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'
Featured Route For Clyde Minaret
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
Some of the lovely features of this park.
Clyde Minaret and its SE face.
BETA PHOTO: My partner after the airy 5.8 traverse starting up...
The route follows the prominent blood streak.
BETA PHOTO: This is one of a couple of possible descents, and ...
Alpenglow on Norman Clyde Minaret. Taken with my ...
The Minarets from Lake Ediza
BETA PHOTO: Looking at the direct start. Not as hard as .10a i...
BETA PHOTO: Looking back at the traverse after the first two d...
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