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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).


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+ MVS 4b     Trad, Alpine, 13 pitches, 1500'   
Temple, Galey, Sill Traverse   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Trad, Alpine, Grade IV   
Moon Goddess Arete   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, Alpine, 18 pitches, 2000'   
Sun Ribbon Arete   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a     Trad, Alpine, 22 pitches, 2000'   
Dark Star   5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b     Trad, Alpine, 16 pitches, 2000'   
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Topo of Planaria on Temple Crag

Planaria 5.10 6b 20 VII- E2 5b CA : High Sierra : Temple Crag
In 1997, Gordon Wiltsie and Jay Jensen established Planaria, using aid to ascend a shallow, right-facing dihedral up to a right-trending roof, thence up into the large shallow dihedral that comprises the bulk of the route.Higher, after a 60-foot fall out of the left side, Gorden and Jay went up the right side of the flatworm flake that gives the route its name.The pair ended their fine ascent at the top of the Lower Buttress where the route joins with Dark Star and Barefoot Bynum.Partly because ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Reflection- Temple Crag
Reflection- Temple Crag
The beautiful water of Third Lake, Temple Crag in background
The beautiful water of Third Lake, Temple Crag in ...
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...
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.
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...
November storm clears over Temple Crag.
November storm clears over Temple Crag.
Camp...
Camp...
Checking out Temple Crag and Second Lake
Checking out Temple Crag and Second Lake
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.
Temple Flowers
Temple Flowers
early views of Temple Crag
early views of Temple Crag
Heading towards the summit after Moon Goddess...
Heading towards the summit after Moon Goddess...
Dark Star buttress
Dark Star buttress
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 final talus field
the final talus field
Alpenglow on the Dark Star buttress - Temple Crag
Alpenglow on the Dark Star buttress - Temple Crag
Same angle in a nicer time of year
Same angle in a nicer time of year
Temple Crag summit register.  This thing dates back to the 80's and is quite entertaining to check out.
Temple Crag summit register. This thing dates bac...
 <br />Temple Crag

Temple Crag
Temple Crag
BETA PHOTO: Temple Crag
Don't even need flies!  I caught brooks with plastic crappie baits I brought from home...
Don't even need flies! I caught brooks with plast...
Ah, the Temple.
Ah, the Temple.
Temple Crag from above the translucent Fourth Lake. Mt Sill stands guard in the background.
Temple Crag from above the translucent Fourth Lake...
even the pines are colorful this time of year
even the pines are colorful this time of year
white rein orchid (Platanthera leucostachys) on the N Fork of Big Pine Creek trail
white rein orchid (Platanthera leucostachys) on th...
descent from Contact Pass
descent from Contact Pass
stream crossing in a low snow year (June 2013)
stream crossing in a low snow year (June 2013)
3rd lake..
3rd lake..
looking up toward Galey Camp
looking up toward Galey Camp
The aretes of Temple Crag seen somewhat in profile
The aretes of Temple Crag seen somewhat in profile
snowfield and Venusian Blind/Moon Goddess approach ledges in a low snow year
snowfield and Venusian Blind/Moon Goddess approach...
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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/temple-gayley-sill-traverse-june-2>>>

By Chris Owen
Administrator
From: La Crescenta and Big Bear Lake
Nov 8, 2012

Gil, dead link.