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Elevation: 616 ft
GPS: 33.556, -117.767 Google Map · Climbing Map
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Shared By: Nate Meyer on Dec 3, 2015 with updates
Admins: jt512, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes


The route is a sport climb that can easily be top roped, although the ropes will drag across the rocks (I say use a tarp) due to anchor placement. The route is a 5.8 and the rock is very sandy, I plan on cleaning it before use next time because there were sections of the climb I felt nervous on due to rock being sandy/didnt feel solid. No camping or access fees, just a 1/2 mile or so hike off of alta laguna.

Getting There

From Alta Laguna Park, take the West Ridge Trail north and down-hill to Canyon Acres trail/fireroad. Turn left and head down hill on Canyon Acres. After heading downhill for a hundred yards or even more, you can head left-ish onto a singletrack trail and follow it for a couple hundred yards. At this point you should be even with the top of the crag -- located to the left. The Canyon Acres fireroad will a short distance off to your right. A rough (but fairly level) trail of sorts on your left for about 150 yards takes you to the top of the crag.

It is also possible to reach Temple Rock by hiking up Canyon Acres fireroad from the bottom. From Laguna Canyon Road, turn east on Canyon Acres Dr. follow this road to its end and park here. A steep fireroad leads up about 0.5+ miles to where you can head off right to the top of the crag.

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I went to check this out last weekend and did a little solo TR-ing. I spent some time scoping it out first from top to bottom, taking photos, and clearing things up a little at the top so that I could figure out what the heck was going on with the long anchor chain (see photo). The approach was very easy and straightforward. There were two sets of anchors up top using old bolts and hangers (again, see photos). There was also a single bolt anchor using the same stuff as on top for the routes that lead up to the cave on the left side (climber's left). The face is still a little gritty as I'm sure this place gets nearly no traffic aside from whoever hangs out there with their camp chairs that they've "stashed" there alongside the condom wrappers, empty cans and broken bottles. All-in-all, I kind of liked the place in the sense that there isn't much that you can rope up on in the area and it has a short approach and a beautiful setting. There is a chance that I would be moving to the area this Summer and might put in some work to update this place and establish things a bit more. The anchors all need replacing and the face bolts (the only 2 I saw) should not be used at all, at least in my opinion. Jan 24, 2016
From the photo and the satellite image, this crag is Temple Rock. The first climbing routes (mostly TRs, but some leads) on Temple Rock were established in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The Hunk Guide to Orange County lists 11 routes on this main crag. Information was originally derived from a 1 page Climbing Guide - Handout from The Backpacker Shop in Santa Ana by Steve Mackay (1973).

There were a couple bolts originally placed. Not sure if they are still there, but they should be considered completely unreliable. Dec 19, 2015

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