Pyramid Peak is a mountain, a beautiful mesmerizing mountain I might add, that rings true to its name. It looks like a pyramid from all four points on the compass, and it beckons every Sierra Nevada explorer to climb it, at least once in their lifetime.
Pyramid Peak is located in El Dorado County within the Crystal Range, just west of Lake Tahoe. It is the highest point in Desolation Wilderness and visible from Sonora Pass to the south and Donner Pass and Yuba Pass to the north.
Pyramid Peak is one of the Lake Tahoe's toughest hikes, no matter how you slice it. There are three main trails to reach. Rocky Canyon, which sports a 4,100' vertical gain (highest in Tahoe region); Lyon Creek Trail, which exchanges 800' vertical for an additional 2.5-3 miles; Horsetail Falls, which is between the two in terms of distance and vertical gain, but much tougher than either. While the peak itself is nothing more than a giant pile of boulders, the hike in from any direction is beautiful. The views from the top are stunning in every direction and one of El Dorado County's most spectacular hikes and back-country ski mountaineering explorations.
If you are exploring it during the winter, please check current avalanche conditions at Sierra Avalanche Center for all of the Lake Tahoe conditions.