Climbing the Lewis Hills' Pyramid Peak
The 9-hour day trek started at the IATNL Lewis Hills Trail Serpentine trailhead and after 45 minutes the two were at the base of the mountain.
What turned out to be an ideal route to the top began at the front west side of the peak and ascended from one scenic viewpoint of the surrounding gulches and Serpentine Valley to the next.
View of Red Rocky Gulch from the base of Pyramid Peak
IAT Chairperson Paul Wylezol overlooking Red Rocky Gulch
Lew Coty scaling Pyramid Peak with background view of Serpentine Lake and Blow Me Down Mountains
View of Wheeler's GulchThe ascent to the top of the 1640ft (500m) peak took just 45 minutes and was followed by a spectacular 360 degree view and quick snack before Paul and Lew continued on along the ridge between the two gulches.
View of the Ridge between Wheeler's and Red Rocky Gulches from Pyramid PeakThey took a meandering route from side to side to take advantage of the changing views of the north-facing gulches as they hiked south toward the back end of these glacier-carved canyons.
View of Red Rocky Gulch, Serpentine Lake, Blow Me Down Mountains, and Pyramid Peak
View of Wheeler's Gulch, Pyramid Peak, Serpentine Lake, and Blow Me Down MountainsAlong the way they encountered unusual ultramafic rocks and glacial erratic
Lew Coty standing atop a peridotite glacial erraticand an assortment of flowers and low plants that find a lonely and delicate foothold on this barren landscape generally devoid of plant life.
To Be Continued ......