A bit of a different crag for American Fork Canyon, The Temple isn't overhanging, pocketed, dark rock . Rather, the lines are found on mostly lighter-colored, almost tan limestone with angles ranging from somewhat less than vertical to just overhanging.
The climbing consists of a lot of delicate face movement on small edges, with some arete and dihedral work here and there. Of course, in the few overhanging parts, it's a bit more thuggish.
There are two sections: The "main" wall is to the left of the scree field and the "wave" wall is to the right.
The area is north-facing so it's a good area for summertime climbing as the crag gets very little direct sunlight.
There is no well-defined trail, only an intermittent semi-defined path mostly from animals. The rather heinous approach ascends up the gully below the crag.
Park at the large pullout on the left after the visitors center. Start up directly across the road on the faint trail. Follow the sort-of trail up and then skirt the right side of the talus field you encounter on your left.
Eventually you'll want to transition into the gully below the crag and make your way up, crossing back and forth over loose debris. Watch out for rocks; in the fall once some apparently spontaneous rockfall above the crag sent bowling ball sized rocks crashing down the gully.
A truly enjoyable route up slighty-less than vertical (mostly) rock with technical, tricky movement.None of the movement is particularly strenuous on its own but the route is continuous enough that the pump creeps up on you and peaks right about where the trickiest, steepest movement is required.Start up on some big holds along the arete to the first bolt, then head left to a shallow, right-facing corner and up.Note that the anchors and last bolt aren't very visible near the top where the angle ...[more]Browse More Classics in UT