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Routes in The Elephant's Head (& Hyperion Slab)

Aenea S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Amarillo By Morning S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Brachiation Dance S 5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c
Don't Mess With Muleshoe S 5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Endymion S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Goldline S 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Hyperion S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Lonestar S 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
Poke Salad Annie S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Pretty Good at Drinkin' Beer S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Skyline S 5.2 3 8 II 8 D 2c
Urban Cowboy S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Yellow Rose of Texas S 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
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Elevation: 2,496 ft
GPS: 34.513, -118.401 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Benjamin Chapman on May 25, 2011
Admins: jt512, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes
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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 at the base of 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.

Getting There

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.

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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? Apr 29, 2013
Benjamin Chapman
Small Town, USA
Benjamin Chapman   Small Town, USA
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 Apr 30, 2013
NancyM Mastracchio
Acton, California
NancyM Mastracchio   Acton, California
Thank you, Ben!! Now I have it figured out! Aug 2, 2013

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