Elevation: 8,888 ft
GPS: 37.65117, -119.03721
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Shared By: Chris Owen on Aug 5, 2015
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Description

A distinct metamorphic sub-range within the granite ocean of the High Sierra, the Ritter Range has a completely different feel to the majority of the other areas, mainly due to its different and older rock, it's a very scenic and famous area, with the JMT running on its eastern margin. There are two sub-areas, to the south there are the fantastic Minarets, Clyde and Michael being the stand outs, they have no easy routes to their spectacular summits. To the north lies Mount Ritter and Banner Peak, Ritter is a very big mountain, don't underestimate it, and while Banner has a walk up route there are some more technical climbs on its east face.

There used to be some impressive small glaciers in this area, with real crevasses which lent the area a feel of mountains further north, who knows how they'll fare with Global Warming.

Both The Minarets and Ritter/Banner are mostly accessed from the east, via the Minaret Road from Mammoth Lakes. The trailhead for The Minarets is at Red's Meadow and for Ritter and Banner; Agnew Meadows.

Iceberg Lake and Lake Ediza are the main camping areas for the Minarets, and Ritter and Banner respectively.

Getting There

Eastern Approaches
From Hwy 395 turn west to Mammoth Lakes and follow signs for Hwy 203 to Minaret Summit, you'll drive past the Mammoth Mountain Ski resort on the way there. Be aware that during summer you'll have to take a shuttle if you don't drive to either of the trailheads "after hours". I usually plan to park at the trailheads in the evening to avoid riding the shuttle.

From Minaret Summit the Minaret Road heads north down the slope, Agnew Meadows trailhead is a turnoff just before the road does a hairpin and heads south the Red's Meadow.

For lightweight backcountry skiers; the Minaret Road if often groomed to Red's Meadow and makes for a wonderful easy run down to Agnew Meadows, with a straightforward skin back out.

Permits
Permits for both trailheads can be reserved here.

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Classic Climbing Routes at 04 - Ritter & Minarets

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
3rd 1- 1 I 1 M 1a Easy Snow
 22
North Face
Trad, Snow, Alpine
3rd 1- 1 I 1 M 1a Easy Snow
 19
SE Glacier
Snow, Alpine
3rd 1- 1 I 1 M 1a Easy Snow
 3
Northwest Glacier to Southeast R…
Snow, Alpine
4th 1 2 I 2 M 1b
 8
Starr's Route
Trad, Alpine
4th 1 2 I 2 M 1b Easy Snow
 6
Rock Route
Trad, Snow, Alpine
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 3
Starr/Eichorn/Michael/Amphitheat…
Trad, Alpine
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 8
East Corner
Trad, Alpine
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 77
Southeast Face
Trad, Alpine 13 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 35
Southeast Face, Direct Start
Trad, Alpine 2 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
North Face Mt Ritter
 22
3rd 1- 1 I 1 M 1a Easy Snow Trad, Snow, Alpine
SE Glacier Mt Ritter
 19
3rd 1- 1 I 1 M 1a Easy Snow Snow, Alpine
Northwest Glacier to Southe… Banner Peak
 3
3rd 1- 1 I 1 M 1a Easy Snow Snow, Alpine
Starr's Route Clyde Minaret
 8
4th 1 2 I 2 M 1b Trad, Alpine
Rock Route Clyde Minaret
 6
4th 1 2 I 2 M 1b Easy Snow Trad, Snow, Alpine
Starr/Eichorn/Michael/Amphi… Michael Minaret
 3
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, Alpine
East Corner Banner Peak
 8
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, Alpine
Southeast Face Clyde Minaret
 77
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, Alpine 13 pitches
Southeast Face, Direct Start Clyde Minaret
 35
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad, Alpine 2 pitches
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