|Best months for climbing:||Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct|
|Year first climbed:||Unknown (circa. 1930's)|
|First successful climber(s):||Norman Clyde|
|Nearest major airport:||L.A. International|
|Convenient Center:||Big Pine|
Thanks to Dave Daly for adding this peak.
Temple Crag is another fine example of the Palisades region. The peak has a number of F.A.'s already established and can be researched by thumbing through R.J. Secor's guide 'High Sierra: Peaks, Passes and Trails' or Claude Fiddlers '100 Classic Climbs of the Sierra Nevada'. The peak can either be summitted by gaining a 3rd class pass then up a short section of 4th class on the south side of the peak. Or one can tackle any number of the long technical routes on Temple Crags north and east side. Moon Goddess Arete', Sun Ribbon Arete' and Dark Star, name just a few of the classics Temple Crag has to offer. Grades range from III to long grade V's, so get an early start before launching out onto these gems.
Logistics: Start at the trailhead from Glacier Lodge and head up the North trail to First Lake (5 miles approx.). Cross over to the east side of Second Lake and then hike past the eastern shoulder of Third Lake. One will encounter loose talus from the west shoulder of Mt Alice (use caution! Mt. Alice tends to cut loose large talus boulders when it thaws in early summer). Scramble and hike up to the notch above Third Lake which leads toward base of Temple Crag's numerous fluted aretes. There is a summit register on the peak under a large cairne. Descents can be made down the 3rd class pass between Temple Crag and Mt. Alice, back to Third Lake. Recommended route: Sun Ribbon Arete', 5.9 V....."ultra-classic" and fun exposure!
Thanks to Dave Daly for this description.