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The Elephant's Head (& Hyperion Slab)

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Lonestar S 
Poke Salad Annie S 
Pretty Good at Drinkin' Beer S 
She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy S 
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The Elephant's Head (& Hyperion Slab)  


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Submitted By: Benjamin Chapman on May 25, 2011
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Description 

The Elephant's Head is the 1st rock formation encountered on the approach to Texas Canyon and by far the largest. This formation is easily distinguished, from the trail, by the large caves on its east face and its huge slabby south face, Hyperion Slab. The majority of the longer climbs at Texas Canyon are located on the south and west faces of the Elephant's Head. The Pangea Wall lies on the north face. Its west face forms the east wall of the First Corridor. The formation is about 200 ft. high.

Getting There 

From the parking area on the west side of the road, walk up the road past the locked white gate. When the crag comes into sight, look for a trail on the right that diagonals down to the right. Continue following the dirt track downhill and skirt the large formation with the caves to the left. Hyperion Slab is the huge slab on the south side of the formation, with the roof or overhang on the lower portion.

Climbing Season



Weather station 5.2 miles from here

14 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',10],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',2],['5.7',1],['5.8',3],['5.9',1],['5.10',5],['5.11',1],['5.12',0],['5.13',1],['>=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 The Elephant's Head (& Hyperion Slab):
Hyperion   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 2 pitches, 200'   
She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 85'   
Urban Cowboy   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Yellow Rose of Texas   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 85'   
Endymion   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 2 pitches, 200'   
Pretty Good at Drinkin' Beer   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
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Looking down the first pitch of Goldline.  After t...
Looking down the first pitch of Goldline. After t...
On the Hyperion Slab pulling  on Sexy Tractor.
On the Hyperion Slab pulling on Sexy Tractor.
Hyperion Slab from the southwest.
Hyperion Slab from the southwest.
On the slab below the roof of the lower portion of...
On the slab below the roof of the lower portion of...
There are several new lines on the east face of th...
There are several new lines on the east face of th...
Climbers vying for routes on the Hyperion Slab.
Climbers vying for routes on the Hyperion Slab.
Climbers using the lower slab of Hyperion Slab to ...
Climbers using the lower slab of Hyperion Slab to ...
Eddie leading on the slab at Texas Canyon
Eddie leading on the slab at Texas Canyon
Enjoying warm sunny rock on The Chicken/Hyperion S...
Enjoying warm sunny rock on The Chicken/Hyperion S...
Party Time!
Party Time!
Kids playing at the base of Hyperion Slab.
Kids playing at the base of Hyperion Slab.
Climbing "She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy."
Climbing "She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy."
The Chicken
The Chicken
The south facing "Hyperion Slab" at Texa...
BETA PHOTO: The south facing "Hyperion Slab" at Texa...
Late afternoon descending on the Elephant Head.
Late afternoon descending on the Elephant Head.
Soil erosion at the base of Hyperion Slab after so...
Soil erosion at the base of Hyperion Slab after so...
A prime example of "parallel play" on th...
A prime example of "parallel play" on th...

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By Jeff Edge
Apr 29, 2013
There are 2 routes to the left of Amarillo by Morning I climbed Saturday, the one immediately to the left felt easy-mid 11ish (admittedly more on the easy side once I got the moves worked out), the one to the left of that felt like maybe 5.9 and shared anchors with a route one more to the left that looked even easier.

Anybody know anything about these? Or what the "11" actually goes at?
By Benjamin Chapman
From: Small Town, USA
Apr 30, 2013
There are actually three routes left of "Amarillo by Morning." Each route has its own 2-ring Fixe anchor.
L to R......(as you're facing the rock)
"Poke Salad Annie" (5.8) 6 bolts
"Urban Cowboy" (5.9) 7 bolts
"Lonestar" (5.10d/11a) 5 bolts
"Amarillo by Morning" (5.10a/b) 8 bolts
By NancyM
From: Acton, California
Aug 2, 2013
Thank you, Ben!! Now I have it figured out!