Minerva's Temple Rock Climbing
Dave Head following the 6th pitch of the SE Face o...
Minerva's Temple is a lower summit east of the Organ Needle. When viewed from the Organ Needle summit, it appears as a sharp east-west ridge, separated from the "retaining wall" (the fin of rock on the south side of dark canyon) by a prominent gap. As viewed from the east either from Aguirre Springs or the White Sands Missile Range, Minerva's temple appears to be it's own distinct peak, with a massive and steep Southern and Eastern faces.
The regular route is reportedly the first ascent of the peak, being accomplished by the Yale Mountaineers club in some un-specified time in the past. More recent route development has occurred in the 2000's, with a few technical and ambitious lines which tackle the huge Southern and Eastern faces of the mountain.
Routes on the impressive South and East faces are best approached from Aguirre Springs. There are no established trails for these approaches, but one recommended option is to use the Indian Hollow trail (the same approach trail as for Sugarloaf
). Keep following the trail past Sugarloaf
and all the way to it's end at a nice camp-ground. From here bush-whack your way up the ridge directly towards Minerva's Temple.
The West Ridge
route and other shorter summiting routes can be approached from the West via Filmore Canyon or using the same approach as for Organ Needle
regular routes. The maple-filled canyon between Minerva's Temple and Organ Needle is absolutely sublime when in fall foliage.
Climbing Season For the Organ Mountains area.
Weather station 10.1 miles from here
2 Total Climbing Routes
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Featured Route For Minerva's Temple
North Face / East Ridge 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b New Mexico
: Organ Mountains
: ... : Minerva's Temple
This was the first route to ascend the quixotic north face of Minerva’s Temple, Queen of the Organ Mountains, and stands alone as THE visionary hard-man’s route in the Organs. If you are looking for a big serving of adventure with a side of hard work, you will find it here.Approach: 3 miles, 2500’. Allow 3 hours to hike in and 2.5 to hike out. The gate into Aguirre (Uh-geer-ee) Springs doesn’t open until ~7am, so if you want an alpine start, you’ll need to camp out the night pri...[more] Browse More Classics in New Mexico
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