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Elevation: 12,999 ft 3,962 m
GPS: 37.1096, -118.491
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Shared By: Chris Owen on Mar 9, 2006
Admins: Chris Owen, Lurk Er, Mike Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer Ski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

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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.

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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
 170
Venusian Blind
Trad, Alpine 13 pitches
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 16
Temple, Galey, Sill Traverse
Trad, Alpine
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 91
Moon Goddess Arete
Trad, Alpine 18 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 141
Sun Ribbon Arete
Trad, Alpine 22 pitches
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 95
Dark Star
Trad, Alpine 16 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Venusian Blind
 170
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, Alpine 13 pitches
Temple, Galey, Sill Traverse
 16
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, Alpine
Moon Goddess Arete
 91
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, Alpine 18 pitches
Sun Ribbon Arete
 141
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, Alpine 22 pitches
Dark Star
 95
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, Alpine 16 pitches
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