Peak Name: Pyramid Peak

Peak Height: 4,996'

Location: Valley of the Gods, Utah

Route: West Face

Difficulty: Sketchy 3rd class dirt

Round Trip Stats: 2 mi, 200 ft

Date Climbed: 11/20/2016

Valley of the Gods is an obsure pocket of the southern Utah desert. And little Pyramid Peak is an obscure summit even by VOG standards. Nestled among much more prominent and striking buttes and towers, this couple hundred foot high mound of dirt certaintly gets very little attention. I have never heard of anyone climbing it. It IS an officially named feature on the USGS quad however, which was enough to pique my interest. SOMEONE must have thought it worthy of being named for a reason. Might be worthy of an ascent too.

The perfect opportunity to check out little Pyramid Peak came on a cold November morning while waiting for things to warm up enough for technical climbing. Access is easy and the approach short. Park either on the main VOG road or drive the ranch road just north of Rooster Butte (aka Petard Tower). Worst case scenario is you have to walk a whole mile one way. The west side of the rotten mud mound is much more inviting than the east. Several options through the dirt and choss bands exist but their difficuly is hard to classify. Sketchy 3rd class dirt is what I'm calling the easiest option we found. The short jaunt proved to be worthwhile, offering great views of The Anvil & Rooster Butte in particular.

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