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Norman Clyde Peak Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 13,920'
Location: 37.0749, -118.4729 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Chris Owen, M.Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer, Justin Johnsen, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Chris Owen on Feb 2, 2007
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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.

Climbing Season

For the 09 - Palisades and Surrounding Peaks area.

Weather station 8.3 miles from here

2 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',1],['5.7',0],['5.8',1],['5.9',0],['5.10',0],['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 Norman Clyde Peak

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Norman Clyde Peak:
Twilight Pillar   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Alpine, 12 pitches, 1500'   
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Featured Route For Norman Clyde Peak
Rock Climbing Photo: Twilight Pillar

Twilight Pillar 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 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

Photos of Norman Clyde Peak Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Middle Pal on the left, Norm Clyde on right.
Middle Pal on the left, Norm Clyde on right.
Rock Climbing Photo: Norman Clyde Peak from the summit of Mt Sill. July...
Norman Clyde Peak from the summit of Mt Sill. July...
Rock Climbing Photo: Alpenglow on Middle Palisade and Norman Clyde Peak
Alpenglow on Middle Palisade and Norman Clyde Peak
Rock Climbing Photo: Norman Clyde Peak - Twilight Pillar drops straight...
Norman Clyde Peak - Twilight Pillar drops straight...
Rock Climbing Photo: South Fk of Big Pine Creek - Clyde in the backgrou...
South Fk of Big Pine Creek - Clyde in the backgrou...
Rock Climbing Photo: Snapped while bailing to contact pass... atypical ...
Snapped while bailing to contact pass... atypical ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Romain descends back to Middle Palisade Glacier af...
BETA PHOTO: Romain descends back to Middle Palisade Glacier af...

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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.
By Chris Owen
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From: Big Bear Lake
Jul 16, 2015
Basically a reversal of this route.

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