This is a gerat wall with awesome rock. The hike is a bit burly and involves some scrambing. My first visit involved Class 5 scrambling. The pic I've included is like class 2/3 depending on how you stay on the rugged "trail." It can be hot in the summer. There are two routes here that are well worth the effort if you are solid on 5.11 crack and corner climbing.
Hike up towards Skull Rock staying on the ridge out of either gullies and break out right about 200 yards down the hill from Skull Rock and head around the east side of the crag up the rocky gully. Work yourself over to the east of Skull Rock below the first short wall in gully. Move to the east side of gully, and move up and left onto top of first little wall. Hoof it up zig-zagging your way around little cliffs to the Temple of Tao. There are a couple cool spots towards the top where some narrow mildly exposed walking ledges will be navigated.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Temple of Tao:
Treacherous 5.9+ Trad, 1 pitch, 60 feet
Heng Chuan Corner 5.9+ Trad, 1 pitch, 170 feet
Drunken Master 5.10a Trad, 2 pitches, 200 feet
Dragon Enters the Corner 5.10d PG13 Trad, 2 pitches, 180 feet
Vulgar Display of Power 5.11b Trad, 2 pitches, 170 feet
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Dragon Enters the Corner 5.10d PG13 CO : Estes Park Valley : ... : The Temple of Tao
The first pitch is 4 stars with outstanding friction stemming. The second pitch has a little dirty, spicy funk for 20' or so and then becomes 4 stars as well. Outstanding rock quality on this one.P1. (10d) Climb up a left-facing corner and clip a bolt out right. Work your way up into the corner. Friction stemming (10+) with bolt protection takes you up the first half of the corner. The second half of the corner is laybacks and finger locks (10+). The angle of the corner eases and takes you to a ...[more] Browse More Classics in CO