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Pyramids Trail

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Length
2.1 miles
Elevation
1900'
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This trail is closed right now. Details of the closure can be found in the trail description.

Trail Reports

  • Joe Myers October 5, 2018 at 9:51 amNew work event which hopefully can re-open this trail to bikes. Thanks Adam craig for organizing. https://bendtrails.org/calendar/pyramids-trail-work-event/
  • Joe Myers June 4, 2018 at 6:25 pmGreat work event today with 14 or so people from SATA, USFS, Bend and even Team Dirt. We installed about 20 or more drains in the first 3/4 of a mile below the meadow. I found out today the trail is open to bikes below the meadow only. Which is some super fun terrain.
  • Brian Coop June 3, 2018 at 3:35 pmTotal bummer that this is closed. We stashed our bikes in the woods and walked up to the summit just so we'd know what we were missing - a 2 mile HAB up with a chunky, ripping descent back to the TH. The summit was a pretty killer place for a lunch break too.
  • Joe Myers May 30, 2018 at 10:35 pmIf you are interested in this trail being re-opened to bikes - there's a work event on June 4th. Meet at 10:00 am at the Lava Lake Meadow Road 2067, off Hwy 22 between milepost 76 and 77. Expect about 1.5 hour drive from Bend. We will caravan to the Pyramids trailhead from there; this is a good quality dirt road. Please come equipped with food and water to take care of yourself for the day! The Forest Service requires volunteers to have hard hats (we have some loaners), boots, long pants AND LONG SLEEVES, eye protection and gloves. RSVP on Favcebook with Salem Area Trail Alliance or Old Cascadia.
 

Trail Description

Although the Pyramids Trail has historically been a multi-use trail, the FS (near the end of  Summer 2017) decided it should not be used for biking any longer. This is frustrating as this is one short section along the 30 mile Cascade Crest Loop.

Oregon mountain bikers have been working with the Detroit ranger district to once again allow bikes on the Pyramids trail and have made great success in 2018. 2 Large work events with 20+ people have mitigated drainage problems above, within, and below the meadow. Representatives from Trans-Cascadia, the Oregon Timber Trail and the newly created Oregon Mountain Bike Coalition have been spearheading this advocacy effort. More work will be done. The last event in October 2018 was enough to get the trail open to bikes – yet we need to wait for a final word from the powers that be. Several people in the ranger district will need to ok this change, and we are confident it will happen soon.

The Pyramids Trail is brutally steep, but ever so scenic as you ascend up to the middle of three pyramids. The bowl that sits inside the pyramids is a sight to behold as you ascend this amazing trifecta.

The trail begins at the trailhead along NF-560 which is a large turn-around. Immediately as the trail begins, you will notice a missing bridge and you will need to scurry across South Pyramid Creek which is simple. Once over the creek you will see solid bench cut tread which heads left and right. To the right is Pyramids Trail and to the left is South Pyramid Creek Trail.

The lower section of trail has some enchanting old growth, and you will hike directly along side Pyramid Creek with its steep drop-off on your right. There’s even a small waterfall you can catch a glimpse of to your right down a steep ravine. Trail is either perfect in spots or severely water damaged as water runs down the trail at certain times of the year. It’s still all magical.

Not far from the bottom the trail heads through a meadow which has some real tread problems. This is the area that we are most likely re-routing and for good reason.

This is the steepest, rockiest and the most technically challenging trail along the Cascade Crest Loop. On the top of this trail there’s an intersection with the North Pyramid Trail as well as a stub that takes you up to the very peak where you will be treated to some of the most amazing 360 degree views in all of the Cascades.

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Trail Reports » Pyramids

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  1. Joe Myers says:

    New work event which hopefully can re-open this trail to bikes. Thanks Adam craig for organizing. https://bendtrails.org/calendar/pyramids-trail-work-event/

  2. Joe Myers says:

    Great work event today with 14 or so people from SATA, USFS, Bend and even Team Dirt. We installed about 20 or more drains in the first 3/4 of a mile below the meadow. I found out today the trail is open to bikes below the meadow only. Which is some super fun terrain.

  3. Brian Coop says:

    Total bummer that this is closed. We stashed our bikes in the woods and walked up to the summit just so we’d know what we were missing – a 2 mile HAB up with a chunky, ripping descent back to the TH. The summit was a pretty killer place for a lunch break too.

  4. Joe Myers says:

    If you are interested in this trail being re-opened to bikes – there’s a work event on June 4th. Meet at 10:00 am at the Lava Lake Meadow Road 2067, off Hwy 22 between milepost 76 and 77. Expect about 1.5 hour drive from Bend. We will caravan to the Pyramids trailhead from there; this is a good quality dirt road. Please come equipped with food and water to take care of yourself for the day! The Forest Service requires volunteers to have hard hats (we have some loaners), boots, long pants AND LONG SLEEVES, eye protection and gloves. RSVP on Favcebook with Salem Area Trail Alliance or Old Cascadia.

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