TEMPLE CRAG // JOHN MUIR WILDERNESS, INYO NATIONAL FOREST
Trad, 5.7 - 5.10c, Grade IV - V // Elevation: 12,999' // Trip Length 2-3 days
Truly a formation in a league of it's own, Temple Crag is considered by many to contain some of the best alpine climbing in the Sierra, playing host to a variety of iconic routes in the Palisade rage and beyond. The Palisade Range contains the southern most glaciers in the continental US which makes the approach to Temple Crag unforgettable with it's emerald green First, Second and Third Lakes. Temple Crag has multiple routes to choose from, beginning with the 3 star classics, Venusian Blind (5.7, Grade IV, 13 pitches), Moon Goddess Aret (5.8, Grade IV, 18 pitches), followed by the 4 star must-do's Sun Ribbon Aret (5.10a, Grade IV, 22 pitches) and the infamous Dark Star (5.10c, Grade V, 16 pitches). The Palisades have some of the most breathtaking alpine scenery in all the Sierra. That, doubled with it's relatively moderate approach makes this an incredibly popular area for recreational climbers. Any Temple Crag climb is considered a 2 day trip due to the length of the routes. We recommend any route on Temple Crag for the intermediate to experienced alpine climber looking to take their skills to the next level.