The Minarets, Mammoth Lakes California

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The Minarets

As one of the most striking and well known features in California’s eastern Sierra Nevada, the Minaret’s continue to draw outdoor enthusiasts for their world class climbing, hiking, as well as breathtaking alpine lakes.

  • Hike from Agnew Meadows trailhead to breathtaking Cecil Lake.
  • Learn to climb from a professional guide on one Minaret’s many dramatic spires.
  • Hike to Minaret Lakes from the Reds Meadow trailhead.

Overview

The Minarets are collection of mountains in California’s Ansel Adams Wilderness. They are a popular destination for backpackers and climbers, with highlights including Lakes Cecile, Iceberg, and Ediza, as well as the dizzying spires of Clyde, Michael, and Eichorn Minaret's.

Location & Information

The Minarets are located in the heart of The Ansel Adams Wilderness.

Sierra National Forest
1600 Tollhouse Road
Clovis, CA 93611-0532
(559)297-0706
Ansel Adams Wilderness Area

Activities

Access to The Minarets is limited to two trailheads, both of which are accessed from the Red's Meadow Shuttle System. Since the shuttle only runs during the summer months, access during the winter requires an additional 8 miles of walking.

Both trails are approximately 8 miles (one way) to the Minarets area. Keep in mind, these are rugged alpine trails, and route finding skills are often necessary. Most will benefit from the experience of a professional guide.

Agnew Meadows
From the trailhead in the backcountry visitors parking lot, follow the trail past the San Joaquin River and up to Shadow Lake. Continue on to Ediza Lake, then follow a faint trail around to Iceberg Lake. Continue around Iceberg Lake’s eastern shoreline to Cecile Lake, and finish at the base of Clyde Minaret.

Devils Postpile
From the Ranger Station in Red’s Meadow, take the trail across the San Joaquin River and head north through old growth forest. Find the Minarets Trail and follow it west to Minaret Lake.

Climbing
The Minarets are full of climbing routes, with Eichhorn, Clyde, and Michael Minarets being the most popular. These are technical alpine climbs and should not be attempted without extensive high alpine climbing experience. Consider hiring one of the many outfitters in town who offer guided, and instructional climbs.

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