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Norman Clyde Peak

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Elevation: 13,920'
Location: 37.0749, -118.4729 View Map  Incorrect?
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Description 

A fitting memorial to Norman Clyde - the Sierras most prolific first ascentionist. This peak dominates the Palisades trailhead at Sage Flat, rising at the end of the South Fork of Big Pine Creek canyon. No easy way to the top adds to it's appeal. The standout route on this peak is Twilight Pillar (III 5.9).


Getting There 

From Big Pine on 395 drive up the road to Glacier Lodge; trailhead is signed on the right.

Take the South Fork of Big Pine Creek, at first flat for quite a while, cross the creek and begin to switchback up a steep scree slope to the crest. Now head towards Willow Lake, followed by a trail left and up to Brainard Lake. A climbers trail goes around the north shore of this lake, then scree and slabs to the northern end of Finger Lake. Camp here.


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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Norman Clyde Peak:
Twilight Pillar   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, Alpine, 12 pitches, 1500'   
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Twilight Pillar

Twilight Pillar 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c  CA : High Sierra : Norman Clyde Peak
Twilight Pillar is a great route on a outstanding peak with no easy route to the top. We climbed the route in late May with lots of snow around.We gained the ridge directly below the start of the fire bird ridge. From that point we traversed below the major snow field left on to the bottom portion of the Twilight Pillar and followed the lower ridge {5th class}to a nice ledge below the upper headwall.From the ledge there are 5 or 6 great pitch's up to 5.8 that take you to the summit. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Middle Pal on the left, Norm Clyde on right.
Middle Pal on the left, Norm Clyde on right.
Norman Clyde Peak from the summit of Mt Sill. July 2007.
Norman Clyde Peak from the summit of Mt Sill. July...
Snapped while bailing to contact pass... atypical Sierra weather intimidated me.
Snapped while bailing to contact pass... atypical ...
South Fk of Big Pine Creek - Clyde in the background.
South Fk of Big Pine Creek - Clyde in the backgrou...
Norman Clyde Peak - Twilight Pillar drops straight from the summit.
Norman Clyde Peak - Twilight Pillar drops straight...
Romain descends back to Middle Palisade Glacier after climbing on Norman Clyde Peak.  This particular approach/descent gully is over 200 feet tall.  It climbs at about 5.6.  It can be descended by rappelling from slings (we used 2 ropes).
BETA PHOTO: Romain descends back to Middle Palisade Glacier af...
Panorama - Middle Pal to Mt. Sill.  Oct 16, 2010
Panorama - Middle Pal to Mt. Sill. Oct 16, 2010
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By 426
Mar 6, 2007

Downclimb (descent) is very circuitous and exposed. Generalities include traversing north for a ways a few hundred feet below the ridgeline, then working back south when feasible to join the start of the ridge.