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Temple of Ishtar

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Temple of Ishtar Rock Climbing 


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Location: 34.51348, -118.40257 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Benjamin Chapman on May 26, 2011
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Description 

The Temple of Ishtar is the second largest of the formations at Texas Canyon and the western most major formation at Texas Canyon. The Temple of Ishtar is a two minute walk over the ridge and down the hill, to the west, from the base of The Chicken (Hyperion Slab) and the southern entrance to The Canyon. While the Temple of Ishtar appears low angle and slabby from the east, the west and southwest faces offer bolted routes on steep knobby walls.

Getting There 

From the parking area, walk up the dirt road past the white gate for ~ 100 yds until the crag comes into view. Take the trail, on the right, that diagonals down toward the large formation with the caves on its east face. Skirt the large formation with the caves, to the left (south). Once the trail levels off continue west around the southern end of the huge slab and past the opening to The Canyon and over the ridge to the west. The large slabby formation furthest south is the Temple of Ishtar. Continue downhill along the southern edge of Temple of Ishtar's southwest face. The climbs are on the face to the right.

Climbing Season

For the Texas Canyon area.

Weather station 5.2 miles from here

8 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',1],['5.7',0],['5.8',2],['5.9',1],['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]

Classic Climbing Routes in Temple of Ishtar

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Temple of Ishtar:
Deep in the Heart of Dixie   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 95'   
Heart and Sole   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 95'   
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Featured Route For Temple of Ishtar
Rock Climbing Photo: On the arete of "Deep in the Heart of Dixie&q...

Deep in the Heart of Dixie 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  CA : Los Angeles Basin : ... : Temple of Ishtar
Deep in the Heart of Dixie climbs the blunt arete that forms the right margin of the Heart Wall. There are two approaches; begin climbing just uphill from the toe of the arete below a line of red/maroon hangers and move right at the 3rd bolt (5.8+) or begin just right of the buttress below a large hueco and gain the arete via the overhung face. Continue up the featured and pockets face trending right to the anchors. The 5.8+ variation may necessitate long slings on the 3rd & 4th bolts ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

Photos of Temple of Ishtar Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: A party climbing on the Temple of Ishtar.
A party climbing on the Temple of Ishtar.
Rock Climbing Photo: The south face of the Temple of Ishtar.
The south face of the Temple of Ishtar.
Rock Climbing Photo: The Ishtar/Babel Massiff from the west.
The Ishtar/Babel Massiff from the west.
Rock Climbing Photo: Checking out the south face of the Temple of Ishta...
Checking out the south face of the Temple of Ishta...
Rock Climbing Photo: The horizontal Oak tree at the base of "Texas...
The horizontal Oak tree at the base of "Texas...
Rock Climbing Photo: The Temple of Ishtar, from the SW.
The Temple of Ishtar, from the SW.
Rock Climbing Photo: Temple of Ishtar.
Temple of Ishtar.
Rock Climbing Photo: On the west face of the Temple of Ishtar.
On the west face of the Temple of Ishtar.
Rock Climbing Photo: Southeastern aspect of the Temple of Ishtar/Tower ...
Southeastern aspect of the Temple of Ishtar/Tower ...
Rock Climbing Photo: A unique hueco or solution pocket at the base of t...
A unique hueco or solution pocket at the base of t...
Rock Climbing Photo: Beavertail Cactus in nice spring bloom.
Beavertail Cactus in nice spring bloom.
Rock Climbing Photo: The recent, and more frequent rains have resulted ...
The recent, and more frequent rains have resulted ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Enjoying the featured stone on the Temple of Ishta...
Enjoying the featured stone on the Temple of Ishta...
Rock Climbing Photo: The south face of the Temple of Ishtar in profile.
The south face of the Temple of Ishtar in profile.
Rock Climbing Photo: The steep lower off on the south face of the Templ...
The steep lower off on the south face of the Templ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Dixieland
Dixieland
Rock Climbing Photo: Mining choss on the west face of the Temple of Ish...
Mining choss on the west face of the Temple of Ish...
Rock Climbing Photo: The amazing heart-like feature at the base of the ...
The amazing heart-like feature at the base of the ...
Rock Climbing Photo: The vast expanse of knobs, pockets, and inclusions...
The vast expanse of knobs, pockets, and inclusions...
Rock Climbing Photo: The south face.
The south face.
Rock Climbing Photo: On the Heart Wall.
On the Heart Wall.
Rock Climbing Photo: Ravens nest on the south face of the Temple of Ish...
Ravens nest on the south face of the Temple of Ish...
Rock Climbing Photo: Getting established on the initial slab of the Hea...
Getting established on the initial slab of the Hea...
Rock Climbing Photo: Water sculpted fluting on the south face of the Te...
Water sculpted fluting on the south face of the Te...

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By Spider Savage
Dec 17, 2013
Why this formation is named "Temple of Ishtar"

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ishtar
By Benjamin Chapman
From: Small Town, USA
Jan 6, 2014
The Babylonian goddess of fertility, love, war, and sex. She's rock hard and impressive, just like the Temple of Ishtar formation. Impressive. This formation will likely change names, to the "Ten Gallon Hat," in the rumored future guidebook to a Texas Canyon.

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