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Temple Crag  


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Elevation: 12,999'
Location: 37.1096, -118.491 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Chris Owen on Mar 9, 2006
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Looking up at Temple Crag from Second Lake.

Description 

This huge granite cathedral, with its flying buttresses (the Celestial Aretes, Venusian, Moon Goddess, and Sun Ribbon) on the left, and the truly awesome buttress of Dark Star in the center, is the premier long rock climbing area of the Palisades.

Getting There 

From Big Pine on 395 drive up the road to Glacier Lodge; trailhead is signed on the right.

Hike up the North Fork of Big Pine Creek past Cienega Mirth, Lon Chaney's old cabin, to First Lake, then, just past the lake cut left and head towards the far (south) side of Second Lake - this is where I camp (4.3 miles, 2,300 ft elevation gain). The base of Temple Crag can be reached by hiking up a scree slope to the west of the lake. Some people hike to Third Lake and approach the climbs from there. Some people bivouac beneath the Crag (especially useful for Dark Star).

Climbing Season



Weather station 5.9 miles from here

8 Total Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',2],['5.7',2],['5.8',1],['5.9',0],['5.10',3],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Temple Crag:
Venusian Blind   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, Alpine, 13 pitches, 1500'   
Temple, Galey, Sill Traverse   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, Alpine, Grade IV   
Moon Goddess Arete   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Alpine, 18 pitches, 2000'   
Sun Ribbon Arete   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, Alpine, 22 pitches, 2000'   
Dark Star   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, Alpine, 16 pitches, 2000'   
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Featured Route For Temple Crag
Tourjee belays Ted Teegarden on the pinacle traverse pitch. Great exposure

Moon Goddess Arete 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  CA : High Sierra : Temple Crag
Climbs the middle of the Celestial Aretes.Gain the start of the climb by traversing a ledge leftwards which leads to the buttress. Scramble up for a few hundred feet to where the rock gets steeper; rope up here. Several moderate pitches lead to the first impasse, a gendarme which is bypassed on the right with a super-exposed traverse (5.7). Climb down to the base of the Ibrium Tower. A cracks lead to a platform and the second impasse below the flawless section of the Tower (5.8). Pass ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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The beautiful water of Third Lake, Temple Crag in background
The beautiful water of Third Lake, Temple Crag in ...
Reflection- Temple Crag
Reflection- Temple Crag
These fish were pulled from Third Lake. Fish the inlets with flies and have some tastie "brookies" for your ownself.
These fish were pulled from Third Lake. Fish the i...
Temple Crag and evening light
Temple Crag and evening light
An oil painting I did of one of the lakes.  I think we climbed Dark Star on that trip.
An oil painting I did of one of the lakes. I thin...
Temple Crag.
Temple Crag.
Temple Crag from Second Lake(6/6/2011).
Temple Crag from Second Lake(6/6/2011).
The classic view from Second Lake
The classic view from Second Lake
A nice campsite near the base of Darkstar Buttress.
A nice campsite near the base of Darkstar Buttress...
Dark Star buttress
Dark Star buttress
Checking out Temple Crag and Second Lake
Checking out Temple Crag and Second Lake
November storm clears over Temple Crag.
November storm clears over Temple Crag.
Temple Flowers
Temple Flowers
Camp...
Camp...
Temple Crag, as viewed from Second Lake.
Temple Crag, as viewed from Second Lake.
High ridges on Temple Crag. Nearest one is Sun Ribbon Arete, the other is Dark Star.
High ridges on Temple Crag. Nearest one is Sun Rib...
Pano looking west from the Temple Crag summit.
Pano looking west from the Temple Crag summit.
Heading towards the summit after Moon Goddess...
Heading towards the summit after Moon Goddess...
early views of Temple Crag
early views of Temple Crag
3rd lake..
3rd lake..
Temple Crag rappel anchor- Why you should always check the entire rappel sling.  This sling was otherwise new, but the pinch at the back was sharp and severed the webbing.
Temple Crag rappel anchor- Why you should always c...
The aretes of Temple Crag seen somewhat in profile
The aretes of Temple Crag seen somewhat in profile
Temple Crag from above the translucent Fourth Lake. Mt Sill stands guard in the background.
Temple Crag from above the translucent Fourth Lake...
Same angle in a nicer time of year
Same angle in a nicer time of year

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By Gil Weiss
Mar 3, 2012
Temple-Gayley-Sill traverse, c2c
trip report with photos here:
pullharder.org/2012/03/02/temp...
By Chris Owen
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From: La Crescenta and Big Bear Lake
Nov 8, 2012
Gil, dead link.