Pyramid Peak

  • Route 73, Keene Valley

Hike Features


Hiking to Pyramid Peak from the Adirondack Mountain Reserve

This summit is not typically a destination peak. Pyramid is over 4000’ in elevation, but because of its proximity to Gothics it isn’t an official 46er High Peak. The hike up is a challenging ascent, and requires significant route research, physical fitness, and knowledge of Leave No Trace principles.  

Key takeaways

  • Mileage: 6.2 miles, one way
  • 3,400 feet of elevation gain
  • Hike features steep terrain and several trail junctions
  • No dogs allowed on the Adirondack Mountain Reserve (AMR)

Hiking Pyramid Peak

Below is a description for the shortest route to Pyramid Peak, but it can be approached from Gothics and can be part of many other loop trips incorporating other nearby peaks. 

From the parking lot, you will follow the road up and then along a golf course. At 0.5 miles from the parking area, turn left and down between two tennis courts on Lake Road to get to the gate into the AMR. The AMR is private property, be mindful of the specific rules posted at the gate. After the gate, you will need to hike the dirt road for a bit over 3.0 miles to Lower Ausable Lake. The road climbs steadily to the dam at the lower end of the lake. At the dam, cross it and obtain the foot path to Gothics on your left. Just past the dam you will come first to a junction with the Scenic Trail to Sawteeth going left and then to a short side trail to Rainbow Falls on the right. Continue past the Rainbow Falls junction on the Weld Trail, where the trail starts a steady moderate to steep climb. You’ll reach a viewpoint of Rainbow Fall on your right. After this, continue for another 1.5 miles of moderate to steep climbing to an intersection with a trail left to Sawteeth and right to Pyramid Peak and Gothics. From this point it is roughly 0.6 miles to the summit of Pyramid, but it is very steep in sections. 

Pyramid Peak in the winter

Pyramid Peak is challenging in the winter, with steep areas turning dangerous when snow is deep or ice is present. Tackling Pyramid Peak requires extensive winter hiking experience, proper gear, along with snowshoes and microspikes. Winter conditions change fast, and turning around is always an option. 

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How to get there

Leave Lake Placid on Route 73, follow Route 73 toward Keene. Continue through Keene and Keene Valley. Continue to the trailhead for the AMR on the right, directly across the road from the Roaring Brook Falls Trail to Giant Mountain. This is approximately 3.0 miles from the outskirts of Keene Valley.

This hike is accessed through a conservation easement with the Adirondack Mountain Reserve (AMR). A parking reservation is needed from May 1 - October 31. Although it is called a “parking reservation,” everyone will need a reservation to access hikes leaving from AMR, whether you drove yourself, rode a bike, got dropped-off, or walked. These reservations can be made online via the AMR website. For more information, please read these FAQs or contact the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.