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Clyde Minaret  


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Elevation: 12,281'
Location: 37.6604, -119.174 View Map  Incorrect?
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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



Weather station 6.6 miles from here

2 Total Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['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]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Clyde Minaret:
Southeast Face   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Alpine, 13 pitches, 1500'   
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Direct Start

Southeast Face, Direct Start 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  CA : High Sierra : Clyde Minaret
I believe this to be the most frequently used start for the (sandbagged, imo) 5.8 SE Face Route. While there is a series of easier pitches that traverses in from the left via a series of ramps/ledges, this is a more aesthetic line with reportedly better climbing, more consistent with the difficulties you'll encounter higher up. Corner climbing with some minor overhangs, great jams, and awesome crimps! The SuperTopo book lists the first pitch as being 5.9 and the second being 10a. I found them bo...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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

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