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East Face of the Elephant Head (The Caves)

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East Face of the Elephant Head (The Caves) 


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Elevation: 2,600'
Location: 34.51312, -118.40124 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: jt512, M.Morley, Salamanizer, Justin Johnsen, Kristine Hoffman
Submitted By: Benjamin Chapman on Feb 24, 2013
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Description 

To some discerning eyes (and with imagination) this formation appears to be the head of an elephant, facing south. The massive and steep east face of the Elephant Head is the first, and the largest, formation encountered when making the approach to Texas Canyon. The East Face is destinguished by the large caves along the base of the wall. The East Face is labeled as The Caves in Troy Mayr's 2004 Southern California Sport Climbing (3rd edition).


Getting There 

From the parking area, follow the dirt road, west, past the locked gate. The East Face of the Elephant Head is the formation with the caves, as the crags of Texas Canyon come into view.


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Featured Route For East Face of the Elephant Head (The Caves)
"Honeybee" (5.10a/b) climbs the face of the pinnacle, the Ear or Shrike Temple, right of the climbers.

Honeybee 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ E2 5b  CA : Los Angeles Basin : ... : East Face of the Elephant H...
Climb five or six feet up the slab that forms the base of the gully between the Elephant Head and the pinnacle. Stem right, clip the 1st bolt, and pull onto the prow of the pinnacle. Continue pulling knobs, small pockets, and inclusions up the face. Work up and left across the middle of the steep, featured slab. Near the top of the slab work to the right and pull the bulging headwall to a break. Here climb the right side of the face as it narrows to a rounded arÍte. Continue up the arÍte, then l...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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The East Face of the Elephant Head.
The East Face of the Elephant Head.
A climber on the east face of The Chicken.
A climber on the east face of The Chicken.
Caves at the base of the East Face of The Chicken at Texas Canyon.
Caves at the base of the East Face of The Chicken ...
A party of climbers on the East Face. A 5.10 route.
A party of climbers on the East Face. A 5.10 route...
A climber working the moves on a 5.10 route that ascends the left side of the isthmus.
A climber working the moves on a 5.10 route that a...
Classic. They came, they utilized the ANF, and they left their litter. Hopefully, other users will be more thoughtful.
Classic. They came, they utilized the ANF, and the...
A juvenile Racer at the base of the east face of The Chicken.
A juvenile Racer at the base of the east face of T...
Rain replacing sunshine at the end of another great day at Texas Canyon, with the east face of The Chicken in the background.
Rain replacing sunshine at the end of another grea...
Climber high on the East Face.
Climber high on the East Face.
The Elephant Head in all its morning splendor.
The Elephant Head in all its morning splendor.
Enjoying fun moves on the old crumbly start to "Black Gold," on the east face of the Elephant Head.
Enjoying fun moves on the old crumbly start to "Bl...
Climber leading on the East Face of The Chicken.
Climber leading on the East Face of The Chicken.
The eastface of The Chicken.
The eastface of The Chicken.
Looking at the Elephant Ear, east face of the Elephant Head.
Looking at the Elephant Ear, east face of the Elep...
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