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Clyde Minaret

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Clyde Minaret Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 12,281'
Location: 37.6604, -119.174 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Chris Owen, M.Morley, Salamanizer, Justin Johnsen, Adam Stackhouse, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Chris Owen on Mar 23, 2006
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Clyde Minaret and Minaret Lake.

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

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]
['<=5.6',1],['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]

Classic Climbing Routes in Clyde Minaret

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'   
Southeast Face, Direct Start   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, Alpine, 2 pitches   
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Featured Route For Clyde Minaret
Rock Climbing Photo: 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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Rock Climbing Photo: Minaret Lake.
Minaret Lake.
Rock Climbing Photo: Dinner?
Dinner?
Rock Climbing Photo: Some of the lovely features of this park.
Some of the lovely features of this park.
Rock Climbing Photo: Ampitheater Lake
Ampitheater Lake
Rock Climbing Photo: Summit
Summit
Rock Climbing Photo: Clyde Minaret and its SE face.
Clyde Minaret and its SE face.
Rock Climbing Photo: My partner after the airy 5.8 traverse starting up...
BETA PHOTO: My partner after the airy 5.8 traverse starting up...
Rock Climbing Photo: The route follows the prominent blood streak.
The route follows the prominent blood streak.
Rock Climbing Photo: Passing Minaret Lake
Passing Minaret Lake
Rock Climbing Photo: This is one of a couple of possible descents, and ...
BETA PHOTO: This is one of a couple of possible descents, and ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Views
Views
Rock Climbing Photo: Nook
Nook
Rock Climbing Photo: Distant
Distant
Rock Climbing Photo: Views
Views
Rock Climbing Photo: Alpenglow on Norman Clyde Minaret.  Taken with my ...
Alpenglow on Norman Clyde Minaret. Taken with my ...
Rock Climbing Photo: The Minarets from Lake Ediza
The Minarets from Lake Ediza
Rock Climbing Photo: Sunny
Sunny
Rock Climbing Photo: Views
Views
Rock Climbing Photo: Nice
Nice
Rock Climbing Photo: Potential
Potential
Rock Climbing Photo: Pretty
Pretty
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking at the direct start. Not as hard as .10a i...
BETA PHOTO: Looking at the direct start. Not as hard as .10a i...
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking back at the traverse after the first two d...
BETA PHOTO: Looking back at the traverse after the first two d...
Rock Climbing Photo: Ice
Ice

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