The Elephant's Head (& Hyperion Slab) Rock Climbing
Texas Canyon from the southeast.
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.
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.
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]
Classic Climbing Routes in The Elephant's Head (& Hyperion Slab)
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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'
Aenea 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Endymion 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport, 2 pitches, 200'
Featured Route For The Elephant's Head (& Hyperion Slab)
Hyperion 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b CA
: Los Angeles Basin
: ... : The Elephant's Head (& Hype...
Crux is 25 feet from the ground on the first pitch. It's mostly much easier than 5.7. I call it "sustained 5.2." First pitch is a full rope length. NO 80 ft belay here. This route is not a sport climb. It's an adventure route. Designed to be a direct line to the summit. 20 to 30 ft run outs up high. All the other routes have 80 ft belay stations for sport. Lots of ways to get down if you know the area....[more] Browse More Classics in CA
Sometime over the long hot summer this memorial an...
The hardware on "Endymion."
Looking down the first pitch of Goldline. After t...
A GoPro found positioned at the base of Hyperion S...
Eddie leading on the slab at Texas Canyon
Climbers vying for routes on the Hyperion Slab.
Enjoying warm sunny rock on The Chicken/Hyperion S...
Flourishing vegetation at the base of Hyperion Sla...
Late afternoon descending on the Elephant Head.
On the slab below the roof of the lower portion of...
A prime example of "parallel play" on th...
Climbers using the lower slab of Hyperion Slab to ...
Soil erosion at the base of Hyperion Slab after so...
On the Hyperion Slab pulling on Sexy Tractor.
There are several new lines on the east face of th...
A party in the making on the summit of the Elephan...
Climbing "She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy."
A climber in creative pose on the summit of the El...
BETA PHOTO: The south facing "Hyperion Slab" at Texa...
Sunset from Hyperion Slab/Elephant's Head.
Kids playing at the base of Hyperion Slab.
Hyperion Slab from the southwest.
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