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Temple Rock

Temple Rock Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 616'
Location: 33.55601, -117.76651 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Nate Meyer on Dec 3, 2015  with updates from Randy and 1 more
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BETA PHOTO: Temple Rock guide circa 1973, By Steve Mackay

Description 

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.

Climbing Season

For the Beaches area.

Weather station 1.8 miles from here


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Rock Climbing Photo: The view from the cave looking along the face of t...
BETA PHOTO: The view from the cave looking along the face of t...
Rock Climbing Photo: The trail down the right side of the crag that tak...
BETA PHOTO: The trail down the right side of the crag that tak...
Rock Climbing Photo: Behind the top of the rock was this chain wrapped ...
BETA PHOTO: Behind the top of the rock was this chain wrapped ...
Rock Climbing Photo: A comfy crag
A comfy crag
Rock Climbing Photo: Within the cave are some cracks to build an anchor...
BETA PHOTO: Within the cave are some cracks to build an anchor...
Rock Climbing Photo: The single bolt that lies at the lip of the cave t...
BETA PHOTO: The single bolt that lies at the lip of the cave t...
Rock Climbing Photo: Some of the scenery of and from the cave.
Some of the scenery of and from the cave.
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking up toward the right side of the face
BETA PHOTO: Looking up toward the right side of the face
Rock Climbing Photo: Found this on Google Earth
BETA PHOTO: Found this on Google Earth
Rock Climbing Photo: More cool rock formations.
More cool rock formations.
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking up toward the left of the face
BETA PHOTO: Looking up toward the left of the face
Rock Climbing Photo: A striking crack that unfortunately isn't as nice ...
BETA PHOTO: A striking crack that unfortunately isn't as nice ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Close-up of the bolts for the cave-side of the roc...
BETA PHOTO: Close-up of the bolts for the cave-side of the roc...
Rock Climbing Photo: A close-up of the bolts for the main face routes. ...
BETA PHOTO: A close-up of the bolts for the main face routes. ...
Rock Climbing Photo: The second set of bolts on the top of the crag tha...
BETA PHOTO: The second set of bolts on the top of the crag tha...
Rock Climbing Photo: One set of bolts for the middle portion of the fac...
BETA PHOTO: One set of bolts for the middle portion of the fac...
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking up the rock from the bottom along the corn...
BETA PHOTO: Looking up the rock from the bottom along the corn...
Rock Climbing Photo: Here's a view of the top of the crag. I took this ...
BETA PHOTO: Here's a view of the top of the crag. I took this ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking up toward the middle of the face
BETA PHOTO: Looking up toward the middle of the face
Rock Climbing Photo: One of the two bolts for what I think are for &quo...
BETA PHOTO: One of the two bolts for what I think are for &quo...
Rock Climbing Photo: The side of Temple Rock as seen from the approach ...
BETA PHOTO: The side of Temple Rock as seen from the approach ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Temple Rock in Laguna Beach
Temple Rock in Laguna Beach

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By Randy
Dec 19, 2015
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.
By JeffMK
Jan 24, 2016
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.

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