Summary: This hike takes you up the back side of the "great pyramid," which is visible from the end of the Tabletop Trail off the West side of the Airport Loop Trail.
Challenge Level: Moderate but hiking the last part up the Pyramid is very steep
Hiking Distance: About 1 1/2 miles one way, 3 miles round trip
Trailhead Directions: From the "Y" (the intersection of State Route 89A and State Route 179), drive west on SR 89A for 4 1/4 miles and turn left on the Upper Red Rock Loop Road. Follow the Upper Loop Road for 1.4 miles There are two places to park. This is first place is on the left side of the road. Then walk down the road for 0.2 miles to GPS coordinates: 34° 50.100' N; 111° 49.218' W and turn right on to the trail.
To park at the second place, continue past the turn off for the first place and continue for 0.3 miles. Park on the right side of the road. There is another access trail here.
Description: The trail is easy to follow but has loose rock and is steep in places, particularly as you make the final climb to the top of the Pyramid. But the views from the top are remarkable, although the view of Cathedral Rock would be better in the afternoon. The Westerners Hiking Group explored this hike in January 2006 and reported finding some "polygons," uniquely shaped white markings in the red rocks. We didn't find them but we found some very unique polygon-shaped red rocks.
Here are photos from our May 2009 hike. There were a lot of wildflowers blooming
Here are photos taken by Lou Camp
Here are photos taken by Darryl Thompson
For those of you who have a GPS unit, I have GPS data available for the hike which include "tracks," the route and waypoints.
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Last Updated April 10, 2013
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