A superb and classic face climb and one of the coveted “50 Classic Climbs of North America”, this is a route for the experienced climber. Situated on the sheer south face of the highest of the serrated Minarets, this 14 pitch route seems improbably steep. Square cut holds and sharp-edged cracks everywhere allow interesting and rarely easy climbing on compact metamorphosed volcanic rock. Route finding difficulties have given this route a reputation but after dozens of ascents we have it “wired”. Climbers who have skied at Mammoth have no doubt looked over to the imposing Minarets and marveled at their intimidating look.


The best guidebooks are Supertopo’s “High Sierra Climbing” by Chris McNamara. and Peter Croft’s “The Good, The Great, and the Awesome.” Get them from Maximus Press.

You can also get our very detailed unpublished SMC Guide to Clyde Minaret.

We highly recommend that you spend at least one night at moderate altitude (higher than 8,000′) just prior to the trip. Spending a night in Mammoth or camped in the Bridgeport area would do the trick. Please refer to our Planning for Success info sheet for more info.

Bears are also a major problem at the trailhead. Do not leave any food or scented items (deodorant, soap etc.) in your vehicle. Clean up all trash and do not leave food, coolers, food packaging in your vehicle. Anything unscented but colorful like food packaging should be hidden in the trunk or glovebox. Failure to take precautions can cause the vehicle to be ripped apart by a bear and the added insult of a fine from the Forest Service. It is necessary to carry bear proof food storage containers on this trip. We provide these.

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