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The Elephant's Head (& Hyperion Slab)

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Amarillo By Morning S 
Brachiation Dance S 
Don't Mess With Muleshoe S 
Endymion S 
Goldline S 
Hyperion S 
Lonestar S 
Poke Salad Annie S 
Pretty Good at Drinkin' Beer S 
She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy S 
Skyline S 
Urban Cowboy S 
Yellow Rose of Texas S 

The Elephant's Head (& Hyperion Slab) Rock Climbing 


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Location: 34.51315, -118.4012 View Map  Incorrect?
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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 Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',10],['1 Star',2],['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]

Classic Climbing Routes in The Elephant's Head (& Hyperion Slab)

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing 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'   
Poke Salad Annie   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Aenea   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Urban Cowboy   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Endymion   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 2 pitches, 200'   
Yellow Rose of Texas   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 85'   
Amarillo By Morning   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 85'   
Pretty Good at Drinkin' Beer   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: "She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy" climbs th...

She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  CA : Los Angeles Basin : ... : The Elephant's Head (& Hype...
Begin 15 feet right of "Goldline" where the Hyperion Slab becomes undercut. Scramble up the featured slab to a high 1st bolt. Move up and right of a large red inclusion to a set of deep pockets and pull the steep headwall. Continue up the slab on knobs and friction to a shared anchor with "Goldline."...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

Photos of The Elephant's Head (& Hyperion Slab) Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Sometime over the long hot summer this memorial an...
Sometime over the long hot summer this memorial an...
Rock Climbing Photo: The hardware on "Endymion."
The hardware on "Endymion."
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking down the first pitch of Goldline.  After t...
Looking down the first pitch of Goldline. After t...
Rock Climbing Photo: A GoPro found positioned at the base of Hyperion S...
A GoPro found positioned at the base of Hyperion S...
Rock Climbing Photo: Eddie leading on the slab at Texas Canyon
Eddie leading on the slab at Texas Canyon
Rock Climbing Photo: Climbers vying for routes on the Hyperion Slab.
Climbers vying for routes on the Hyperion Slab.
Rock Climbing Photo: Party Time!
Party Time!
Rock Climbing Photo: The Chicken
The Chicken
Rock Climbing Photo: Enjoying warm sunny rock on The Chicken/Hyperion S...
Enjoying warm sunny rock on The Chicken/Hyperion S...
Rock Climbing Photo: Flourishing vegetation at the base of Hyperion Sla...
Flourishing vegetation at the base of Hyperion Sla...
Rock Climbing Photo: Late afternoon descending on the Elephant Head.
Late afternoon descending on the Elephant Head.
Rock Climbing Photo: On the slab below the roof of the lower portion of...
On the slab below the roof of the lower portion of...
Rock Climbing Photo: A prime example of "parallel play" on th...
A prime example of "parallel play" on th...
Rock Climbing Photo: Climbers using the lower slab of Hyperion Slab to ...
Climbers using the lower slab of Hyperion Slab to ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Soil erosion at the base of Hyperion Slab after so...
Soil erosion at the base of Hyperion Slab after so...
Rock Climbing Photo: On the Hyperion Slab pulling  on Sexy Tractor.
On the Hyperion Slab pulling on Sexy Tractor.
Rock Climbing Photo: There are several new lines on the east face of th...
There are several new lines on the east face of th...
Rock Climbing Photo: A party in the making on the summit of the Elephan...
A party in the making on the summit of the Elephan...
Rock Climbing Photo: Climbing "She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy."
Climbing "She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy."
Rock Climbing Photo: A climber in creative pose on the summit of the El...
A climber in creative pose on the summit of the El...
Rock Climbing Photo: The south facing "Hyperion Slab" at Texa...
BETA PHOTO: The south facing "Hyperion Slab" at Texa...
Rock Climbing Photo: Sunset from Hyperion Slab/Elephant's Head.
Sunset from Hyperion Slab/Elephant's Head.
Rock Climbing Photo: Kids playing at the base of Hyperion Slab.
Kids playing at the base of Hyperion Slab.
Rock Climbing Photo: Hyperion Slab from the southwest.
Hyperion Slab from the southwest.

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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!

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