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.