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East Face of the Elephant's Head (The Caves) Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 2,600'
Location: 34.52691, -118.40171 View Map  Incorrect?
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A party on "Black Gold," a 5.10 route on...

Description 

To some discerning eyes (and with imagination...pareidolia) 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.

Climbing Season

For the Texas Canyon area.

Weather station 4.3 miles from here

4 Total Climbing Routes

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['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',0],['5.10',3],['5.11',1],['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]


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Rock Climbing Photo: A party of climbers on "Black Gold."

Black Gold 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  CA : Los Angeles Basin : ... : East Face of the Elephant's...
Carefully climb the crumbly slab and nimbly traverse around the large detached block to reach the 1st bolt. Above the block the rock improves considerably. Move left and follow the wonderful pockets, inclusions, and features through the black patina-like varnish. Near the top trend left to the anchors. Great moves on awesome features above the 1st bolt....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Rock Climbing Photo: Texas Canyon from the southeast.
Texas Canyon from the southeast.
Rock Climbing Photo: The wildflowers are just getting started at Texas ...
The wildflowers are just getting started at Texas ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking at the Elephant Ear, east face of the Elep...
Looking at the Elephant Ear, east face of the Elep...
Rock Climbing Photo: Classic. They came, they utilized the ANF, and the...
Classic. They came, they utilized the ANF, and the...
Rock Climbing Photo: A party of climbers on the East Face. A 5.10 route...
A party of climbers on the East Face. A 5.10 route...
Rock Climbing Photo: Staying dry through a midsummer thunderstorm.
Staying dry through a midsummer thunderstorm.
Rock Climbing Photo: The "anchor" for "Brachiation Dance...
The "anchor" for "Brachiation Dance...
Rock Climbing Photo: Caves at the base of the east face of the Elephant...
Caves at the base of the east face of the Elephant...
Rock Climbing Photo: The eastface of The Chicken.
The eastface of The Chicken.
Rock Climbing Photo: Enjoying fun moves on the old crumbly start to &qu...
Enjoying fun moves on the old crumbly start to &qu...
Rock Climbing Photo: Climber high on the East Face.
Climber high on the East Face.
Rock Climbing Photo: A climber working the moves on a 5.10 route that a...
A climber working the moves on a 5.10 route that a...
Rock Climbing Photo: Caves at the base of the East Face of The Chicken ...
Caves at the base of the East Face of The Chicken ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Stormy weather approaching at Texas Canyon.
Stormy weather approaching at Texas Canyon.
Rock Climbing Photo: An exclusive parking area for the road grader.
An exclusive parking area for the road grader.
Rock Climbing Photo: Rain replacing sunshine at the end of another grea...
Rain replacing sunshine at the end of another grea...
Rock Climbing Photo: The east face of the Elephant's Head surrounded by...
The east face of the Elephant's Head surrounded by...
Rock Climbing Photo: A juvenile Racer at the base of the east face of T...
A juvenile Racer at the base of the east face of T...
Rock Climbing Photo:  Now you don't see that very often, especially in ...
Now you don't see that very often, especially in ...
Rock Climbing Photo: The Elephant Head in all its morning splendor.
The Elephant Head in all its morning splendor.
Rock Climbing Photo: The moon setting over Texas Canyon.
The moon setting over Texas Canyon.
Rock Climbing Photo: A climber on the east face of The Chicken.
A climber on the east face of The Chicken.
Rock Climbing Photo: Climber leading on the East Face of The Chicken.
Climber leading on the East Face of The Chicken.
Rock Climbing Photo: The East Face of the Elephant Head.
The East Face of the Elephant Head.

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