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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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Administrators: Chris Owen, M.Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer, Justin Johnsen, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
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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Photo of the first (crux) pitch. Hopefully this he...

Dark Star 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b  CA : High Sierra : Temple Crag
One of Peter Croft's "Big Four Free Climbs" of the High Sierra (see Peter's book here).This is possibly the most direct line on Temple Crag, taking a plumb line from the lowest point of the face to the top. Either start from the nadir of the face and climb 400 feet of lower class 5, or walk up around the left side and traverse back right on a large ledge. Climb up to a small, right facing dihedral and climb it (crux). On the next pitch, work your way up and left to a crack be...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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The beautiful water of Third Lake, Temple Crag in ...
The beautiful water of Third Lake, Temple Crag in ...
Reflection- Temple Crag
Reflection- Temple Crag
These fish were pulled from Third Lake. Fish the i...
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 thin...
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 Rib...
High ridges on Temple Crag. Nearest one is Sun Rib...
Alpenglow on the Dark Star buttress - Temple Crag
Alpenglow on the Dark Star buttress - Temple Crag
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..
even the pines are colorful this time of year
even the pines are colorful this time of year
Same angle in a nicer time of year
Same angle in a nicer time of year
Temple Crag from above the translucent Fourth Lake...
Temple Crag from above the translucent Fourth Lake...

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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.