Clyde Minaret is the highest point of the rugged Minaret group of peaks near Mammoth Lakes. I have wanted to climb in the Minarets since I first viewed them from the summits of Mount Ritter and Banner Peak in 2007. There are 17 minarets in all, but most of them are rarely climbed. The rock is of volcanic origin making it poor quality compared to the solid granite found elsewhere in the Sierra. The Rock Route on Clyde Minaret, however, is relatively solid partially explaining why it is the most popular route in the Minarets. While the Rock Route is the easiest route up to the summit, it still involves exposed class three scrambling and a class 4 downclimb near the top. I reached the summit 5:03 after beginning, took 15 minutes on the summit, and returned in 4:27, for a total roundtrip of 9:45. Check out the complete trip report for a collection of 40 photos from the trip!
Since I had climbed Mount Sill in the Palisades the previous day, I was hoping for a shorter outing, but the route up Clyde Minaret proved to be involved with quite a bit of scrambling and spicy snow/ice sections. In addition, there was over 9 miles of trail (18+ miles RT) to cover in order to reach the start of the climbing portion. The good news is that long sections of this trail were great for running. All in all, this was a delightful outing with spectular scenery virtually the entire way and excellent visibility made for some awesome photography!
Complete trip report here. Video after the jump!
- La Sportiva Fireblades
- Kahtoola Aluminum Crampons
- Petzl Snowracer Ice Axe
- Petzl Meteor III Helmet
Many more photos on the complete trip report.