Elevation: 12,999 ft
GPS: 37.11, -118.491 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Chris Owen on Mar 9, 2006
Admins: Chris Owen, Lurker -, Mike Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

Description

This huge granite cathedral, with its flying buttresses (the Celestial Aretes, Venusian, Moon Goddess, and Sun Ribbon) on the left, and the truly awesome buttress of Dark Star in the center, is the premier long rock climbing area of the Palisades.

Getting There

From Big Pine on 395 turn west up Crocker Street (to Glacier Lodge); trailhead is signed on the right (about 10 miles).

Hike up the North Fork of Big Pine Creek past Cienega Mirth, Lon Chaney's old cabin, to First Lake, then, just past the lake cut left and head towards the far (south) side of Second Lake - this is where I camp (4.3 miles, 2,300 ft elevation gain). The base of Temple Crag can be reached by hiking up a scree slope to the west of the lake. Some people hike to Third Lake and approach the climbs from there. Some people bivouac beneath the Crag (especially useful for Dark Star).

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Classic Climbing Routes at Temple Crag

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 131
Venusian Blind
Trad, Alpine 13 pitches
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 10
Temple, Galey, Sill Traverse
Trad, Alpine
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 76
Moon Goddess Arete
Trad, Alpine 18 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 120
Sun Ribbon Arete
Trad, Alpine 22 pitches
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 75
Dark Star
Trad, Alpine 16 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Venusian Blind
 131
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, Alpine 13 pitches
Temple, Galey, Sill Traverse
 10
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, Alpine
Moon Goddess Arete
 76
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, Alpine 18 pitches
Sun Ribbon Arete
 120
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, Alpine 22 pitches
Dark Star
 75
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, Alpine 16 pitches
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