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Mt Price

View of southern end of Crystal Range

Mt Price

- Solo ascent of the second highest peak in the Crystal Range.

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I wanted to get in some conditioning at higher elevation. I also wanted to explore Mt Price and save bagging Pyramid for a family trip. We had stayed at Wrights Lake earlier and I was excited to hike through more of the area.


Wilderness sign selfie
Entering the Wilderness

High meadow above Lake Sylvia
High meadow on the approach from Sylvia

Pyramid Peak casting a morning mountain shadow
Shadow cast by Pyramid Peak

High tarn sitting below the Crystal Range.
Northern unnamed lake

View of the Crystal Range
View south along the Crystal Range

Ancient pine among the notches of Mt Agassiz
Old pine atop Agassiz

View from Mt Price summit
Panorama from Mt Price Summit

Summit selfie
Summit selfie

Lakelet below Lyons Lake
Lower Lyons Lake


  • Stayed in Kyburz the night before. It was great getting an early morning start! Easy parking and cool hiking weather.
  • Met a nice hiker with his dog on the way up.
  • Clear skies above the smoke.
  • Beautiful lakes and light throughout the morning.


  • Location: Mt Price (9,975ft summit) Desolation Wilderness via the Lyons Creek trailhead.
  • Date: October 2020.
  • Stats: 12+ total mileage with ~3,500ft elevation gain.
  • Maps: NatGeo 805 Lake Tahoe Basin.
  • When the area is accessible again, I would definitely return and stay at Lyons Lake or summit Pyramid Peak. I'm very fortunate I got to do this hike prior to the fire.
Map of route to summit of Mt Price and back
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