To some discerning eyes (and with imagination) this formation appears to be the head of an elephant, facing south. The massive and steep east face of the Elephant Head is the first, and the largest, formation encountered when making the approach to Texas Canyon. The East Face is destinguished by the large caves along the base of the wall. The East Face is labeled as The Caves in Troy Mayr's 2004 Southern California Sport Climbing (3rd edition).
From the parking area, follow the dirt road, west, past the locked gate. The East Face of the Elephant Head is the formation with the caves, as the crags of Texas Canyon come into view.
Climb five or six feet up the slab that forms the base of the gully between the Elephant Head and the pinnacle. Stem right, clip the 1st bolt, and pull onto the prow of the pinnacle. Continue pulling knobs, small pockets, and inclusions up the face. Work up and left across the middle of the steep, featured slab. Near the top of the slab work to the right and pull the bulging headwall to a break. Here climb the right side of the face as it narrows to a rounded arÍte. Continue up the arÍte, then l...[more]Browse More Classics in CA
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