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 Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',11],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
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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'
Endymion 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport, 2 pitches, 200'
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Amarillo By Morning 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b CA
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"Amarillo by Morning" ascends the steep wall 30 ft. left of "Endymion." To reach the base, traverse the low angle slab or scramble up between the low angle slab and the brush on the southwest side of The Chicken to a sandy belay nook. Climb the low angle apron on knobs and inclusions. As the wall steepens a line of stellar, but spaced pockets appear along with cobbles and inclusions. Pull the bulge on awesome pockets and knobs. Continue up the lower angle slab and pockets to the anchor....[more] Browse More Classics in CA
Looking down the first pitch of Goldline. After t...
On the Hyperion Slab pulling on Sexy Tractor.
Hyperion Slab from the southwest.
On the slab below the roof of the lower portion of...
BETA PHOTO: The south facing "Hyperion Slab" at Texa...
Climbers vying for routes on the Hyperion Slab.
Climbers using the lower slab of Hyperion Slab to ...
Eddie leading on the slab at Texas Canyon
Enjoying warm sunny rock on The Chicken/Hyperion S...
Kids playing at the base of Hyperion Slab.
Climbing "She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy."
A party in the making on the summit of the Elephan...
Late afternoon descending on the Elephant Head.
A climber in creative pose on the summit of the El...
A prime example of "parallel play" on th...
Soil erosion at the base of Hyperion Slab after so...
Flourishing vegetation at the base of Hyperion Sla...
There are several new lines on the east face of th...
The hardware on "Endymion."
|Comments on The Elephant's Head (& Hyperion Slab)
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
From: Acton, California
Aug 2, 2013
Thank you, Ben!! Now I have it figured out!