Norman Clyde Peak Rock Climbing
Middle Pal on the left, Norm Clyde on right.
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 5.8)
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.
Weather station 8.3 miles from here
2 Total Climbing Routes
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Twilight Pillar 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c California
: 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 Firebird 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 pitches up to 5.8 that take you to the summit....[more] Browse More Classics in California
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.