scenic Palisade Lookout. The Pyramid Mountain trail stays off to the left. The trail steepens here, gaining a few hundred more metres before you’ll have to dismount your bike and begin your hike.

There is a meadow where the fire road ends that opens up and gives you a great vantage point to the scramble route ahead. You’ll be able to see the entire route and get a good idea of what you’re in for. Continue along the trail and find a cairn. Follow the trail to the left along a drainage.

Stay on the clear trail as you make your way above the treeline where panoramic views will come into sight. Look for Mt. Zengel and Mount Cairngorm across the valley. The route is clear for the entire way as you crest the ridge and make your way to the summit. Those looking to extend their trip can descend to the beautiful alpine tarn below losing elevation gain. This means you will have to gain some elevation to get back to the ridge for your descent.

Getting to the Pyramid Mountain Scramble Trailhead

To get to Pyramid Mountain Trail, head northbound on Connaught Drive in downtown Jasper and take a left on Pyramid Mountain Road. There are plenty of signs in town, so you should have no troubles here. Continue past the Patricia Lake viewpoint to the Pyramid Lake parking.

Route Information

  • When to do

    June-September

  • Backcountry Campsites

    No

  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly

    No

  • Route Signage

    Poor

  • Crowd Levels

    Low

  • Route Type

    Out and back

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