The 2,300-foot Pyramid Peak is surrounded by Pyramid Valley, Captains Bay and miles of popular hiking trails, including a circuit around the peak.
In summer, this is the site of one of the most unique golfing competitions in the world, a fundraiser for local community broadcasting.
Birding in Pyramid Valley is a different experience than at shoreside. You won’t see the variety or density of birds that would along the coast, but you will be hiking in a really pretty area, up into the tundra. These are breeding grounds for rock ptarmigan, Lapland longspur and rock and least sandpipers.
This location is for the birder who wants to get out of the city and industrial areas of town to listen for birdsong while sitting among the wildflowers or berries of the Aleutian tundra.
Before you set out, be sure to get a recreational land use permit from the Ounalashka Corporation, as well as a detailed map of area hiking trails. The walk along Pyramid Trail is about three miles around the base of the mountain. If time allows, climb to the summit for amazing views and sign the summit log!
- Before you go, get a recreational land use permit from the Ounalashka Corporation, which owns the land.
- Be prepared for quickly changing weather. Dress in layers and bring food and water.