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Clyde Minaret Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 12,281'
Location: 37.6604, -119.174 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Chris Owen, M.Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer, Justin Johnsen, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide), Emily Roeben
Submitted By: Chris Owen on Mar 23, 2006
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Description 

Clyde Minaret is named after Norman Clyde, the High Sierras most prolific first ascensionist. It is a very fine peak made from, not granite, but a more ancient metamorphic rock, which gives it its characteristic, almost non-Sierra-like shape of a sharp needle (as seen from the ski slopes of Mammoth). Its dark triangular SE face is home to a great classic rock climb.

Getting There 

Red's Meadow is the trailhead. Get their either by shuttle bus from Mammoth during the day, or arrive by car late at night.

Head north on the John Muir Trail at first, then cut left (west) onto an obvious trail which leads to Minaret Lake. On the bench above this lake lies Cecile Lake (10,246ft), where there are limited campsites (7.75 miles, 2,700ft elevation gain).

Climbing Season

For the High Sierra area.

Weather station 6.6 miles from here

3 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',1],['5.7',0],['5.8',1],['5.9',0],['5.10',1],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Clyde Minaret

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Clyde Minaret:
Southeast Face   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Alpine, 13 pitches, 1500'   
Southeast Face, Direct Start   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, Alpine, 2 pitches   
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Southeast Face 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  CA : High Sierra : ... : Clyde Minaret
Ironically, one of the Sierras greatest Alpine rock climbs isn't even on granite! But rather a steep, smooth rock with angular holds from more ancient times. Watch out for more loose rock than usual.Start the climb up the lefthand gully, uphill from the base of the face. There may be a cairn.P1-2 5.6. Make a long traverse right and slightly upwards then around onto the face proper.P3-7 5.7. There's a shallow dihedral up high on the right side of the face; aim for it, but don't go too f...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Rock Climbing Photo: Some of the lovely features of this park.
Some of the lovely features of this park.
Rock Climbing Photo: Dinner?
Dinner?
Rock Climbing Photo: Minaret Lake.
Minaret Lake.
Rock Climbing Photo: Ampitheater Lake
Ampitheater Lake
Rock Climbing Photo: Holds
Holds
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking north from the summit of Clyde Minaret
BETA PHOTO: Looking north from the summit of Clyde Minaret
Rock Climbing Photo: Views
Views
Rock Climbing Photo: The Minarets from Lake Ediza
The Minarets from Lake Ediza
Rock Climbing Photo: Alpenglow on Norman Clyde Minaret.  Taken with my ...
Alpenglow on Norman Clyde Minaret. Taken with my ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Summit
Summit
Rock Climbing Photo: Views
Views
Rock Climbing Photo: Potential
Potential
Rock Climbing Photo: Distant
Distant
Rock Climbing Photo: The route follows the prominent blood streak.
The route follows the prominent blood streak.
Rock Climbing Photo: Nook
Nook
Rock Climbing Photo: Helmet
Helmet
Rock Climbing Photo: Nice
Nice
Rock Climbing Photo: Sunny
Sunny
Rock Climbing Photo: Clyde Minaret and its SE face.
Clyde Minaret and its SE face.
Rock Climbing Photo: Views
Views
Rock Climbing Photo: Ice
Ice
Rock Climbing Photo: This is one of a couple of possible descents, and ...
BETA PHOTO: This is one of a couple of possible descents, and ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Featured
Featured
Rock Climbing Photo: Passing Minaret Lake
Passing Minaret Lake

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