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Clyde Minaret 


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Elevation: 12,281'
Location: 37.6604, -119.174 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Chris Owen, M.Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer, Justin Johnsen, Kristine Hoffman
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).


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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Clyde Minaret:
Southeast Face   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Alpine, 13 pitches, 1500'   
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Southeast Face 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  CA : High Sierra : Clyde Minaret
Ironically, one of the Sierras greatest Alpine rock climbs isn't even on granite! But rather a steep, smooth rock with angular holds from more ancient times. Watch out for more loose rock than usual.Start the climb up the lefthand gully, uphill from the base of the face. There may be a cairn.P1-2 5.6. Make a long traverse right and slightly upwards then around onto the face proper.P3-7 5.7. There's a shallow dihedral up high on the right side of the face; aim for it, but don't go too f...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Dinner?
Dinner?
Some of the lovely features of this park.
Some of the lovely features of this park.
Looking north from the summit of Clyde Minaret
BETA PHOTO: Looking north from the summit of Clyde Minaret
Sunny
Sunny
The route follows the prominent blood streak.
The route follows the prominent blood streak.
This is one of a couple of possible descents, and the one that will take you back to Minaret Lake. <br /> <br />From Ampitheater Lake, traverse behind Ken Minaret at lake level. Head for South Notch, just south of the Minaret.
BETA PHOTO: This is one of a couple of possible descents, and ...
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Helmet
Clyde Minaret and its SE face.
Clyde Minaret and its SE face.
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Featured
Featured
Passing Minaret Lake
Passing Minaret Lake
The Minarets from Lake Ediza
The Minarets from Lake Ediza
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Ice
Alpenglow on Norman Clyde Minaret.  Taken with my crappy point and shoot.
Alpenglow on Norman Clyde Minaret. Taken with my ...
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Holds
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Views
Summit
Summit
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Distant
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Views
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Nook
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Potential
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Nice
Ampitheater Lake
Ampitheater Lake
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Pretty
Minaret Lake.
Minaret Lake.
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