Temple Crag

Elevation (feet): 12,999
Elevation (meters): 3,962
Continent: North America
Country: United States
Range/Region: Sierra Nevada
State: California
Latitude: 37.1097
Longitude: -118.492
Difficulty: Scramble
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!

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 2 trip reports for Temple Crag.

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  • Log #15249 - by Roger Hayashi on Aug 05, 2001
    "Schweeeeetttt.......". Prepare to work around a few gendarmes on the last 4th class pitches (typical of the peaks in the Palisades). A very long grade IV.
  • Log #15248 - by Rick L. Jackson on July 12, 2001
    Climbed Moon Goddess Arete with Mike Flood in about 11 hours. We summited about 30 minutes before sundown, rapelling to the top of contact pass. Excellent adventure - especially the 3 flat steps you...