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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).
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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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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