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Trip Date:  09/02/2012

: 14.5 Miles

Vertical Gain: 3200'

Group Size: 4

Hike Rating:  Easy   Moderate    Hard    Strenuous
Mt Price Mt Agassiz Route
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Mt Price Mt Agassiz Elevation Profile
Start Coordinates:   N 38 48.619, W 120 14.369     End Coordinates:   Same as Start Coordinates  
Car Shuttle Req'd:   No Parking Directions:   Take Highway 50 to Wrights Road.  Follow the road to the north for a couple of miles until you reach the Lyons Creek Trailhead parking area at the provided coordinates.
Hazards of Note:   None. Crowd Factor:   Moderate.  This is one of the popular entrances to Desolation Wilderness.
General Notes:
From the parking area, head east up the Lyon's Creek Trail.  This will continue through forest and meadow areas for about 4 miles, until you reach the boundary of Desolation Wilderness.  From this point on the trail begins to rise, until you reach a signed trail junction to either Lyon's Lake or Sylvia Lake.  Head up toward Sylvia Lake, and then follow it along the west shore until you start a climb up the talus field, heading toward the unnamed summit between Pyramid Peak on your right an Agassiz on the left.  There are many ways up from here, and route-finding is a major part of this section of the trail.  Once you get above the talus field, there are a couple of small tarns (mountain lakes) which you will head around the east side of, and then generally head up to the ridgeline and then continue all the way to Mt. Agassiz.  
After Mt. Agassiz the trail over to Mt. Price seems pretty tame, along scree with a use trail leading the way.  The section from Mt. Price down to Lyon's Lake will once again require significant route-finding, and there are some very large boulders coming down into Lyon's Lake from the north side of the water.  Continue around the west side of the lake, until you pick up the trail back down to the junction of the Lyon's and Sylvia Lakes trails, and then head back down Lyon's Creek trail to the trailhead.

Julia at the trail junction with Lyon's lake and Sylvia lake. Julia at the start
Lake Sylvia and the talus slopes we climbed up. Sylvia Lake
Julia surveying the talus scene high above Lake Sylvia. Near the top of the talus slopes
Negotiating the top of the talus boulders on the way to Agassiz. Climbing boulders high above Sylvia
Tarn high above Lake Sylvia with Mt. Agassiz in the background. Tarn high above Lake Sylvia
Getting close to the summit of Mt. Agassiz. Close up of Mt Agassiz
Me climbing through a small notch near the summit of Agassiz. View of Pyramid Peak
Lake Aloha and Desolation Valley from Mt. Agassiz. Desolation from Mt Agassiz
Pyramid Peak as seen from the top of Mt. Agassiz. Pyramid Peak from Agassiz
The very unique shape of Mt. Agassiz from near Mt. Price's summit. Agassiz on the way to Mt. Price
Me at the top of Mt. Prvice with Aloha and Heather Lakes in the background. Me on Mt. Price
Approaching Lyon's Lake from high above. Lyons Lake from above
Looking south over Lyon's Lake. Looking south over Lyon's Lake
Looking across Lyon's Lake from the southern outlet. Lyon's Lake from the outlet
GPS track of the hike. GPS track of hike