Clyde Minaret Rock Climbing
Clyde Minaret and Minaret Lake.
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.
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',1],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Clyde Minaret
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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'
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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
Some of the lovely features of this park.
Clyde Minaret and its SE face.
The route follows the prominent blood streak.
BETA PHOTO: Looking north from the summit of Clyde Minaret
BETA PHOTO: Looking back at the traverse after the first two d...
The Minarets from Lake Ediza
Alpenglow on Norman Clyde Minaret. Taken with my ...
BETA PHOTO: My partner after the airy 5.8 traverse starting up...
BETA PHOTO: This is one of a couple of possible descents, and ...
BETA PHOTO: Looking at the direct start. Not as hard as .10a i...
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