Base-camp for Clyde Minaret is at Lake Ediza (9,300 ft.), which is 6 miles from the Agnew Meadows trailhead (8,300 ft.). The approach to Clyde from Lake Ediza is about 1.75 miles, and the ascent of the North buttress begins at 11,100 ft. A rope is not necessary unless someone in your party is uncomfortable on exposed class 3. Most of the route is class 3 and the exposure is sustained at times - not a beginning class 3 route! The class 4 down climb along the summit ridge is not really very hard,

Other Information
Driving Distance from Portland 745 miles
Driving Time from Portland 14 hours
Expected Duration Car to car in two or more days
Relevant Maps SW of campsite at Lake Ediza,-119.16741&z=14&b=t&o=r&n=0.25