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Pyramid Epic Loop Trail

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Trail Snapshot

Report (Date)
Length
29 miles
Elevation
10000'
Rating
Forecast

Trail is riding well right now and there are no reports of mud, deadfall, or snow.

Trail Reports

  • Matthew Simeti July 4, 2018 at 7:15 pmHey Guys, Thanks for all the info! I will give a post ride update if we come across anything significant to report.
  • Joe Myers July 3, 2018 at 6:05 pmOh crap. I meant clockwise. I’m a dummy. Haha
  • Marc Fortier July 3, 2018 at 5:14 pmI did it cw from South Crescent last week. Main deciding factor for me was whether I wanted to carry my bike up or down Pyramid trail. Cw you get an awesome descent down Pyramid Creek, a long slog uphill on Chimney/Gordon, and great downhill off Scar. But ccw would work great, with the advantage of the nicely switchbacked North Pyramid descent. I don't remember any water from Pyramid Creek until the bottom of Scar. Oh, and read the trail descriptions ! I missed the part about having to ford across Pyramid Creek and spent half an hour in great confusion trying to find the trail.
  • Joe Myers July 3, 2018 at 12:49 pmCcw for sure. Start at bottom of pyramids is probably easiest.
  • Matthew Simeti July 3, 2018 at 12:31 pmPlanning on riding the loop this Friday. Is there a preferred direction of travel for this ride and would be the best starting point? Thanks in advance!
  • Joe Myers June 12, 2018 at 2:18 pmWhole loop is now clear. Thanks everyone!
  • Amy Sproston May 26, 2018 at 9:00 pmI ran the whole loop today. There's patchy snow, mainly on Pyramids Trail, Scar and Gordan Peak. Nothing that wasn't easy enough to run over, and not too much of it. There are roughly 5 - 10 logs that need to be cut out in each trail section (North Pyramid, Scar, Gordan Peak, South Pyramid Creek). Probably closer to 10 than 5. Some of them are a pain to get around on foot, so would be a real pain on a bike. I took pictures of most of them, if anyone is interested.
 

Trail Description

The Cascade Crest Loop is remote, scenic and primitive and should be on everyone’s bucket list!

The trails along this loop include North Pyramid, Pyramids, South Pyramid Creek, Chimney Peak, Gordan Peak and Scar Mountain for a total of 29 miles and about 10k feet of climbing.

The loop also connects to the Crescent Mountain North trail on the Southeast side of the loop. You can also do a 7.5 mile out-and-back on Swamp Peak Trail which intersects the loop on the West side. Note the Swamp Peak Trail crosses into Wilderness at 3.65 or so where bikes are not allowed.

Bring lots of water and plan on a full day (or days) to finish this challenging and remote loop. Note that the Pyramids Trail is currently closed to bikes, and you will need to walk this short section. A re-route will be fixing a problem area on this trail and we will be working on addressing it in Spring of 2018. Once completed, the trail should be re-opened to bikes.

Hit up Horse Creek Lodge & Outfitters if you need a guide or a shuttle on this loop.

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Trail Reports » Pyramid Epic Loop

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  1. Matthew Simeti says:

    Planning on riding the loop this Friday. Is there a preferred direction of travel for this ride and would be the best starting point? Thanks in advance!

    1. Joe Myers says:

      Ccw for sure. Start at bottom of pyramids is probably easiest.

    2. Marc Fortier says:

      I did it cw from South Crescent last week. Main deciding factor for me was whether I wanted to carry my bike up or down Pyramid trail. Cw you get an awesome descent down Pyramid Creek, a long slog uphill on Chimney/Gordon, and great downhill off Scar. But ccw would work great, with the advantage of the nicely switchbacked North Pyramid descent. I don’t remember any water from Pyramid Creek until the bottom of Scar. Oh, and read the trail descriptions ! I missed the part about having to ford across Pyramid Creek and spent half an hour in great confusion trying to find the trail.

      1. Joe Myers says:

        Oh crap. I meant clockwise. I’m a dummy. Haha

        1. Matthew Simeti says:

          Hey Guys, Thanks for all the info! I will give a post ride update if we come across anything significant to report.

  2. Joe Myers says:

    Whole loop is now clear. Thanks everyone!

  3. Amy Sproston says:

    I ran the whole loop today. There’s patchy snow, mainly on Pyramids Trail, Scar and Gordan Peak. Nothing that wasn’t easy enough to run over, and not too much of it. There are roughly 5 – 10 logs that need to be cut out in each trail section (North Pyramid, Scar, Gordan Peak, South Pyramid Creek). Probably closer to 10 than 5. Some of them are a pain to get around on foot, so would be a real pain on a bike. I took pictures of most of them, if anyone is interested.

  4. Eric Phillips-Meadow says:

    Anyone been on this trail (or parts of trail) in the last week? looking for trail conditions. Thanks

    1. Joe Myers says:

      Snow is melted out to about 4800 feet, and I have not been out personally but I know people who have. I’d say a lot of the trails are ride-able at this point. Especially the lower elevation ones like S pyramid creek.

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